Hough spoke with USA Today about the coming season and it being his “swan song. It's my last hurrah."
Despite his standing as one of the most popular pro dancers on the show, he thinks it’s time to move on to test his appeal outside of the ballroom.
Taking a queue from his sister Julianne Hough, he wants to sashay his way onto the big screen, and can’t do that with his current obligations.
"It's really difficult to do both, impossible really," Hough says. "This show is full time … there is zero flexibility. And I want to do other projects. I want to push myself into other areas."
"And this is my 10th season, a great benchmark," he adds. "You just kind of feel it. I need to take that chance. It's important."
In other news, the names of the contestants wanting to take a second chance at winning that infamous mirror ball trophy, for the redundantly named “Dancing with the Stars All-Stars” have been released.
And the Double Stars Will Be:
Kelly Monaco (season one winner)
Drew Lachey (season two winner)
Emmitt Smith (season three winner)
Apolo Anton Ohno (season four winner)
Hélio Castroneves (season five winner)
Shawn Johnson (season eight winner)
Bristol Palin (season eleven second runner-up)
Kirstie Alley (season twelve runner-up)
Gilles Marini (season eight runner-up)
Melissa Rycroft (season eight second runner-up)
Joey Fatone (season four runner-up)
Pamela Anderson (season ten, eliminated week seven)
The Wildcards (one of which will become legit by online viewer voting):
Carson Kressley (season thirteen, eliminated week five)
Kyle Massey (season eleven, runner-up)
Sabrina Bryan (season five, eliminated week six)
Phew, thank goodness Bristol is back because who can get enough of her?
Anyway, who these chosen ones will be partnering up with is still twirling in the air, that announcement is set to come sometime in August.
Let’s hope they find a good one for Hough on his farewell tour.
"Dancing with the Stars All-Stars," premieres September 24 on ABC.