Derek Hough cannot be stopped!
He's handsome, he's talented, he's got moves, and he's the biggest champion that Dancing With the Stars has ever had. Sure, the hit ABC reality competition is supposed to highlight the improved moves of various B- and C-list celebrities—but we all know that the best and brightest A-lister will always be Derek. (The swooning is implied.)
On Tuesday night, Hough and his celeb dancing partner Amber Riley were crowned the champion couple of DWTS' 17th season. Now, Derek has a total of five (yes, F-I-V-E!) mirror-ball trophies decorating his sure-to-be shimmering mantle. So what is it that makes this blond booty-shaker so wonderful? Let us explain by taking a look back at his five best Dancing With the Stars performances…
Hough first joined DWTS in season four as guest advisor to guide his sister Julianne Hough and her then-partner—and eventual champion—Apolo Ohno. The dancing pro was then asked to join the show in season five and has been shimmying and shaking his way to multiple victories.
Out of the 12 seasons that Hough has competed in (he sadly skipped season 12), he's won an unprecedented five mirror-ball trophies and transformed multiple celebrities into household names due to his incredible choreography and unique teaching techniques.
Hough later added Emmy winner to his impressively vast résumé after snagging the award for Outstanding Choreographer at the 2013 Primetime Emmys. Ready for more amazing Hough-related dancing facts? Of course you are! The dashing dancing pro has earned 32 perfect scores of 30s and 164 perfect 10s over the seasons. Feel free to brush that dirt off your shoulder at any time, Hough!
To help you fully appreciate Hough's dancing excellence, we've pulled five of his best performances from the each of the leading ladies who helped him earn a mirror-ball trophy.
1. Season 7, Week 5: Hough and Brooke Burke dancing the jitterbug. Score: 29
Just look at those bangs! Ten seasons ago, Hough looked like a teeny-tiny dancer who was eager to prove himself on the dance floor.
2. Season 10, Week 9: Hough and Nicole Scherzinger dancing the Argentine tango. Score: 30
With his victory firmly under his belt, we began to see Hough's confidence as a professional partner shine in season 10.
3. Season 11, Week 9: Hough and Jennifer Grey dancing the cha-cha. Score: 30
Paired with dancing darling Jennifer Grey, Hough showed that no one puts baby in the corner by leading her to his third victory and the first back-to-back win in series history.
4. Season 16, Week 7: Hough and Kellie Pickler dancing the samba. Score: 29
He's shirtless. We repeat, Hough is shirtless while making his country cutie look fantastic despite a tough rehearsal week. We're almost positive that his abs helped him earn extra points this season.
5. Season 17 Week 10: Hough and Amber Riley dancing jazz. Score: 30
In an effort to hide his partner's injured knee, Hough used his dancing expertise to come up with a perfect jazz routine that was both challenging yet high-energy. Well done, darling. Well done.