Julianne Hough Officially Joins the 'Dancing with the Stars' Judges' Panel!

Julianne Hough Officially Joins the 'Dancing with the Stars' Judges' Panel!

Julianne Hough is officially back in the Dancing with the Stars ballroom – but this time as a judge!

The 26-year-old announced the exciting news on Good Morning America on Thursday (August 21) that she now has a permanent spot on the panel, alongside Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli, and Len Goodman. She was seen touching down at LaGuardia Airport after a red eye flight that morning in New York City.

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“It’s Judge @juliannehough! #GMADancing #DWTS RT if you’re excited!” the official DWTS account tweeted, also confirming.

Speculation rose earlier this week that Julianne would be returning. If you remember, she was a professional dancer on the show from season four through season eight, winning twice. Since then, she’s made a few guest appearances over the years.

Dancing with the Stars season 19 premieres on Monday, September 15 @ 8/7c on ABC!

Also pictured below: DWTS pros Karina Smirnoff, Sharna Burgess, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, and Val Chmerkovskiy hitting the beach together the day before in Waikiki, Hawaii.

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  • Sable Senegal

    I smell nepotism, the network brass want to keep derek on dwts for ratings so they hire back his almost more popular than him sister.Julianne must need the work since her movies tanked.maks might has well took the judges ‘ chair when they offered him the job first.his brother still dances on the show too.

  • http://CemtiryLink Betsy hovey

    Well, I LOVE Dereks dancing! He’s so far above anyone else on the show, except maybe Maks. He moves so effortlessly and he is so sexy!If I were 63 years younger I would definitely choose him to have a family with. His kids are going to be so beautiful – so get busy Maks – people want you to get married. Maybe with your last partner. You two looked so cute together. You deserved to win!

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