‘Dancing With The Stars’ is back on September 15 with a new season, new celebrity cast and a new judge: Julianne Hough! The former ‘DWTS’ pro returns to the show, this time with a permanent place on the judges’ panel and HollywoodLife.com spoke EXCLUSIVELY to her all about her exciting gig!
Julianne Hough, 26, is back in the ballroom! The professional dancer and actress sits on the other side of the dance floor for Dancing With The Stars Season 19, and she’s ready to put her judgment face on — she promises that even her brother Derek Hough doesn’t get a free pass!
‘Dancing With The Stars’: Julianne Hough ‘Not Afraid’ To Judge Brother Derek Hough
Julianne stole America’s hearts, as a professional dancer on DWTS, and she’s about to do it again…but maybe with a love, hate relationship because she’s ready to judge, and she’s not going to be easy — at least on her brother, Derek!
“Everyone’s fair game at this point,” Julianne tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY.
“It’s not me judging my brother — it’s me judging the collaboration and connection that he has with his partner and the growth that I see her do,” Julianne adds, talking about Derek’s partner, YouTube sensation Bethany Mota. “If I see something where I’m like, ‘Yo Derek, you didn’t up your game with your partner, she could have done better this week,’ then I will call him out for sure. I’m not afraid of that. But he knows and hopefully everybody else knows too, it’s never to diss anybody or call anybody out, it’s because I really do want to see the people improve.”
With her fair share of experience on DWTS, Julianne, who will judge alongside Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli, is especially excited to return to her old stomping grounds.
“That’s where it all began for me so to be there with the judges on the other side of the panel” is what is most exciting about returning, she adds. “Just being able to watch the celebrities grow and become better.”
Julianne Hough: What She’ll Bring As A ‘DWTS’ Judge
Julianne isn’t worried about calling people out because she has the right to do that — she is a professional dancer, after all, and has been in their same dancin’ shoes!
“I’ve grown up around it my whole life,” the new judge tells HollywoodLife.com about dance. She jokes, “I used to compete, I won — not to sound cocky!”
“I do have some knowledge, as far as technique goes. But also, on the other hand, it’s all about performance, too, and I’ve been on that other side, and I know how important it is to connect with the audience and the fans,” Julianne says. “I’m going to be honest and direct, but I’ll let things slide every once in a while.”
The first elimination show will air on Tuesday, September 16 with a special duet performance by Smokey Robinson and Aloe Blacc.
HollywoodLifers, do you prefer Julianne as a judge or as a dancer? Let us know!
— Elizabeth Wagmeister