The three returning pros – Derek, Cheryl and Maks – did an interview with Us Weekly in the latest issue of the magazine. We know that many fans didn’t get the chance to buy the issue but, thanks to the online version of the magazine, now everyone can read it!
Be sure to go to Us Weekly and read it 😉 Below some excerpts of Derek’s answers.
On being accused for favoritism…
It was frustrating [being accused of favoritism], because it discounted my work and how much I put into teaching and choreography. I’ve been very fortunate with partners. But it’s not rigged. Production has said to me, honestly: “People are complaining, so we’re going to give you this partner, because it seems more difficult.” Then I ended up winning. Whatever somebody says about me, that’s a reflection on how they feel and how they are. I just say, Look, I’m putting in the work. I don’t need extra drama.
Us: The pro-partner relationship is intense, almost like you’re a real couple. Tell Us about that.
DH: Everyone’s excited and it just happens. But it’s not a sexual thing. It’s a closeness, a security, a trust. All the things you want in a relationship! I always joke that I’ve been married and divorced 18 times. You get so wrapped up in your partner, and then the show’s over. You’re like, “My heart’s broken!”
Us: Any other nightmare partners?
DH: One partner had a meltdown in rehearsal that was so bad, I went over to the camera, ejected the tape and broke it. I got in serious trouble with producers. They said, “You cannot interfere,” but there was no way I was going to let a human being come off like that.