Julianne and Derek Hough are teaming up to share all the behind-the-scenes drama in competitive ballroom dancing, according to a Feb. 26 article in the Hollywood Reporter. The dancing brother and singer duo are developing the Starz drama, from which they will undoubtedly draw from their many years of world championship competitive experience.
The show, “Blackpool,” revolves around the “prestigious annual ballroom competition in Blackpool, England, with a focus on the darker side of ballroom dancing.” Julianne Hough has made no secrets of the darker side of dancing. The dancer-singer-actress recently revealed in a Cosmopolitan cover story that she was a victim of physical and emotional abuse as a young dancer living in England.
Speaking with the Hollywood Reporter about “Blackpool,” Julianne said, “When you’re in the world, you’re so invested. It’s literally the be-all and end-all. But when you step back from it, you see that obsession with perfection and the fact that the lifestyle that you thought was so glamorous is actually a little shocking.”
Her brother, veteran “Dancing With the Stars” pro dancer, and “American Idol” alum Kelly Pickler’s partner for season 16 of “DWTS” emphasized that “Blackpool” will delve into hidden areas of the sport. “What makes it so interesting is seeing all of the politics and the scandal,” he told the Hollywood Reporter. “It’s framed in the world of ballroom dancing, but the stories that are intertwined are of the partnerships and the sex and the love triangles.”
The duo will also serve as executive producers and head choreographers on Starz series. In addition to this show, the siblings are busy on other projects.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Derek, the only three-time champion in “DWTS” history, recently took a season off from the ABC competition to film his first feature film, “Cobu #D: New York Nights.” Julianne Hough is on promotional duties for her latest movie, “Safe Haven.”
And Derek for his part, continues to amp up the project, according to the Los Angeles Times. “I cannot wait to give audiences a fictionalized view of the world that I experienced growing up,” he said in a statement. “Viewers are going to see a twisted, sexy, funny, dark and passionate side of the drama and politics in the world of ballroom dance that delves deeper than spray tans and sequins.”
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