Derek Hough takes time out from dance practice to meet with the fans outside the studio in Los Angeles on Saturday afternoon (May 16).
The multiple Dancing With The Stars champ turned 30 on Sunday (May 17)!
“Happy Birthday to this sweet face! My older brother @derekhough What a special gem you are DMan! You touch so many people’s lives by what you do but mainly by who you are! I know I’ve been all up in your space for the last 27 years but I wouldn’t have it any other way! I look up to you more than you know! I love you D! #doyouhaveaniphone5charger? #heybabe #didyougetmefood? #lexiandharleymorningpresents #crashingatmybrothersbachelorpad,” sister Julianne wrote on Instagram.
Derek‘s best friend Mark Ballasadded, “HAPPY 30th Derek.. I Can’t believe we’ve been friends for 20 years. Feels like yesterday we met at center stage in Utah. Thank you for being the brother I never had and for always having my back, inspiring me and pushing me to be the best I can be.. I’m honored to call you brother and I love ya.. Happy Birthday @derekhough.”
In case you didn’t hear, Derek and Julianne will be performing a special dance to Sia‘s “Elastic Heart” and Witney and Chris will be reprising their “Footloose” dance they performed earlier in the season.
Sadie confirmed the news on Instagram, writing, “sorry I have already posted this but we can finally tell yall WE WILL BE DANCING TOGETHER TUESDAY NIGHT AT THE FINALE!! they can’t get rid of us ???? @therealalfonsoribeiro.”
Derek Hough happily poses with a fan outside the dance studio in Los Angeles on Friday afternoon (May 8).
In his new blog, the 29-year-old pro dancer opened up about really bonding with DWTS partner Nastia Liukin this week.
“I got to know Anastasia, the girl who’s fun and giggly, not Nastia, the Olympic champion…On Tuesday, I saw that Nastia was still upset about it [the video package the show aired] and I felt like there was something else there. One of my favorite parts of the show is being a mentor and a friend and I haven’t had an opportunity to do that this season, so we had this great conversation in the trailer. I opened up to her and I think that made her feel safe,” he wrote.
Derek added, “And I think that helped her open up to me. It was a massive breakthrough. Regardless of the competition, it’s the friendship and personal gain from the experience that are important and everlasting. What’s even funnier is when we were talking about her, the producers knocked on the door and told us to look at some freestyle songs in case we make the finale. And you know, we had just talked, cried and hugged. We shared tears. So we were like, ‘Let’s listen to some music!’ The very first song we put on was literally what she was saying minutes before about herself. We both looked at each other, like, ‘This is crazy.’ If we make the final, we’re definitely using that song. Too bad they couldn’t capture that on camera!”
Pro dancer Witney Carson is also pictured outside the studio. 25+ pics inside…