It wouldn't be Thanksgiving without #DanceWars!
As promised, Dancing With the Stars' Derek Hough and Julianne Hough kicked off their annual challenge Thursday night. Joined by friends and family, the siblings—who wore festive turkey hats—performed a choreographed dance routine to Sheppard's "Geronimo." Derek posted the first video to his Instagram account and wrote, "#thanksgivingdancewars has begun!!! What really happens during family prayer."
The second video, which Derek and Julianne both published, featured crazy camera work! "Welcome to the home of #thanksgivingdancewars #dancebattle. TURKEY MAN SAYS BRING IT!!!" the Houghs wrote.
Maria Menounos responded by performing Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" with her friends and family. "Here we go...@juleshough & @derekhough started while I was still cooking. but we are gonna crush everyone tonight!!" E!'s Untold host wrote on Instagram. "Here are a few of my song ideas if u wanna do ur own videos w/ur families: bang bang, anaconda. #thanksgivingdancewars @markballas where r u?"
Mark Ballas wasted no time performing Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars' "Uptown Funk" with Sadie Robertson and a few other Duck Dynasty stars. He invited many more people to join in #DanceWars, writing, "This is war part 1...Where you at @derekhough @juleshough @witneycarson @therealalfonsoribeiro @bethanynoelm @janelparrish @iamvalc @mariamenounos @erinandrews @legitsadierob @bosshogswife @duckdynastyae @young_and_beardless #ThanksgivingDanceWars #DanceWars #DanceBattle #TeamQuackAttack #QuackPack #DuckDynasty." In the second video caption, he wrote, " This is war part2 ...Where you at @derekhough @juleshough @witneycarson @therealalfonsoribeiro @bethanynoelm @janelparrish @iamvalc @mariamenounos @erinandrews @legitsadierob @bosshogswife @duckdynastyae @dylan_chambers @young_and_beardless #ThanksgivingDanceWars #DanceWars #DanceBattle #TeamQuackAttack #QuackPack #DuckDynasty."
The Houghs then shared three new videos. "Ladies and gentlemen introducing DJ A.M.P getting the party started!" they wrote. "#thanksgivingdancewars #dancewars #dancebattle @freddys_good_side." They also introduced another family member and performed a routine to Pitbull's hit single "Fireball."
Julianne also introduced a few other family members.
Maria wigged out for her next routine. "Happy #ThanksGivingDanceWars everybody!!! Check out this hot freakin' video to #BANGBANG we are killing it. Can you top that? @markballas @juleshough @derekhough #DanceVideos #ThanksGiving #ArianaGrande #JessieJ #NickiMinaj #DanceItOUT #OneHotNumber," she wrote.
Julianne accepted Maria's challenge and choreographed a chair dance. "The girls are on FIRE!!! It's time to step it up @mariamenounos WE CAN DO THIS IN OUR SLEEP," she wrote. "Big shout out to all the families posting videos... We are watching and you are killing it' keep them coming!!! #thanksgivingdancewars #dancewars #dancebattle @marabethpoole @derekhough @michaelpoole47 @dj_a.m.p #turkeyman."
The famous friends created #DanceWars during Thanksgiving in 2013; Derek and Maria were partnered on ABC's Dancing With the Stars and have remained friends ever since. The video challenge was so much fun that Julianne recruited her BFF Nina Dobrevto join them for the Christmas edition of #DanceWars.
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(Originally published on Thurs., Nov. 27, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. EDT.)