Derek Hough is returning to Dancing with the Stars

Aug 14, 2011 at 11:00 p.m. ET

Derek Hough took some time off to pursue his acting career, but now he's heading back to the dance floor of Dancing with the Stars.

Dancing with the Stars sure missed its three-time champ for a short minute, but Derek Hough is back and ready to take back his mirror ball trophy.

Hough is returning this fall to Dancing with the Stars and we're putting everybody on notice now -- we want him to take back his mirror ball trophy.

"I will be back," Hough told People.com. "It was good for me to take a season off and see what the audience sees." The dance-machine added, "It gave me a new boost and inspiration to want to do some great things."

In his time off from the dancing competition, Derek worked on the movie Cobu 3D, and he said the experience gave him the chance to "push myself and introduce me to a career I'd love to do more. It was a fantastic experience."

The season 13 cast of Dancing with the Stars will be announced on August 29 during the commercials for Bachelor Pad 2.

Everyone from Snooki to Rob Kardashian has been rumored to be heading to the new season of Dancing with the Stars, but we'll have to wait until August 29 to find out for sure.

Season 13 of Dancing with the Stars will premiere on September 19.

Who do you want to see on the dance floor this season? Sound off in the comments section.

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