A few months later, on February 22, 2013, Hough announced that he would be back for season 16, stating on his Twitter account, "Wasn’t sure if I was able to do this season because of my other projects, but worked it out so I can do both. The couple made it to the first night of the finals, finishing in fourth place. Notes: Hough and Grey hold the most perfect scores in all 16 seasons with six perfect 30s.

On February 24, 2015, Hough was announced as one of the returning professional dancers on season 20 despite previously reporting he would not be taking part in this season. The couple made it to the finals and won the competition on November 24, 2015, marking Hough's sixth win on the show. On August 30, 2016, it was revealed that Hough would once again return as a professional dancer for season 23. They won season 11 on November 23, 2010 and this season marked Hough's third win, making him the first pro to win three times.

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star came for a visit at the studio with her boyfriend Ryan and ran into one of her former dancing partners, checking out Derek‘s drone he was trying out in the parking lot.

Since September 2007, Hough has become known for his work on the ABC dance-competition series, Dancing with the Stars, on which he has won a record six seasons.

He has won the LA Outstanding Dancer of the Year and the New York Dance Alliance Outstanding Dance awards.

On September 22, 2013, for the first time, the category for Outstanding Choreography for the Emmy Awards was moved to the Primetime Live Show, and all of the nominees in the category were to create and perform a number with the host of the show, Neil Patrick Harris.

In 2013, he starred in Make Your Move, a Romeo and Juliet-inspired South Korean-American independent dance film.

As of 2014, he has held a recurring acting role on ABC's musical-drama, Nashville.The event started off in Sherman Oaks with a workout session at Pulse Fitness Studios led by celebrity personal trainer and owner, Mark Harari.The participants then took part in a 2-mile run along Ventura Blvd, before finishing off with a dance fitness class at Just Dance Los Angeles. For season eleven, Hough won for the third time with actress Jennifer Grey, known for her film roles on Dirty Dancing and Ferris Bueller's Day Off, on November 23, 2010.He is the second cousin of musicians Riker, Rydel, Rocky, and Ross Lynch from R5, their maternal grandmothers are sisters.When Hough was 12, his divorcing parents sent him to London to live and study with dance coaches Corky and Shirley Ballas.It's going to utilize the talents of all of them to put this number together as choreographers." On September 12, 2015, Hough won his second Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography, alongside Julianne Hough and Tessandra Chavez.