Julianne Hough Vowed She 'Wouldn't Hold Back,' And She Didn't

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Julianne Hough vowed before serving as a guest judge on Dancing With the Stars that she wasn't going to hold back when critiquing the dance contestants--and she didn't. Some fans of the show weren't particularly thrilled with her after last season's stint as a guest host.

"You can always count on me to tell the truth," she told ABC News prior to her stint as a guest judge. "It's all about making comments that whoever the dancer or celebrity is, they can be better for next week. There's never any harsh criticism just because I want to be harsh, that's not my nature or my character."

Hough also commented on new co-host Erin Andrews, who took the place of Brooke Burke-Charvet, whose contract wasn't renewed.

"I think Erin is doing fantastic," she said. "She's really fun and fresh. She's a little snarky. It's kind of fun and the celebrities and dancers are really enjoying it. It's fun to watch."

On Monday night, Julianne Hough joined Dancing With the Stars judges Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, and Carrie Ann Inaba as they judged the contestants who switched partners for the evening.

Hough guest judged DWTS last season, and rather harshly critiqued a performance by dance pro Mark Ballas and contestant Christina Milian. Some believe that harshness led to Milian's elimination the following week.

“You go in trying to give constructive criticism, but when the nerves get to you, you sometimes put your foot in your mouth, which I have done in the past. So this is my do-over,” she said. Hough also admitted that when it came to critiquing Ballas and Milian that she “could have probably said it a little differently.”

Did you catch Julianne Hough on Dancing With the Stars on Monday night? Are you surprised she was asked to serve as guest judge after what happened last season?

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Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.