Julianne Hough found her claim to fame as a professional ballroom dancer on ABC's hit competition show, Dancing with the Stars. Hough competed in a total of five seasons and took home the championship title twice, during Season 4 with Olympic gold medal-winning speed skater Apolo Ohno and Season 5 with IndyCar Series racer Hélio Castroneves.
Following Season 8, Hough left the show in order to pursue acting and a career in country music. Her debut album reached the top spot on the country charts and she took home the ACM Awards for Top New Female Vocalist and Top New Artist in 2009.
Hough has also starred in a variety of films, including the 2011 remake of Footloose and the romance film, Safe Haven. More recently, Hough starred as Sandy in the FOX production of Grease: Live.
Over the years, Hough returned to Dancing with the Stars every now and then as a guest dancer, and even filled in as a guest judge. But she couldn't stay away from the show for long, and joined the judge's panel on a permanent basis for Seasons 19-21.
But as Hough recently announced, she will not be returning to the show for its 22nd season.
"I will miss being on the panel for Season 22, but have a lot of exciting stuff coming that I look forward to sharing," Hough told People magazine. "The pro dancers, producers and crew at DWTS will always be my family."
Although Hough is going on to pursue other projects for the time being, she promises fans she won't be able to stay away from Dancing with the Stars forever.
"I promise it's not the last you'll see of me in the ballroom," Hough said.
We wonder what Hough is working on now? Maybe she's getting ready to release another country album? Since her debut album was such a big hit, we wouldn't be surprised. You can listen to her popular single, "That Song In My Head" in the video below.
We wish Hough the best in whatever projects her future has in store!
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