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.

With a total of nine nominations, he has won two Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Choreography for several routines that he choreographed for the show.

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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.

As of 2014, he has held a recurring acting role on ABC's musical-drama, Nashville.

On December 7, 2016, Hough played the role of Corny Collins in NBC's live musical TV-production, Hairspray Live! All of his grandparents were dancers, and his parents met while on a ballroom dancing team in college in Idaho.

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.

I'm choreographing a number for our world champion ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White to perform at the Olympics next year.

They graciously asked me to do it, and how could I say no? On March 18, 2014, Hough, along with his sister, Julianne, announced a summer tour of over 40 cities across the U. and Canada, called "Move Live on Tour", which would include dancing and singing from both of them, and the appearance of a group of dancers employed by the Houghs who were chosen through auditions.

The three children formed their own pop music trio 2B1G ("2 Boys, 1 Girl") and performed at dance competitions in the UK and the U. As well as being trained in many forms of dance, Hough can also play the piano, guitar and drums.

Hough is a former WDSF World Latin Champion (2002) as well as a Blackpool U-21 Latin title lland with Aneta Piotrowska.

For week nine, however, Liukin performed her Quickstep with Farber and her Viennese Waltz with Hough.