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Derek Hough, Julianne Hough Sing and Dance to Open Disney Holiday Special

Photo by: Disney/Abigail Nilsson

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Dancing with the Stars judge Derek Hough recently teamed up with his sister and former DWTS pro Julianne Hough to host The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration. The special aired over the weekend and featured a festive opening number from the talented siblings.

Derek Hough, Julianne Hough Open Disney Holiday Special

Derek and Julianne took the stage at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom to perform in front of Cinderella Castle for Sunday’s special, which aired on ABC. Derek kicked things off by performing a song to introduce the special.

It’s no surprise that the star also did a little dancing. His number transitioned into a performance from Julianne, who took the stage to sing “My Favorite Things” from The Sound of Music. With the help of her backup dancers, she removed her red skirt to reveal a sparkly bodysuit.

Julianne launched into a dance routine set to a remixed version of the song before finishing with the original lyrics. Derek then joined his sister to announce the night’s lineup of performers before the two of them joined forces to sing “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” accompanied by Mickey and Minnie.


Performers Included Jordin Sparks, Katharine McPhee

Sunday’s holiday special also featured a performance from American Idol winner and DWTS Season 31 contestant Jordin Sparks, who sang “Trapmas Medley” from her holiday album Cider & Hennessy. Sparks performed from Disneyland.

Also performing from Disneyland was Clash of the Cover Bands judge Meghan Trainor, who sang her viral hit “Made You Look.” She started the performance off with a brief section of the holiday classic “Here Comes Santa Claus.”

American Idol alum Katharine McPhee also took the stage in Disney World to perform with husband David Foster. McPhee sang “Jingle Bell Rock” as Foster played the piano. The song appears on the couple’s new EP Christmas Songs.

The Hough siblings, as well as some of the same performers, will be back for Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade, airing December 25 at 10 a.m. ET on ABC.

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