The next day of Hairspray Live! – Reviews on Derek Hough and the show

I am still so happy and with a smile on my face after last night’s amazing performance and show by Derek and the whole cast! My favorites, except from Derek of course who killed it (and this is not a biased opinion 😉 ), were Jennifer and Kristin! They were also killing it…those songs…oh my God!
Also really impressed with Maddie who made her debut as a professional actress in such a big production with millions of people watching live! A little nervous on the first scenes but she got over it very quickly! Well done Maddie! You did a terrific job!

And it seems like most of the reviews have some great things to say about the show and our own Derek! Many are surprised by the fact that he can sing but…we already knew that! All these positive feedback makes me so happy! Well done Derek! Let’s take a look to some of those reviews!

Derek Hough made his debut on Hairspray Live! — and he turned in one impressive performance. The Dancing With the Stars vet showed off his singing voice for the first time on NBC’s live production of the beloved musical on Wednesday night, confirming that he’s much more than an accomplished dancer and choreographer. As Corny Collins, the host of Hairspray’s fictional The Corny Collins Show, Hough surprised fans by expertly belting out classic tunes, “The Nicest Kids in Town,” “(It’s) Hairspray” and “Ladies’ Choice.” In “Ladies Choice,” Hough sang and danced to the song originally performed by Zac Efron, who played Link Larkin, in the 2007 big-screen movie. Right after the upbeat number, the 31-year-old rolled off his lines to the in-production Oreo commercial without skipping a beat.

Hough was as charming as ever as Corny Collins, backing up his already-impressive moves with a surprisingly goodsinging voice and a cool Oreo trick that we can’t get out of our minds (and he can’t get off his jacket… We saw that little milk spill, Hough).

It’s a serious problem when secondary characters in a musical far outshine the leads, and that was very much the case here, notably Kristin Chenoweth as Velma Von Tussle, the arch villainess producer of Baltimore TV teen dance sensation, The Corny Collins Show. And as the host of that show, Derek Hough made his cheerful slickness appealing, lighting up the screen every time he reappeared.

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Derek Hough’s Dancing — and Singing! – Hough stepped into the shoes of TV host Corny Collins (a role originated by Clarke Thorell on Broadway and played by James Marsden in the 2007 film) for the live production, and showed off his triple-threat dancing, singing and acting skills for fans — and did it all in style! The Dancing with the Stars pro had numerous costume changes for the NBC taping, including pink, gold and purple suits.


NY Daily News keeps it short on Derek…but we love it and we agree! “Derek Hough can dance. Simple enough.” Be sure to read the whole review.

[Maddie and Harvey] were just two standouts in what may be the strongest cast a TV musical has gathered. Veterans like Kristin Chenoweth, Jennifer Hudson, Derek Hough and Martin Short blended perfectly with Ariana Grande, Dove Cameron, Garrett Clayton and Ephraim Sykes — with each having a moment to shine.

The ancillary nonsense, though, sapped the momentum of the show, which ran three hours and somehow still didn’t have room for “The New Girl in Town,” a smart, punchy number from the film version. Happily, though, it did fit in another song from the movie, “Ladies’ Choice,” albeit giving it to Corny Collins (Derek Hough) rather than Link Larkin (Garrett Clayton).


Hough was seemingly designed in a lab just to play the slick Collins, while Grande’s sheltered, nerdy Penny Pingleton showcased her ability to do sketch comedy. Hudson, well, she showed us why she won the Oscar for her role as Effie White in Dreamgirls

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