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Sasha Farber Reveals The Most 'Intimidating' Judge On ‘DWTS’

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By Kelly Coffey-Behrens on October 11, 2022 at 9:00 AM EDT

This season of “Dancing With the Stars” has an all-star cast as celebrities such as Wayne Brady, Jessie James Decker, Charli D’Amelio, Sam Champion, Shangela, Gabby Windey, and Selma Blairare all competing for the Mirror Ball.

Alfonso Ribeiro and Tyra Banks are co-hosting the new season of “Dancing with the Stars”, which is currently airing on Disney+, having recently moved from its original home network, ABC.

Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli and Derek Hough have all returned to the 32nd season as judges -- but who is the most "intimidating" judge? One professional dancer is speaking out.

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Sasha Farber Says Derek Hough Has "Stone Cold Look"

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Sasha Farber, 37, has been competing on "Dancing With the Stars" since Season 5 when he was partnered with Jennie Garth. Having been part of the show for years, the Russian-born dancer has a pretty good idea on who the most "intimidating" judge is -- and it's not Len Goodman

“The most intimidating judge would have to be Derek [Hough],” the 38-year-old professional dancer told Us Weekly. “You never know what he’s thinking. He’s always got this stone cold look and then [his score] could be, like, really bad. [Or] then he’s like, ‘That was great.'”

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Derek Hough appeared on 17 seasons of "Dancing With the Stars" before his final dance in 2016. He went on to take a four-year break to be a judge on NBC’s "World of Dance." The 37-year-old made his return to "Dancing With the Stars" when he was asked to sit in for judge Len Goodman as he was unable to travel to Los Angeles during the coronavirus pandemic.

Fans loved Hough as a judge so much so that the reality competition show asked him to return as a regular.

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Sasha Farber On This Season Of "DWTS"

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Sasha Farber is competing on this season of "Dancing With the Stars" alongside partner Selma Blair, but he is keeping a close eye on his ex-wife, Emma Slater, and her partner, Trevor Donovan.

“There are definitely a lot of dark horses, and Trevor came in this competition being afraid to dance,” Farber told Us Weekly. “That’s, like, the main thing you wouldn’t do if you’re afraid to dance, is do a dance show. And he’s firing on all cylinders. He’s doing phenomenal. … The best dancer doesn’t always win. It’s a race, and it’s long. It’s a marathon. So, I think everyone has their own little advantages and disadvantages.”

Other celebrities currently competing on this season are:

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  • Wayne Brady with dance partner Witney Carson
  • Sam Champion with dance partner Cheryl Burke
  • Charli D’Amelio with dance partner Mark Ballas
  • Heidi D’Amelio with dance partner Artem Chigvintsev
  • Jessie James Decker with dance partner Alan Bersten
  • Shangela with dance partner Gleb Savchenko
  • Jordin Sparks with dance partner Brandon Armstrong
  • Gabby Windey with dance partner Val Chmerkovskiy
  • Daniel Durant with dance partner Britt Stewart
  • Vinny Guadagnino with dance partner Koko Iwasaki

"Dancing With the Stars" currently streams live on Disney+ every Monday at 8 p.m. ET.

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