Julianne Hough will not be returning to Dancing with the Stars as a judge for Season 22, according to a report from the New York Daily News. The hit show begins again on March 21 and will feature the return of veteran DWTS judge Len Goodman.
Hough has a long history with Dancing with the Stars as both dancer and judge. She appeared as a dancer on the show from 2007 to 2009 and returned from 2011 to 2013 as a guest dancer or judge. Julianne returned to Dancing with the Stars in 2014 as a judge. Will she be back? Well, it sounds like it.
Producer Rob Wade said, “Julianne will always be a part of the Dancing with the Stars family and we hope to see her back in the ballroom in the future.”
Regarding her departure, Hough had this to say, according to Yahoo News.
“I will miss being on the panel for Season 22, but have a lot of exciting stuff coming that I look forward to sharing. The pro dancers, producers and crew at DWTS will always be my family… I promise it’s not the last you’ll see of me in the ballroom.”
Julianne is sure to stay busy in spite of not returning to Dancing with the Stars. She never seems to be lacking for opportunities to showcase her talent. Hough starred in Footloose as the troubled and lovely Ariel Moore and recently received rave reviews for her role as Sandy in Grease Live!
Julianne Hough is sure to be missed on Dancing with the Stars, but another favorite judge will be returning, Len Goodman. The 71-year-old will return this year after being absent last year due to prior commitments. During the last season, in which Goodman appeared as a judge on DWTS, he and Hough both doled out praise and criticism for performances along with Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba.
Julianne has more than her dancing career to keep her busy, as she is also engaged to NHL professional hockey player Brooks Laich. Hough’s fiancee plays for the Washington Capitals.
They announced their engagement on August 18, 2015, with an Instagram post that read, “We are overwhelmed with joy and excitement to share with you our recent engagement! #fiance #love.”
The couple has not announced a date for their nuptials. Julianne recently gushed about Laich to Redbook.
Entertainment Tonight reports that in that interview, Hough said, “Because of the nature of my career, it’s very easy for me to call the shots and ‘be the man. So it’s very nice to feel like a strong woman and still have my man be my leading man.”
Did Julianne send Brooks any photos from the Grease Live! set?
“Oh, for sure! I sent like 17, and only of bad Sandy,” she revealed.
Julianne Hough’s first acting role was in 2001 in an uncredited role as a “Hogwarts schoolgirl” in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. In 2010, she appeared with Cher and Christina Aguilera in the movie Burlesque. She played the part of a dancer named Georgia. Hough’s first leading role was Footloose in 2011. Since then, she has appeared in five more films: Rock of Ages, Safe Haven, Paradise, Curve, and this year’s Dirty Grandpa.
Julianne Hough’s self-proclaimed second family is Dancing with the Stars. The show has been on the air since 2005, broadcasting a total of 381 episodes. In that time, Dancing with the Stars has won 14 Primetime Emmys, including one that went to Julianne Hough, her brother Derek, and Tessandra Chavez for Outstanding Choreography in 2015. Julianne and Derek won another Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Choreography in 2009, and Julianne alone was nominated for the same award in 2008.
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