Derek Hough made his debut on Hairspray Live! -- and he turned in one impressive performance.
The Dancing With the Stars vet showed off his singing voice for the first time on NBC’s live production of the beloved musical on Wednesday night, confirming that he’s much more than an accomplished dancer and choreographer.
As Corny Collins, the host of Hairspray’s fictional The Corny Collins Show, Hough surprised fans by expertly belting out classic tunes, “The Nicest Kids in Town,” "(It's) Hairspray" and “Ladies’ Choice.”
In “Ladies Choice,” Hough sang and danced to the song originally performed by Zac Efron, who played Link Larkin, in the 2007 big-screen movie. Right after the upbeat number, the 31-year-old rolled off his lines to the in-production Oreo commercial without skipping a beat.
Though Hairspray Live! marked the first time Hough has sung in an official capacity, he’s no stranger to singing. (His younger sister, Julianne, played Sandy on Fox’s live production of Grease on Jan. 31.) Check out Hough performing to "Singin’ in the Rain"!
Many were impressed by Hough’s performance, taking to Twitter to share their quick takes.
Derek Hough singing "Ladies Choice" is everything!!! 🙌🏼 #HairsprayLive— Taylor Ferguson (@taytayferg) December 8, 2016
But not everyone was into it.
Don't get me wrong, I love Derek Hough, but why isn't Link Larkin singing Ladies Choice!?!?!! #HairsprayLive— alyssa (@issa123) December 8, 2016
(& where is he?)
i was beyond excited about maybe possibly getting to see singing in the rain, but derek hough is not impressive. :( :( #hairspraylive— too tired (@imheretoscream) December 8, 2016
Wow @derekhough out of breath while singing Ladies Choice. Did they not rehearse?— Kristy S (@KristySki) December 8, 2016
I forgot what a mediocre singer Derek Hough is. Great dancer. Singing is weak. #HairsprayLive— Shades of Limelight (@CertainshadesL) December 8, 2016
Hough performing Link’s song on Hairspray Live! -- instead of Efron lookalike Garrett Clayton, who played the character on the live production -- was one reason Efron became a trending topic on Twitter as the performance went on.
Fans admitted that they missed the 29-year-old actor’s presence on the show.
Poor Garrett Clayton doesn't even get to sing the number they added to the movie for Zac Efron? Harsh. #HairsprayLive— Myles McNutt (@Memles) December 8, 2016