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Julianne Hough named as fourth judge on 'Dancing with the Stars'

Season 19 of "Dancing with the Stars" will have four judges when the reality show returns with a two-hour airing on Sept. 15. The fourth judge was officially revealed on "Good Morning America" on Thursday. The new addition at the judges' table is Julianne Hough who appeared on the ABC's morning show to talk about her new assignment.

Julianne Hough named fourth judge on "Dancing with the Stars"
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Hough is no stranger to "Dancing with the Stars." She was a guest judge in season 18 and once in season 17; however, this time she will be a full-time judge along with the other three regular judges: Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, and Bruno Tonioli. Head judge Goodman has already indicated that he will be absent several times during the season to be on his other dancing show, "Strictly Come Dancing" in England. In his absence, there will still be enough judges left.

The news came as no surprise to Hough's fans. They had already suspected she would be the new judge. In fact, in the Aug. 19 TV Guide report Hough had already been named as the fourth judge even before it was official. Hough is deserving of the position. She brings a lot of talent to the table. After all, she has been dancing since she was a young child and was a professional dancer on "DWTS" for many seasons. The talented dancer won the fourth and fifth seasons of "DWTS" with Olympian Apolo Ohno and Indy car champion Helio Castroneves, but she hasn't appeared as a professional dancer since season eight because of her other projects.

The question was asked what she thought about judging since her brother, Derek, is one of the pro dancers. Hough said on "GMA" what she has already said several times before. She related that she judges the celebrities on their progress and not the professional dancers. She said she will be honest and direct. After all, she has been on both sides of the table.

The pros were announced on "GMA" on Aug. 13. Three new pros will take to the ballroom floor. Partners of the pros will be revealed live on "GMA" on Sept. 4. The two-hour premiere for season 19 is on Sept. 15 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on ABC.