Derek Hough should just go ahead and become The Bachelor, just so Ryan Seacrest can stop playing matchmaker. Ryan is dating Derek’s fellow Dancing With the Stars champion sister, Julianne Hough, and apparently whenever a single lady is on Ryan’s radio show he tries to set her up with Derek.
Recently, Ryan set Derek up with USC sorority girl Christina Jones, who wanted revenge on her ex-boyfriend after he dumped her right before the Beaux & Arrows Formal Dance. After her “date” with Derek, Christina interviewed the DWTS cast and got into a faux feud with his Season 14 partner Maria Menounos.
“So you do know that Derek and I are very special friends and we actually started dating on Friday … is it going to be difficult sharing him this season with another woman?” Christina asked Maria, who replied, “Maybe, but I think I have him many more hours than you do!”
But before anyone gets the wrong idea, Derek’s publicist told RumorFix of Christina, “They aren’t dating.” Derek also does not seem to be dating Maria, even though they are close — they’ve been spotted everywhere together and he can put up with her annoying laugh. If that isn’t love...
Back to Ryan for a minute. He had Broadway and GCB star Kristin Chenoweth on his radio show recently and gave her a bunch of single guy options to date. She chose Ryan’s buddy, Derek, calling him “Dreamy McDreamerson.” Ryan said he’d pass along Kristin’s number. No word yet on how that turned out.
Derek also seems to be close to his exes, Shannon Elizabeth and Cheryl Cole. Derek and Shannon started dating when she was his DWTS Season 6 partner. She told Access Hollywood they went out to dinner recently as friends. Derek was also recently spotted at a Coldplay concert, singing along with his ex Cheryl Cole.
Last fall, during DWTS Season 13, Derek was linked to The Hills star Lauren Conrad. But in late October, Derek seemed to be flirting with sexy Celebrity Rehab star Jennifer Gimenez.
Derek seems to be a flirtatious guy and, like his DWTS BFF Mark Ballas, his touchy-feely ways can easily be misinterpreted as romantic when they’re just affectionate. If he does have a real girlfriend during Season 14, he’s hiding her behind one of his four chest hairs. But he’s probably just focused on winning a record fourth Mirror Ball trophy. That’s his real love!
Catch the next new episode of DWTS on Tuesday, March 27 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
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