blue-eyed and multi-talented, Julianne Hough is on the road to
earning the title of America's sweetheart as a professional dancer, country music star, and a return to her roots as a judge on the TV hit "Dancing with the Stars" where she first got her start.
Having already been n the spotlight as a featured dancer (the
youngest ever) in the popular dancing show, Hough returns this season to keep a watchful eye on the proceedings as DWTS enters its 19th season on ABC.
July 20, 1988 in Salt Lake City into a family of professional
ballroom dancers, Hough began her dance career as a child partnering
with older brother Derek
Hough in local competitions. The two siblings later traveled
to London to study at the prestigious Italia Conti Performing
Arts School where they were trained in all forms of dance including
tap and ballet. By the time she was 12, Julianne was already performing
in dance competitions in the U.K as well as the United States.
spending five years in London, she returned home to her native
Utah and eventually made her way to Los Angeles to pursue her
triple-threat career as a dancer, singer and actress.
Hough: All Dancing, All Singing
stints in commercials and TV drama series, Hough was shining in
the national spotlight as a featured dancer in Dancing with the
Stars and went on to win back-to-back victories coupled with sports
stars Apolo Anton Ano (Season 4) and Helio Castroneves (Season
her early elimination (partnering with radio star Adam Carolla)
during the 2008 season Hough's country music singing career was
launched with her self-titled album and debut single "That
Song in My Head" in May 2008. By early June, the album quickly
jumped to the top of the country music charts.
chosen to sing the national anthem to open the 2008 edition of
500 and toured with country music superstar Brad
Paisley over the summer. Later in the year, after several
seasons with Dancing with the Stars, she announced her departure
with the Stars to pursue a full-time acting and singing career.
In 2014, she returns to the show - now as its newest judge - but plans on continuing to sing and act as she does so.
Hough has been romantically linked to fellow professional dancer
and "Dance War" winner Zack
Wilson. (with whom she reportedly broke off a wedding engagement
in 2008), and dated fellow country star Chuck
Wicks for a year before their split in November 2009. Hough has also famously dated TV star Ryan Seacrest (2010 - 2013), and is reportedly currently dating NHL professional hockey player Brooks Laich of the Washington Capitals.
Julianne Hough around the Web:
Hough.com - The official site with the latest news &
tour dates, photo gallery, video clips, blog updates.
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