Julianne Hough Returns to ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ Is it for Good?

Julianne Hough is making a return to “Dancing with the Stars,” however is it a one-night stand?

The 33-year-old “Grease” star is a two-time mirrorball champion on the ABC superstar ballroom competitors, profitable the coveted trophy with companions Apolo Ohno and Helio Castroneves in seasons 4 and 5, respectively. Her final spherical as professional dancer on the show was in 2009. Julianne left the DWTS professional dancer cast — save for a visitor efficiency or two — greater than a decade in the past, however she returned to the ballroom in 2014 to function a decide till season 24 in 2017, per IMDb.

Here’s why Julianne is again for the season 30 finale.

Julianne Was Brought in to Fill in for Her Brother Derek Hough on the Judges’ Panel

For the “Dancing With the Stars” season 30 finale on November 22, 2021, Julianne was recruited to make an sudden return to the ballroom as a result of her brother Derek’s latest optimistic COVID-19 take a look at and subsequent quarantine.

According to Entertainment Tonight, with DWTS decide Derek sitting the finale out, Julianne will reunite with judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, and Bruno Tonioli to attain and critique the finalists within the competitors earlier than crowning the season 30 mirrorball champion. The last 4 {couples} are Amanda Kloots and Alan Bersten, Cody Rigsby and Cheryl Burke, Iman Shumpert and Daniella Karagach and JoJo Siwa and Jenna Johnson, per Gold Derby.

Julianne beforehand informed ET that she does “miss the show” and tunes in to DWTS when she will be able to. She added that watching the show as a fan is “nice” as a result of she will be able to now have “favorites,” in contrast to when she watches the performances as a decide.

Julianne Hough Has Not Ruled out a Permanent Return to ‘Dancing With the Stars’

Julianne Hough and Helio Castroneves on Dancing With the Stars

The Hough siblings have come and gone on “Dancing with the Stars.” After profitable a history-making six mirrorball trophies, Derek stop the show in 2016 to function a decide on rival community NBC’s “World of Dance” for 4 seasons. In 2020, he returned to the DWTS fold as a decide.

But would Julianne contemplate a everlasting return to the ABC ballroom? In 2019, she informed Us Weekly she would by no means rule out a comeback to the show that made her well-known.

“Look, by no means say by no means, since you by no means know what sooner or later can be from the subsequent,” she mentioned. “But, I owe my profession to that show! I used to be 18 and so they introduced me again in two other ways. I used to be a dancer, I used to be a decide and I’m so blissful for every little thing that is occurring there.”

I addition to working as a dancer, Julianne is an actress and singer. She beforehand informed ET that she left the long-running TV dance-off as a result of she had an excessive amount of else on her plate.

“So many issues are occurring,” she mentioned in 2018. “Obviously, ‘Dancing’ has at all times been my household. I used to be on it, I left for a short time, I got here again. So, who is aware of what’s going to transpire [in the future]. But as of proper now, I’m specializing in… my performing after which my music. That’s actually kind of my focus proper now.”


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