Derek Hough leaves 'Dancing With the Stars' for Season 12

derek-hough-dwts-getty-320.jpgThree-time "Dancing With the Stars" winner Derek Hough has announced that he's bowing out of the show for the upcoming 12th season, People reports. Hough is taking the time off to shoot dance movie "Cobu 3D" in New York and Toronto this spring.

"I'm taking season 12 off," Hough confirms. "I will be making it back to 'Dancing With the Stars' in the fall. I'm just taking a little break and taking this chance to grow and expand a little bit as an artist. It's like I told one of the producers on the show - I'll come back with a whole new set of skills."

In "Cobu 3D," Hough plays a street dancer from New Orleans who falls in love with a drummer in New York (played by Korean pop star BoA) who belongs to a rival dance crew. How very Romeo & Juliet! "People will see a much edgier side of me and these other styles of dance I'm capable of doing," Hough says, noting that he's already put on 10 pounds of muscle for the role.

Will you miss Hough on 'DWTS'? Looking forward to seeing him dance in 3D?
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