DWTS Judge Derek Hough Announces Breakthrough COVID-19 Diagnosis

DANCING WITH THE STARS - ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" stars Derek Hough. (ABC/Adrienne Raquel)
(ABC/Adrienne Raquel)

A week before the Dancing with the Stars season 30 finale, judge Derek Hough announces that he’s tested positive for a breakthrough case of COVID-19.

The dancer and choreographer made the announcement on social media Tuesday morning.

“Hey everyone, I have some news to share,” announced Derek in a video clip. “I wanted you to hear it straight from me. Even though I’ve been fully vaccinated, I’ve been diagnosed with a breakthrough case of COVID. I just found out. I feel OK, I feel strong. But I am currently taking advice from medical professionals, doing everything I can to get better, as fast as I can.”

Derek continued, “I’m currently in quarantine. I’ll make sure I’ll keep you guys all updated on what’s going on. I just want to send a lot of love out there to all…stay safe.”

Alongside the video, Derek wrote, “This week’s shows in Vegas will be rescheduled for a date soon, stay tuned and I’ll announce the new dates shortly!” Along with sitting on the Dancing with the Stars judges panel, Derek has been starring in his own Las Vegas residency titled “No Limit.” The  Venetian Resort residency was scheduled to run though November 21. 

Derek doesn’t mention whether he will appear on next week’s Dancing with the Stars finale or not. There are protocols in place for determining when it’s safe to rejoin a production. He probably won’t know until closer to next Monday. In any case, Derek could appear remotely. A breakthrough COVID cases didn’t keep finalists Cody Rigsby and Cheryl Burke from competing earlier this season. They simply danced solo from their homes.

Get well soon Derek.


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