Just bursting in to comment on this.
I love Derek Hough, but hands down he's the expert on helping his celebrity partners fake it. He's the most brilliant choreographer in two dimensions in the Dancing with the Stars universe.
I say two dimensions because he finds lines and shapes, and then his choreography tends to be transitioning his partners between different "pictures". He often links elements with athletic (not dance) maneuvers. He's a showman and shrewd. He's a good dancer and very musical in his own right, but this is how he's worked on the show, and to great effect.
I've only watched this season sporadically, and so far have been frustrated that he choreographs for Kellie Pickler exactly as he choreographs for past celebrity partners who weren't the best movers but could hit good lines and had athletic ability. He is still about going from shape to shape, and much less about the feet and the floor.
I'm curious if the short dance cleans up Davis White's slop, because however else I'd critique Hough, he favors very clear shapes, and no filler.