I love to watch "Dancing with the Stars"... but this season it just won't be the same without Derek Hough.  E! News is reporting that Derek won't be competing on the upcoming installment.  The three-time Mirror Ball Champion will be taking time off to shoot his feature-film debut, "Cobu 3D."  "Dancing's" executive producer, Conrad Green, says they're completely behind Hough, remarking, quote, "We wish Derek the best as he takes time off from 'Dancing With the Stars' to pursue his film career and look forward to having him return to the show in the fall."  The 12th season of ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" is slated to begin in March.  

He'll be a tough one to replace.  He's a champion who knows how to entertain the audience, all the while keeping his cool - and oh, that smile... love it!

Any idea who you would like to see step into to replace Derek?  Please feel free to leave a comment below!

Courtesy of Metro Source