DWTS fans fear Derek Hough will miss season 30 finale after shock announcement

DWTS fans worry Derek Hough, who served as a guest judge during a recent episode of the competition series, won't be able to return after he revealed he tested positive for COVID-19 despite being 'fully vaccinated'.

The professional dancer shared the news on Tuesday, after he was set to appear on the show one day earlier.

In a video posted via Instagram, Derek said: "Even though I've been fully vaccinated, I've just been diagnosed with a breakthrough case of COVID.

"I just found out and I feel OK. I feel strong. I'm currently taking advice from medical professionals to get better as fast as I can. I'm currently in quarantine."

He promised fans: "I'll make sure to keep you guys all updated with what's going on, but I just want to send my love out there to all. Stay safe."

Derek did not say whether he will be able to judge the DWTS finale next week.

He also did not say whether anyone else on the show had tested positive for COVID-19.

He did, however, note: "This week's show in Vegas will be rescheduled for a date soon, stay tuned and I'll announce the new dates shortly."

A number of fans were bummed about the prospect of Derek sitting out the DWTS finale

"Does this mean no shows this weekend?!?" one follower wrote.

Another commented: "Wb finals? Can u judge from zoom."

"Get better soon!!! Your residency! The finals! speeeedy recovery. sending good vibes from New Jersey."

Host Tyra Banks announced on Monday that Derek would be absent from the judges table, which shocked viewers.

She said during the show: Although he's fully vaccinated and tested negative, Derek will sit out tonight's show out of an abundance of caution."

Viewers were thrilled to have Derek back on the show, which he has served as both a dancer and a judge, again.

He left the show as a dancer in 2016, much to the chagrin of his fans. He remained in the spotlight, and currently has a Las Vegas residency.


Fans flooded the comments on Derek's post with positivity, wishing him well as he recovers.

One fan wrote: "Sending you love."

Another commented: "Sending lots of wishes for healthy recovery. Get well soon."

A third fan wrote: "Take it easy!! Prayers for a quick recovery."

Derek is one of many DWTS cast members to come down with the virus this season.

Cheryl Burke revealed that she and partner Cody Rigsby, of Peloton fame, tested positive earlier this season.

The pair were forced to perform their dances virtually before they were cleared to return to the ballroom with their costars the following week.

The DWTS finale is set to air on Monday, November 21.

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