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Derek Hough won't appear on 'Dancing with the Stars' Season 22

The dancer first joined the series as a pro in Season 5.

By Annie Martin
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Derek Hough won't appear on 'Dancing with the Stars' Season 22
Derek Hough at The Weinstein Co. and Netflix Golden Globes after-party on January 11, 2015. The dancer won't appear on "Dancing with the Stars" Season 22. File Photo by David Silpa/UPI | License Photo

LOS ANGELES, March 2 (UPI) -- Derek Hough will reportedly sit out Dancing with the Stars Season 22.

Sources told news outlets the 30-year-old professional dancer will take the season off to focus on his forthcoming role in Singin' in the Rain on Broadway.

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"Derek will always love Dancing with the Stars and the friends he's made through the show," an insider told Us Weekly magazine. "And the door isn't closed there. He'll always be a part of the family."

Singin' in the Rain producer Harvey Weinstein announced Hough will star Saturday. Hough shared the news on Instagram, writing, "Proud to be a part of another adventure with The Weinstein Company. #Broadway #singingintherainmusical #classic #2017."

Word Hough won't compete follows news his sister, Julianne Hough, a former Dancing pro, won't return as a judge on the new season. The 27-year-old dancer said in February she "will miss" the show but has "a lot of exciting stuff coming."

"The pro dancers, producers and crew at DTWS will always be my family," she said in a statement. "I promise it's not the last you'll see of me in the ballroom."

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Derek Hough joined Dancing with the Stars as a pro in Season 5 and has won the ABC reality competition six times. He most recently won Season 21 with Australian conservationist Bindi Irwin as his celebrity partner.

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