Julianne Hough is officially back on Dancing With The Stars, but this time, she won't be dancing. The singer, actress, and former ballroom pro on the show, will be a judge, joining the existing panel of three. Despite reports that judge Len Goodman was going to retire, he signed on for the new season. According to ABC News, Julianne will be joining Len, Carrie Ann Inaba, and Bruno Tonioli when the show returns to television next month.
This is the first time that the show will have four judges. Generally, there have been three judges, and a few weeks of guest judges. Hough actually was a guest judge last season, and evidently she did a great job. She is beyond thrilled to be on the show in a different capacity, though DWTS fans seem to have mixed feelings about Hough as a judge.
Julianne Hough won two Mirror Ball Trophies on the show when she was dancing as a pro. She knows all of the ins and outs, and she does give very good criticism and will always provide an honest opinion. She's also much younger than the other judges, so she will be giving out advice from a different point of view, which could be really great.
Despite reported that Maksim Chmerkovskiy would be joining the show as a judge, he previously said that he wanted to replace Len Goodman. Since Len isn't leaving (yet), Maks didn't get the gig... but there could have been a lot more to it than that. Maks hasn't always been the easiest person to get along with on the show. Even still, people love him, and many hope that he will return in some capacity this season -- perhaps a surprise dance with Meryl Davis?
Do you think Julianne Hough is a good addition? Will the show be different with four judges instead of three? Do you think Len will retire after this season? The "stars" of the show will be announced on Sept. 4 on Good Morning America.