Will Derek Hough’s 4th Mirrorball Win Signal His End on ‘Dancing with the Stars’?

The Popular Pro Could Fly the Coop While He's at the Top of His Game

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Will Derek Hough’s 4th Mirrorball Win Signal His End on ‘Dancing with the Stars’?
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Derek Hough has made "Dancing With the Stars" history!

The show's season 16 finale marked another win for the professional ballroom dancer, giving him a fourth mirrorball trophy to add to his collection. But could this latest win mean the end of his reign on the long-running TV dancing competition?

The popular pro dancer already said he hadn't been planning on competing this season, but something told him to. That "something" was country star Kellie Pickler, the blonde-pixied ball of fire who partnered with him to become the show's 16th mirrorball champ. The couple beat teen Disney star Zendaya Coleman and Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones for the "DWTS" title.

Derek recently said he has big plans beyond "DWTS," the show he's starred on since its fifth season in 2007. And it almost sounded like a goodbye speech as he thanked the show's staff on the Season 16 finale and called them "the best."

In a recent interview with the Associated Press, he said he had a last minute feeling that Season 16 wasn't the season he should be taking off. " This isn't the one," he said. But he didn't rule out leaving the show at the end of his now-winning season, especially since the show's tight schedule leaves little time for other projects.

"It's been a huge factor in me not being able to do other certain projects," he said. "I've been offered certain roles on certain shows that would've been fantastic but unfortunately they were (on) competing networks. It's been difficult to juggle both things but I feel like it's coming to a point now where there's a lot more."

One project that's already in the works is a new Starz series, "Blackpool." According to Deadline, Derek and his sister Julianne Hough have been tapped to executive produce and serve as head choreographers on the series, which will delve into the darker side of the world of ballroom dance.

While Derek may definitely be ready to spread his wings and move on to other things, the recent announcement that "Dancing With the Stars" will scale back to one night per week starting next fall may ease the pain of the scheduling conflicts.

He told Life & Style, "I'm at two minds about it. I think we could make it work and it will be fantastic - the same show just a lot bigger. I think that's exciting. I will miss being able to do certain special performances because of the time, but I will enjoy the extra day to rehearse for the Monday show."

Derek has won the "Dancing With the Stars" title with partners Brooke Burke-Charvet, Jennifer Grey, and Nicole Scherzinger, and now with Kellie Pickler. If he left the show now, he'd definitely be leaving at the top of his game.

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