Amy Purdy Talks 'Dancing With the Stars,' Her Reality TV Past, and Why Derek Hough Is a Dream Partner
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Yahoo TV caught up with Purdy to talk about her surprising next dance, her relationship with pro partner, Derek Hough, how she plans to handle the show's mandatory partner Switch-Up, and the reality show that she once competed on but is now too busy to watch.
On her initial reaction when she was approached to compete on "Dancing With the Stars"
"My first thought was, as long as it's after the Paralympic Games I'm in," Purdy said. "I'm really motivated by music, and I love dancing even if it's just by myself in my room or if it's going out with my friends. So I felt like I already have a passion to do this — if I can ballroom dance, I don't quite know yet. But I at least know I have the drive to do it, so that helps."
On what she was surprised to find out about Derek Hough
Purdy knows she lucked out in the partner department. Not only is Hough a five-time mirrorball champ and the show's only Emmy-winning choreographer, but he's a great friend, too. The pro dancer even traveled with her to Sochi to train so that she could compete in the Paralympics.
"What's amazing and what I continue to find out more about, we're very like-minded," Purdy revealed. "He's very spiritual. And we really think alike as far as how we deal with challenges... and overcoming those challenges. I feel like I have [a] dream partner not because it's Derek Hough and because everyone's, like, 'Oh he's so hot, an Emmy-winning choreographer.'... I think because of how well we connect and how much we think alike, that's what makes it such a dream partnership."
Hough — who has also worked with fellow Olympians and "DWTS" competitors Meryl Davis and Charlie White — hasn't dished on any weakness secrets about this season's dynamic ice-dancing duo ("No, that's funny I should ask him that," Purdy said with a laugh.), but it doesn't matter because Purdy and Hough aren't focusing on their competition, anyway.