Derek Hough is up for another Emmy for Outstanding Choreography!
The 31-year-old pro dancer and entertainer headed to Instagram, reacting to the news after the announcement came earlier this week.
WOW!!! Thank you so much to the #Emmys for the nomination! Always such an honor!! I also want to thank my beautiful partner @bindisueirwin for inspiring me and allowing me to create for her,” Derek wrote. “It was a such a special season:) I want to give a HUGE shout out to the @dancingabc production team for always bringing the choreographers ideas to life.”
Bindi Irwinadded on her Instagram, “Wishing @derekhough and the entire @dancingabc family the biggest congratulations for the Emmy nominations. Incredibly blessed to have been a part of the magic that is created on the show. Derek, you inspire people all over the world every day through what you create, thank you for letting me be a part of the journey last year.”
Derek was nominated for three of their performances on Dancing With The Stars — their Foxtrot, Argentine Tango and Freestyle. You can watch them all below!
But if he does return, he’s already got his dream partner picked out: “I don’t know. They do a great job of picking people that are entertaining and fun. If I could have anyone it would be Shakira. She’s, like, my No. 1 choice. I think she would be amazing.”
Speaking with People earlier, Paige opened up about returning to the hometown where she was bullied so badly that her family moved.
“I recently got asked to go back to the town and speak at a school my aunt teaches at,” Paige shared. “I’ve been wanting to speak to students for a long time now but I just wasn’t quite sure how to go about it. So what a better place to start than the town where I had my own problems.”
She added, “It happens to everybody, but with social media I feel like it can be even worse now. You can’t change everyone. There’s going to be mean people out there. But no matter what you’re going through, there is a brighter future and the hurt and pain you’re feeling is real but there is a light at the end of the tunnel.”
Nyle also mentioned how amazed he was that DWTS judge Carrie Ann Inaba took the time to learn sign language.
“It was really very touching and, you know, she actually took the time to learn sign language and we don’t really see that often in this world, so that really meant a lot to me and it really touched me and it really hit me right at the heart,” Nyle explained.
Watch his interview along with the other DWTS finalists below…
Team PowRightInTheKiser were the top scorers of the night on Monday, with 59 points out of a total 60 from their redemption dance and freestyle performance.
Paige and Mark earned 30 points for their salsa and jive fusion set to “Little Bitty Pretty One” by Thurston Harris.
“I just want to write a thank you. To all the people who have been there for me and supported me. To all the amazing emails and messages from all of you telling me that I can do this and I can make it,” Paige wrote a few days before the finals to her fans.
She added, “I have struggled with confidence issues for most of my life and embarking on this journey was very scary for me. I could not have expected so much love. I would not be able to carry on with out all the positive support. Thank you all so much. I am going to push on. All for you! Thank you!”