I happen to like Derek.
I do understand, though, why some don't.
I think, however, that Derek gets better partners often times because he is 1 of the best dancers /choreographers on the show.
And, I certainly like Derek a lot more than Mark. I'm not overly enamored of Mark or his father.
I'm thinking, too, that Derek may not always be so lucky with his partners.
There was a lot of negativity toward the Krupa lady when she was on. Lots of us didn't care for her. I sure thought she was highly overrated.
I think those of us who have heard briefly of Nicole may have already formed an image of her and it may not be a positive one.
So, perhaps, in addition to getting some of the "better" dancers, perhaps they also give Derek some of those in need of a popular and well liked partner.