'Dancing with the Stars' Pro Derek Hough's Hot Chick Clause -- Talentless Need Not Apply

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Derek Hough is paired up with Maria Menounos for this season of "DWTS."
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Derek Hough is paired up with Maria Menounos for this season of "DWTS."

Okay, so maybe it isn't a technical truth that "Dancing with the Stars" pro hoofer Derek Hough has a hot chick clause in his contract, but you have to admit something: It's uncanny that he manages to snag a gorgeous and or extraordinarily light-on-her-tootsies celebrity partner every single season. Just in case it seems like I'm blowing smoke, here's a look back at the string of lovely ladies who've shimmied and shook for Mirrorball glory on the talented blonde's arm.

It all began back in season five with "Beverly Hills, 90210" alumna Jennie Garth (who, if you keep track of such things, just went splitsville with hubby Peter Facinelli). After Derek pried the surprisingly inhibited but svelte and beautiful Jennie out of her shell, the duo went on to perform a string of technically sound routines. Judge Len Goodman gave the pair a perfect 10 for their week four Paso Doble, and Jennie helped Derek earn his first perfect 30 ever following their last dance of the season. They finished a respectable fourth.

Season six featured Derek spinning actress Shannon Elizabeth around the ballroom. Although not the best dancer of the bunch, Shannon had a hot bod going for her. Well, two hot bods. Derek didn't win the Mirrorball --didn't even come close-- but he got a girlfriend out of the experience. Not a bad consolation prize, if you ask me.

Up next on Derek's illustrious dance card was current "DWTS" co-host Brooke Burke. Brooke put moms of four everywhere to shame --and I can say it because I am one!-- with her flawless physique. And the dancing? Oh, child. No one else even came close. No one. If ever there was an embarrassing 'oops, we cast a ringer' moment, it was when Brooke was a contestant.

Derek's mad ballroom skills were next imparted to spunky rapper 'Lil Kim during season eight. Although the ex-jailbird endured plenty of character assassination attempts by judge Bruno Tonioli, Derek and Kim kept their heads held high and rumpshook their way to fifth place.

Beautiful actresses? Check. Talented singer? Check. So what was next for Derek? A stunningly beautiful swimsuit model, of course, in his season nine partner Joanna Krupa. The pair didn't capture the glittering prize at season's end, but they did finish fourth behind a trio of outlandishly popular celebs: Donny Osmond of the Osmond Machine, singer Mya and reality star slash season nine feel-good story Kelly Osbourne. And they delivered one of the series' most memorable routines in their freakily futuristic Paso Doble.

Seasons 10 and 11 featured back-to-back Mirroball wins for Derek, who partnered Pussycat Doll-turned-"X Factor" mentor Nicole Scherzinger and actress Jennifer Grey to victory. Although Jennifer had moments both good and bad, Nicole, like Brooke Burke, came dangerously close to ringer territory. After taking season 12 off to film "Kobu 3D", Derek returned to "DWTS" to hoof it alongside actress and talk show maven Ricki Lake during season 13. Ricki's innate dancing skills and dedication to the competition didn't win the trophy, but it did seal third place.

So what's on tap for Derek when season 14 premieres on March 19? You can never be sure what will happen with a legion of fickle voters at the reins, but once again, his chances look good. He's paired with the lovely and fit TV personality Maria Menounos, whose work ethic he's already praised as "insane." And of course, she's hot.

Will Derek cha cha his way to a mind-blowing fourth win on "Dancing with the Stars" when the show concludes in May? As I've already noted, you never know. But one thing's for sure: The unacknowledged Hot Chick Clause is still alive and well.

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