Brooke Burke and Derek Hough

Brooke Burke and Derek Hough - Dancing With the Stars 2008

Brook Burke
Actress, host, entrepreneur

A host, actress, entrepreneur and celebrity mom, Brooke Burke has truly done it all. She has graced numerous magazine covers, has her own top-selling swimsuit calendars, and is regularly ranked in men’s magazines as one of the sexiest women in the world. Recognized worldwide as host of the hit travel series Wild On!, Brooke has since hosted several high profile network series, including Rock Star: INXS and Rock Star: Supernova. On the acting front, she has guest-starred on such television series as Las Vegas, Less Than Perfect, Eve, It’s All Relative, The Bernie Mac Show, Monk, Rock Me Baby and That’s Life. Brooke is a mother of four and recently launched her own babystore, a site where she shares her secrets (and some products she used) to get back in shape after giving birth.

Derek Hough
World Under 21 Latin American Champion
Two-time Open British Champion (Blackpool)
Two-time International ‘Open to the World Champion’
Two-time US Open Champion

Style: Latin
Nationality: American
Based in: London, England
Status: Not Currently Competing

In Season 6, Derek and partner Shannon Elizabeth finished sixth, while in Season 5, Derek and partner Jennie Garth reached fifth place.

Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, Derek has been dancing since he was 11 years old. He moved to London at the young age of 12 with his sister, Julianne, to live and train with his dance coaches, Shirley and Corky Ballas. While living in their house, he became best friends with their son, Mark Ballas, with whom he also started a band.

In addition to a successful dance career, Derek also performed on London’s West End and played the lead in Footloose. He tried to juggle dancing and theater, but found it to be too difficult. He recently took a break from competing to focus on acting and singing.

Derek is young, charismatic, and loves to entertain. He was one of the dancers on the first Dancing With the Stars Tour and is currently a choreographer on the BBC (UK) hit show, Dance X. He’s looking forward to bringing all of his creative visions to the Dancing with the Stars ballroom.

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