Derek Hough & Amy Purdy “Freestyle”
Derek Hough & Amy Purdy “Tabletop Jazz”
Amy Purdy was a contestant on season 18 of Dancing with the Stars. Paired with five-time champion Derek Hough, Purdy was the first double amputee contestant to ever appear on the show. Hough was, at the time, fresh from winning his fifth Mirrorball trophy, planning not to coming back to the show, however, he changed his mind when Purdy joined the show as a contestant.
During the show Purdy was repeatedly praised for her fast learning skills, immense natural dancing ability, incredible endurance and passion and for being a role model.Despite having no legs, she never received any score lower than an 8. She received her first perfect score (40 out of 40) for her eighth dance, the Argentine tango, despite dancing it after having an intense back injury the week prior. Purdy went on to receive two more perfect scores later on, though she also came close to a perfect score in four other dances where she received almost-perfect scores (29 out of 30 or 39 out of 40).
Purdy was consistently deemed safe to advance to the week after, and she made it all the way to the finale with Olympic ice dancer Gold medalist Meryl Davis and actress Candace Cameron-Bure. Purdy eventually finished as a runner-up to Davis, and Bure took third place. In her appearance on the show, Purdy broke several records: she was the first double amputee contestant on the show and joined the list of few contestants to never receive any score lower than an 8 from the judges. Her performance average of 27.9 out of 30 is among the top ten of the highest ever on the show’s history (with Davis’ 28.4 average being the highest ever).
Derek, Amy & Oprah enjoying lunch
Derek Hough is an American professional latin and ballroom dancer and choreographer. He is known for his work, since September 2007, on the ABC dance-competition series Dancing with the Stars, on which he has won a record five seasons. He also won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography in 2013 for three routines that he choreographed on the show.
Hough has also acted in several stage productions such as in the 2006 original production of Footloose: The Musical at the Novelo Theatre in London’s West End. He also starred in Make Your Move, a 2013 Romeo and Juliet-inspired South Korean-American independent dance film. In 2014, he guest appeared at ABC’s musical drama Nashville.
Derek authored “Taking the Lead: Lessons from a Life in Motion”, Aug. 2014.