She’s appeared twice as a guest judge in Seasons 17 and 18. Now Julianne Hough will become the fourth permanent judge for the upcoming season premiere on “Dancing with the Stars.” The announcement was made Thursday on ABC’s “Good Morning America” during a live appearance. Julianne will appear alongside head judge Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba, and Bruno Tonioli. Of course she’s no stranger to the reality competition show going into its 19th season.
Julianne is a two-time champion while as a pro dancer. She partnered with two athletes, Olympian Apolo Anton Ohno and race car driver Helio Castroneves for the mirror ball trophies. After leaving “Dancing with the Stars,” she ventured into a singing career in country music. Later on she appeared in musical films such as “Burlesque, ”Footloose,” and “Rock of Ages.” The latter based on the current Broadway musical. Her other movie appearances were in romantic dramas and comedies.
When Hough returned to the ballroom as a guest judge it was not without controversy. Last season she criticized fan favorite pro dancer Maks Chmerkovskiy for “phoning in” his performance. This was during the highly-successful switch-up week, where celebrities got different pro dancers. According to Julianne Hough, “I’m known to be a little bit honest and a little bit direct, but I think that’s my role as a judge in this.” She later added, "I want to see people improve.”
There is some concern on how she’ll judge her brother, current pro dancer Derek Hough, who is a five-time champion and Emmy-winning choreographer. Julianne claims Derek will not have an unfair advantage nor be overly harsh. Len Goodman stated last season he may be leaving. In a video message Goodman was glad Julianne will sit next to him, while acting as a buffer between the over-the-top Bruno.
“Dancing with the Stars” will announce its celebrity cast on “GMA” live Thursday, September 4. The season premiere, along with Hough’s debut as an official judge, takes place on Monday, September 15 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.