Dancer, choreographer, actress, and now add full-time judge for Dancing With The Stars to the list of stuff Julianne Hough has to do. The blue-eyed ball of charm is already a two-time champion of the show and has guest-judged before. The panel of judges already includes dancer and lovebug Carrie Ann Inaba; the famed choreographer of one of Elton John’s best videos (“I’m Still Standing”) Bruno Tonioli; and dance master/heartthrob Len Goodman. The Wrap helpfully points out the bump in the road before the show even starts: Hough’s brother, Derek, is one of the pro dancers on the show, which therefore makes a conflict of interest or at least presents bias. However, it’s just a TV show and no one ever said the judging process was completely impartial or fair. Or even that it matters at all!
The Wrap breaks down the nitty-gritty:
“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 stars will be announced live on “Good Morning America” on Thursday, Sept. 4.