As the most winning pro in “DWTS” history, Hough is undoubtedly a dance winner. But how do Derek’s champion celebrity partners stack up against each other? We rank the celebs — Jennifer Grey, Brooke Burke, Nicole Scherzinger, Kellie Pickler and Amber Riley — in order of how they might do compared to each other.
In order to help this, videos of each dancer’s freestyle are included.
Kellie Pickler (Season 16) – 30 points
In what was essentially an over-the-top contemporary dance, Kellie looked every inch a professional dancer, putting as much into the performance as Derek, if not more. Plus, she made Carrie Ann cry.
Amber Riley (Season 17) – 30 points
That stepping is pretty awesome. Even cooler is the way that Amber can actually command the stage, even with half a dozen professionals behind her.
Nicole Scherzinger (Season 10) – points
One small lift mistake doesn’t negate the fact that this was an incredible, dance-filled performance. You can see why she won here.
Brooke Burke (Season 7) – 27 points
A bouncy and fun ode to “Grease” is always a good choice. This dance essentially won the season for Brooke — as it should.
Jennifer Grey (Season 11) – 30 points
She carried a watermelon! However, despite 30 points from the judges, this wasn’t the most exciting freestyle ever. And Grey never had the season-long competition that some of the others had.
Can Derek do it again after Season 17? Should he?