‘DWTS’ Fans Concerned Derek Hough Isn’t Returning As Judge

Derek Hough and Julianne Hough from the DWTS Instagram account

Dancing With The Stars Season 33 will be here in a few months. But will fan-favorite judge Derek Hough be part of the cast? Fans are worried the judges’ table will be down a person in the fall.

At the moment, Derek Hough and his wife Hayley Erbert are performing on their Symphony of Dance tour. These days, Derek’s talent is in high demand. Will he have enough time to judge Dancing With The Stars too?

DWTS Fans Express Worry After Derek Hough Is Missing From Photos

ABC already confirmed Dancing With The Stars Season 33 is waltzing back to television this fall. Pro dancers don’t receive an invitation until August. But many, including Jenna Johnson, are training and hoping to get that phone call.

Judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli, and Derek Hough generally have a little more job security. But will Derek have time to be a judge amid his busy schedule?

Derek Hough from the DWTS Instagram account
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A recent Instagram post from Derek’s sister and coster, Julianne Hough, has many DWTS fans asking questions. In the caption, Julianne said she was having a great time with her Dancing With The Stars family. Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba appear in the photos, but Derek Hough is noticeably absent.

What does this mean?


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A post shared by Julianne Hough (@juleshough)

The DWTS Instagram account shared photos from the same event on its account, alarming some fans. They flooded the comments to ask about the Utah native’s whereabouts.

They left comments including:

  • I liked having Derek as a judge!”
  • Where’s Derek????”
  • No @derekhough ? No go 😢”

Fortunately, there is good news.

The Utah Dancer Has A Lot On His Plate At The Moment

Derek Hough already confirmed he will return as a judge for Dancing With The Stars Season 33. In all likelihood, he was simply missing from the photos due to his busy schedule.

Fans know that Derek’s wife Hayley suffered an emergency cranial hematoma during the Symphony of Dance tour in December. They took time off so Hayley could recover before going back on tour and scheduling extra performance dates.


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A post shared by Derek Hough (@derekhough)

Right now, Derek and his performers are wrapping up the Symphony of Dance tour. More than likely, he and his family will take some time to rest, recover, and enjoy life before DWTS returns in the fall.

Unless something changes, fans can fully expect to see Derek in the ballroom when September rolls around.

Are you excited to learn Derek Hough plans to return to Dancing With The Stars this fall? Who do you think will join the cast this year? Share your own thoughts and ideas in the comments.

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