Derek Hough Returning to ‘Dancing With The Stars,’ Maybe Snooki and Queen Latifah, Too

'Dancing' Pro Derek Hough (Photo: Toby Canham/Getty Images)

'Dancing' Pro Derek Hough (Photo: Toby Canham/Getty Images)

It looks like “Dancing With the Stars” will have a blond moment. Three-time winner Derek Hough, a favorite with fans and his fellow dancers, is returning to the show for its 13th season. Hough took time off last season to shoot a dance movie, but indicated to producers last March that he was ready to return with even more razzle-dazzle than before. On Friday, Hough, who recently vacationed with his family on a house boat, made his return official, telling, “I will be back.” A fan on captured the general sentiment when she commented, “Welcome home.”

While the cast won’t be officially announced until August 29, the dance card is apparently starting to fill up. is reporting that “Jersey Shore‘s Snooki, Queen Latifah and Tiffani Thiessen (‘White Collar’) are going to compete in the next season of “Dancing With the Stars.” They’ll allegedly join Rob Kardashian, whom TMZ had previously said would be in the new cast. There’s still no confirmation of anyone from the network end yet, however.

One more question that always pops up around this time of year: What about Derek’s sister,Julianne Hough – wills he be back? Don’t count on it. She is working on the movie “Rock of Ages,” and she has a starring role in a remake of “Footloose,” which will be in theaters in October.

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