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Derek Hough leaves his dancing shoes behind and heads to ABC’s ‘Nashville’

Derek Hough is an upcoming TV star.
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Derek Hough has spent most of his life as a professional dancer and has also dabbled in the music business. Now, he is about to become a TV star. Deadline has just confirmed on Thursday that the five-time "Dancing with the Stars" champion has just landed a mulch-episode gig on ABC’s “Nashville,” which will be starting its third season next month.

The 29-year-old dancer is slated for the role of Noah West, who is described as a 'beguiling and disarming' movie star. His character will be cast in a biopic of a famous country singer and will very much be involved with the rest of the cast. He definitely has some singing experience as he was in a band with fellow dancer and good friend, Mark Ballas.

He is also not new to acting as he starred in the movie “Make Your Move” and was on stage in the production of “Footloose.” He used his dancing skills in both. However, he may, or may not, leave his dancing shoes at home when he is seen in this new role. Hough seems to be quite a multi-talented guy.

Hough was just announced this week as being back on the dance floor on season 19 of “Dancing with the Stars.” There was a rumor weeks ago that he may not be returning to the reality show this time around, but it looks like he will be aiming to win yet another mirror ball trophy very soon. The celebrity dancers have yet to be announced.

In addition, Derek Hough has just finished up his Move Live on Tour dance shows with younger sister, Julianne Hough. Their two months on the road together was quite successful with many sold out shows in different cities. If that wasn't enough, the blond dancer also has a brand new book out called “Taking the Lead: Lessons from a Life in Motion” in which he writes about his early childhood and life growing up on the dance floor.

“Nashville” will begin its third season on Wednesday, Sept. 24, at 10 p.m. EST. Look for Derek Hough to make his TV acting debut sometime in October. Also, the new season of “Dancing With the Stars” premieres on Monday, Sept. 15, at 8 p.m. EST.

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