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Derek Hough is returning to ‘Dancing With the Stars’ as a judge

Hough will be replacing judge Len Goodman this season, who is currently unable to travel to the United States due to COVID-19 restrictions

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Nicole Scherzinger and her partner, Derek Hough, perform on “Dancing With the Stars” in 2010.

Nicole Scherzinger and her partner, Derek Hough, perform on “Dancing With the Stars” in 2010. Hough is returning to “Dancing With the Stars” as a judge, taking over for Len Goodman, who is remaining in the United Kingdom this season due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Derek Hough is returning to “Dancing With the Stars” — but this time around, he’ll be sitting at the judge’s table instead of performing on stage, according to CNN on Tuesday.

Hough, who is a six-time winner on “Dancing with the Stars,” will take the place of judge Len Goodman during the upcoming season, CNN reported.

Hough performed on “Dancing with the Stars” for nine years and 17 seasons before leaving the show in 2016, according to ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

“It’s like coming home,” Hough told “Good Morning America.” “Being a part of that show for so long, having such amazing memories and experiences and triumphs, I’m excited. I can’t wait.”

Meanwhile, Goodman will continue to be a part of “Dancing With the Stars” in a “different capacity,” as he is currently unable to return to the United States from the United Kingdom due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, according to Fox News.

Hough isn’t a stranger to the judge role — he has also acted as a judge on NBC’s“World of Dance” and intends to return to that show as well, whenever the next season happens, according to Entertainment Tonight.

His sister, Julianne Hough, has also acted as a judge for “Dancing With the Stars” from 2014 to 2017, according to Fox.

The new season of “Dancing With the Stars” will premiere on ABC on Sept. 14, according to CNN.