The biggest surprise for hardcore fans about the Dancing With the Stars Season 16 cast wasn't any of the stars, it was the news that pro Derek Hough will be returning for the spring 2013 season, despite previous indications that he was done with the show.
 
Derek has admitted that he had been planning to leave the show. He made the decision to return at the last minute. According to him, his main motivation was that he works better when he's busy. Given his venture into the TV production world with his new show on Starz, he apparently thought it would be good to keep doing DWTS, to help boost his overall productivity.

Fan reaction to his return has been mixed. For many fans, he's the true DWTS golden boy, the king of creative choreography and one of the best teachers around. However, others are tired of seeing him on top despite his penchant for breaking choreography rules.

Where do you fall? Is Derek a DWTS highlight in your book, or were you looking forward to seeing a season without him? Vote in our reaction buttons, and sound off in the comments below!

Dancing With the Stars Season 16 premieres March 18, 2013 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

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