Julianne Hough To Judge Dancing With The Stars

By: Ellisha Rader Mannering - August 22, 2014

Julianne Hough got her start on Dancing With The Stars, and now she is back for more. Don’t expect to see Hough competing though, she will be seated at the judges table.

Hough said that she was excited to be back on the show and to be able to offer her advice and perspective to the dancers.

“After being on tour with my brother [Derek], it felt like time to move on,” Hough said. “I felt like I really reconnected with fans, and the people have supported me since day one. They have followed me from Dancing with the Stars to my other aspirations. It just feels like the perfect time to reconnect and be a part of where it all began, with my family.”

Hough will be judging some of the same people she danced with when she was on the show the first time around, including long-timers Cheryl Burke, Mark Ballas, Karina Smirnoff and Tony Dovolani. She will also have to judge her own brother, Derek Hough.

Hough said she isn’t worried about judging her brother or her friends and believes that she will be non-biased towards them all.

“Derek has been known to be very good with his partnerships,” Hough says, laughing. “But it’s not about my brother, nor is it about Cheryl or Mark. It’s about the partnership and the celebrity who is dancing.”

Dancing with the Stars returns Monday, Sept. 15, at 8 p.m. ET, with 12 new dancers. The celebrity dancers will be announced on Sept. 4 on Good Morning America.

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  • Andrew Edenbaum

    Aren’t her 15 minutes long over.

  • brad

    This is going to bring me back to the show! Looking forward to seeing her this season! She did make the show what it is and now she can save the show!

    • deltafour1212

      Save the show?! LOL
      She just killed it.
      You must be one of those DWTS “producers”

  • Luanne Blossom

    Crap. I was really kinda hoping that wouldn’t happen. She did NOT impress me with her judging skills last season.

  • deltafour1212

    What in the heck are they thinking?!
    They jump shark by doing the All Stars DWTS
    They hire Brook Burke
    They hire Erin Andrews
    They do the guest judge thing
    Switch partners thing
    They keep letting the audience vote which turned it into a popularity contest.
    Now they hire nasally winy voice Julianne Hough as the fourth judge as her other career choices have all tanked!
    Are they purposefully trying to get this show off the air?!

  • susieq

    Can’t see her not being bias to some extent. After all, it is her brother.