...is "Dancing With the Stars". Oh yeah. I have to watch it even when it's pretty dull, like this season. But, the one person who is never dull is Derek Hough. His sister, Julianne, originally captivated me with her style and ability and her YOUTH! I think she was only 18 when the show debuted. But she was so accomplished and appeared, to my untrained eyes, as good as the more mature dancers. Derek, came on board a few seasons into the show. He is every bit as accomplished and talented as his sister, perhaps more so.
Watching him tonight, I am struck by just how incredible he is. The guy is 21 years old. 21. He has the athletic ability of Gene Kelly. He has the grace of Fred Astaire. I do not say these things lightly as I have worshipped both dancers all my life. I love dance movies from "Top Hat" to "The Red Shoes" to "Chicago", a recent fave. This young man is also a wonderful choreographer; probably the best on the show. Again, he is younger than his dancing peers but his talent is mature as you will see in the dance from Monday night when he and his partner scored perfect 10s.