Dancing With the Stars' Pro Derek Hough Joins Cast of ABC's NASHVILLE

TV Line reports that Dancing With the Stars five-time champion Derek Hough has signed on the third season of ABC's Nashville for a multi-episode story arc. He will join previously announced guest stars Laura Benanti, Alexa Vega and Brette Taylor for the third season of the show.

The talented dancer will portray Noah West, described as a "beguiling and disarming movie star who, after landing the leading role in a famous country singer's biopic, encounters Nashville's music scene for the first time." The role will mark Hough's major acting debut. He previously appeared in ABC's 'Better With You' in a guest starring role.

It was also announced this week that Hough will return for the 19th season of the ABC dance competition.

Nashville's third season debuts Wednesday, Sept. 24 at 10/9c.

About Derek Hough:

Hough, the only five-time champion in franchise history of the hit ABC show "Dancing with the Stars," started dancing in his hometown of Salt Lake City, UT, at age 11. Just one year later, he moved to London to live and train with the top dance coaches in the world and attend performing arts school where he studied theatre, music and dance.

A multi-talented entertainer and Emmy® Award-winning choreographer, Hough's professional ballroom accolades include, World Under 21 Latin American Champion, Two-time Open British Champion (Blackpool), Two-time International 'Open to the World Champion' and Two-time US Open Champion. Hough performed in London's West End where he starred as the male lead in the critically acclaimed stage version of "Footloose," was one of the featured dancers on the Dancing with the Stars Tour and a choreographer on the BBC (UK) hit show, "Dance X."

Hough is best known for his innovation and daring choreography on the show. His work has brought him Emmy® nominations and inquiries from the film and music world regarding his dance knowledge and ability. Hough just wrote his first book Taking the Lead: Lessons From A Life In Motion.
Last season he was partnered with Amy Purdy.

Photo courtesy of ABC

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