Houghkin ‘s DWTS, Nastia’s Indy 500 Grand Marshal, Derek’s NYSS & Flip and more

Heavy.com has some more details about our team’s week on DWTS, Nastia’s duty as Indy 500 Grand Marshall and Derek’s declarations about DWTS, NYSS and Mark & Derek’s Excellent Flip.

Nastia Liukin and Derek Hough have had a very successful, yet rough time this season on Dancing With The Stars. Both have been traveling back and forth as Liukin attends school at NYU and as Hough has been starring with The Rockettes in the show New York Spring Spectacular.

Nastia already announce on twitter about her participation as a grand Marshall at Indy 500

You can find more details in the Heavy.com article:

I have very fond memories of competing and performing in Indianapolis, and I will actually be back again in August for the P&G Gymnastics Championships. I’m really honored to be the Grand Marshal for this year’s Indianapolis 500. It will be so exciting to witness ‘The Greatest Spectacle in Racing’ – I can’t wait!

The Indianapolis 500 will be held Sunday, May 24, 2015 on Memorial Day weekend.

Also, in case you missed it, they remind us of Mark & Derek’s Excellent Flip air time on HGTV at 11:00 p.m. on Mondays.

For more interesting details, read the whole article here .

Source: Heavy.com

Derek Hough Multi Tasking and Jet Setting

Kellie Freeze has interviewed Derek a few times on his NYSS & Season 20 DWTS experience. Below is an excerpt from her TV Weekly Now article yesterday.

Derek Hough may have usurped James Brown as the hardest-working man in show business. Currently, the pro dancer on “Dancing With the Stars” (Mondays on ABC) also appears in “New York Spring Spectacular,” an eye-popping dance extravaganza featuring the Rockettes.

And in case you missed, her Q&A Monday from Channel Guide Magazine

Derek and Laura on Rachel Ray Show – April 10, 2015

Derek Hough and Laura Benanti talking with Rachel Ray and Curtis Stone about the New York Spring Spectacular, Dancing with the stars and other things 🙂

Derek Hough and Laura Benanti on Rachel Ray Show

The only thing constant in Life is Change…. see below for change in segment air date now with video

Derek Hough News

So we already knew, from Laura’s Grub Street Diet, that she and Derek taped with Rachel Ray for her show. UPDATE: the show will be on on April 10, 2015. Be sure you won’t miss it! They are both hilarious! Can’t wait to see them!


Check your local listings here for show times.

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Laura Benanti & Derek Hough-Led Rockettes’ NY Spring Spectacular Extends

Great news!!! According to Broadway.com …

This will put a spring in your step! The Rockettes’ New York Spring Spectacular, starring Tony winner Laura Benanti and five-time Dancing with the Stars winner Derek Hough, has extended through May 7. The show had previously been set to shutter on May 3 at Radio City Music Hall.


And now we have a new video from the lovely Rockettes with the info about the extended dates. See it here:

Derek Hough and Laura Benanti on Rachel Ray Show

So we already knew, from Laura’s Grub Street Diet, that she and Derek taped with Rachel Ray for her show. Be sure you won’t miss it! They are both hilarious! Can’t wait to see them on April 9, 2015.

UPDATE: The show will be on on April 10, 2015.


Check your local listings here for show times.

Find Out What Kind of Foodie Laura Benanti Is

Laura Benanti describes her schedule for the days from March 27 till April 1, 2015. Here is a part that includes a cute blurb with Derek.

“On Wednesday, I went to tape the Rachael Ray Show with my Spring Spectacular co-star Derek Hough. Honestly, I am not a dancer. I am a singer and an actress. Dancing with the Rockettes is pretty intimidating, but it’s also amazing. And, fortunately, what Derek does for a living is take people who don’t dance and drag them around, and then they win things. So that’s the good news for me — he’s good at dragging me around.”

Be sure to read the full piece at Grub Street

New York Spring Spectacular Music Revealed…

See the full song list of the New York Spring Soectacular (in no particular order):

Source: THR

Original recordings: 

“Run the World (Girls)” – Beyonce
“Vogue” – Madonna
“Come Get It Bae” – Pharrell Williams
“Bang Bang” – Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj
“Neon Lights” – Demi Lovato

Orchestral arrangements:

“Welcome to New York” – made famous by Taylor Swift
“Empire State of Mind” – made famous by Jay Z and Alicia Keys
“Happy” – written by Pharrell Williams
“Just The Way You Are” – originally recorded by Bruno Mars
“Singing in the Rain” – made famous by Gene Kelly
“Rain Drops Keep Falling on My Head” – written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David
“There Is No Business Like Show Business” – written by Irving Berlin
“New York, New York” – written by Kander and Ebb and made famous by Liza Minnelli and by Frank Sinatra
“The Way You The Look Tonight” – made famous by Fred Astaire
“I Won’t Dance” – made famous by Frank Sinatra
“America” – written by Neil Diamond
“Rhapsody in Blue” – written by George Gershwin
“Easter Parade” – made famous by Judy Garland and Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby
“Pictures in the Exhibition” – written by Mussorgsky
“I Could Have Danced All Night” – written by Alan Jay Lerner/Frederick Loewe
“Piano Sonata in A Major” – composed by Mozart
“Symphony #7 in A Major” – composed by Beethoven
“Hungarian Dance #2” – composed by Franz Liszt
“Symphony #3”— composed by Antonín Dvořák
Various sports themes

Original songs:

“NY Adventure” – written by Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy
“Bring It Home” – written by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman
“Force of Nature” – written by Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy

DWTS’ Derek Hough on Spring Spectacular, Fun & Being Single

A fun and quick interview with Derek at Broadway.com where he talks about Spring Spectacular and how his life is at the moment with two jobs on two coasts! Here is a part of it but be sure to check it at Broadway.com!

Hough’s definition of fun is as impressive as his trophy collection. “I thought: ‘Wouldn’t it be fun if I did Dancing With the Stars on my days off?’” How does he manage it? “I say that I’m living on ‘NET’ time, as in No Extra Time.””

Can Derek save the Rockettes?

It is a MUST READ article! We don’t even know which part to quote! It is simply amazing! Please read the entire article at New York Post.


“But if Hough is feeling the pressure to reverse Radio City’s fortunes and expand a beloved brand, you wouldn’t know it. The energetic 29-year-old, who has won “Dancing With the Stars” a record five times, is taking things in stride.”

“What’s so wonderful is that it’s not a Broadway show,” Hough tells The Post during an interview in his wall-to-wall mirrored dressing room, where he can’t resist preening and smiling at himself as we chat. Continue reading