Is Derek Hough the Next Justin Timberlake?

DWTS pal dishes on his departure from the reality show and whether or not he's got what it takes to make it on the big screen

By Marc Malkin, Brett Malec Feb 04, 2011 2:28 PMTags
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Derek Hough is saying bye-bye to the ballroom and hello to Hollywood.

The pro-hoofer recently announced he's waltzing away from the next season of Dancing With the Stars to make his feature film debut in the romance flick Cobu 3D.

But is leaving the hit reality competition show a smart move...?

"He's really a triple threat," Hough's pro pal Anna Trebunskaya told us at the premiere of Waiting for Forever. "He's a great actor, dancer, he can sing... I've actually seen him three years back before Dancing With the Stars on the West End in London and he was the lead in Footloose and he was excellent!"

Sound's like Hough may have what it takes to join Hollywood's exclusive triple-threat club, which already includes gorgeous guys like Social Network star Justin Timberlake and Mr. Wolverine himself Hugh Jackman.

"I'm going to miss Derek a lot [though]," says Trebunskaya. "I love Derek. I love his energy, his perfect hair, always perfect, but I'm very happy and excited for his new project. He totally deserves great things because he's awesome."

And although Trebunskaya tells us there's no word on which pro dancers will be coming back for DWTS' upcoming season, there is one famous face she'd love to see on the show.

"You know what would be kind of cool, and the person would win hands down, would be Bill Clinton," she laughed. "I'd be his partner! He has a charm. He's an old fox."