World of Dance’s Derek Hough Had to Wear His Sisters’ Hand-Me-Downs

Derek Hough
Derek Hough on ‘World of Dance’ Nino Munoz/NBC

Just a hint of pink! World of Dance judge Derek Hough told Us Weekly while chatting about the hit dance competition show and his role in Men’s Wearhouse National Suit Drive that growing up in a house full of girls — including sister Julianne Hough — meant he had to wear their hand-me-downs.

“When I was younger, all my hand-me-downs were girl’s clothes. So, like, if I got shoes, they’d have some pink in it because they were my sisters’ too,” Hough recalled. “I would have to get a Sharpie pen and color in the pink to black so that people didn’t know they were girl’s shoes.”

Hough who serves as a judge on the hit NBC show alongside Jennifer Lopez, Ne-Yo and Jenna Dewan Tatum told Us that he believes the show is so successful because of its ability to capture “the essence and the energy that is dance.”

Derek Hough and Julianne Hough
Derek Hough and sister Julianne Hough arrive at the InStyle And Warner Bros. Golden Globe Party in 2013. Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic

“I think that the energy the show provides is just super high-octane. It’s very heartfelt,” Hough said of the series produced by Lopez, which got picked up for season 2. “There are those moments when I film the show, and then I’ll be home watching the show and I’m like tearing up. I’m like, ‘Wait a minute, I already saw this.’ But it still gets you.”

The hit series gives dancers the platform to showcase their talents and compete for a $1 million grand prize.

The actor/dancer also spoke to Us about his involvement in the National Suit Drive. “My dad for years has been donating his collard shirts and suits to people over in South America. I saw what a difference it made and how they found pride in the way they looked. It gave them that confidence. That’s exactly what the Men’s Wearhouse mission is,” he explained. “It’s to give unemployed Americans the opportunity and the confidence to re-enter into the workforce. I think when you have that confidence, you’re just more likely to succeed and be on the right beat for success.”

World of Dance airs on NBC on Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET.

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