Dancer will return as fourth panelist
Two-time “Dancing With the Stars” champion, actress, musician and choreographer Julianne Hough is returning to “Dancing with the Stars” — this time as a judge.
When the show premieres Monday, Sept. 15, she will join Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli, ABC announced Thursday. The job comes with an inherent conflict of interest we’re sure Hough will address in some elegant way: The dancers on the show include her brother, Derek.
“I’m so excited to be back with my ‘Dancing with the Stars’ family again on a regular basis,” said Hough. “I’ve always aspired to be an all-around entertainer, whether I’m acting, dancing or singing, and I’m thrilled for this opportunity that will allow me to continue all of those pursuits. Derek and I just finished our Move Live on Tour, which reminded me how much I miss the interaction with the dance fans that have been so supportive of me in my career. I am warming up the paddles and the sass, and I’m ready to have fun in this new role.”
As previously announced, the twelve professional dancers competing this season for the Mirrorball Trophy are Mark Ballas, Cheryl Burke, Witney Carson, Artem Chigvintsev, Valentin Chmerkovskiy, Tony Dovolani, Allison Holker, Derek Hough, Keo Motsepe, Peta Murgatroyd, Emma Slater and Karina Smirnoff.
The next round of celebrity competitors will be announced live on “Good Morning America” on Thursday, Sept. 4.
“We are delighted to welcome Julianne back to the DWTS family. Her blend of ballroom dancing experience and unique judging ability make her the ideal choice for the show, and we are very excited to have her, Carrie Ann, Bruno and Len on board,” said executive producer Rob Wade.