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Perennial "Dancing with the Stars" favorite Derek Hough is leaving the show for its upcoming 20th season -- but fans of the dancer won't be without him for long.

A rep for Hough confirmed with Variety that he's stepping down from "DWTS" next season to focus on his starring role in Radio City Music Hall's "New York Spring Spectacular," in which he plays the male lead opposite "Nashville" star Laura Benanti. The production kicks off in March and runs for seven weeks, conflicting with the "Dancing" schedule.

"I am ecstatic that I'll be able to extend my passion for performing to the Great Stage of Radio City Music Hall in New York Spring Spectacular," Hough said in a statement. "Performing at Radio City Music Hall in a show that celebrates everything that is beloved about New York City is a dream. I can't wait to show fans this's going to be like nothing they've seen me in before."

But according to Variety, Hough's leave of absence from "DWTS" is only temporary, with the dancer planning on returning to the long-running reality show for its 21st season. No word from "Dancing" network ABC yet on Hough's plans.

[via: Variety]

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