Derek Hough skipping Dancing with the Stars 12, but will return for 13

Three-time Dancing with the Stars winner Derek Hough is leaving the show for a season, but he says he will return for the 13th season in the fall. Instead of competing, he’ll be filming Cobu 3D, playing a dancer who falls in love with a character played by singer BoA.

“I’m taking season 12 off,” Derek told People. “I will be making it back to Dancing with the Stars in the fall. I’m just taking a little break and taking this chance to grow and expand a little bit as an artist. It’s like I told one of the producers on the show — I’ll come back with a whole new set of skills.” That’s because the film will feature “a much edgier side of me and these other styles of dance I’m capable of doing,” he said.

Producers are supportive of his absence. Executive producer Conrad Green told the magazine, “We wish Derek the best as he takes time off from Dancing with the Stars to pursue his film career, and look forward to having him return to the show in the fall.”

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