We've said it once, we've said it twice, we've said it countless times: Derek Hough is beyond amazing. And last night's episode of "Dancing with the Stars" really let his star-power shine.
Hough got together with "So You Think You Can Dance" choreographer Christopher Scott to create the "Macy's Stars of Dance" performance—a tribute to classic Hollywood. The piece featured Teen Beach Movie's Jessica Lee Keller (Christopher Scott was also the choreographer behind that Disney original) as a glamorous Hollywood starlet. Hough played the part of the starstruck male lead, who fantasized about dancing with the woman of his dreams. The story unfolds with split screens, set changes, props, super fast footwork, break dancing...
True to Hollywood form, it was sheer entertainment.
Kenny Ortega, who served as guest judge, told Hough, "You redefine choreography of this generation." That's pretty high praise coming from the renowned choreographer of High School Musical and This Is It, and we'd have to agree with him!
In the end, Olympian Charlie White was sent home. We're pretty bummed—we were crossing our fingers for an epic face off between White and his ice dancing partner Meryl Davis for that coveted mirror ball trophy. Ah well...at least now White can be #TeamMeryl during next week's finals!
In case you missed it, here's last night's Hough-tastic Hollywood tribute. Enjoy!
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
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Madison Jordan and Jarrod Tyler Paulson brought their real-life romance to the audition stage. (Adam Rose/FOX)
It's usually right around the third or fourth week of "So You Think You Can Dance" audition rounds that we start itching for the live shows. Sure, the auditions are fun, inspiring, and entertaining, but at a certain point, we reach audition saturation. (And the live shows are just so good and feature so much more Cat Deeley.)
All that said, Nigel and co. kept things spicy this week, so our attention remained firmly glued to the screen. (It's been 16 seasons—who are we to doubt Nigel Lythgoe, sir?) Here's how it all went down.
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