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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Meryl Davis and Danica McKellar make their ALS Ice Bucket Challenge fun with a trip down the slide.
The two friends and former Dancing With The Stars competitors completed the challenge and sent out another challenge to their pro partners, Maksim and Val Chmerkovskiy.
“Because beer on a boat,” Meryl and Danica claimed, “doesn’t count.”
“#ALSicebucketchallenge part II w/@danicamckellar! Join us and donate at ALSA.org! #hellokittyicepool,” Meryl captioned on the videos.
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Maksim Chmerkovskiy shows a little chest with an unbuttoned shirt while heading to dinner at Madeo on Wednesday night (August 13) in West Hollywood, Calif.
The 34-year-old Dancing with the Stars reining champ recently opened up about why he chose to retire from the show.
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“I just don’t want to replace Meryl [Davis] and this experience with anyone else — it’s so dear to me, so special, so much emotion involved into it,” Maks told the Seattle Times. “There’s nobody out there that I think will come along that I will be able to connect with on this level. I don’t want to win five, six, seven times, I just want to win once. It couldn’t be more perfect.”
In case you missed it, check out the photo from Maks and Meryl‘s recent reunion!
All is right in the world again, everyone — all because of this picture of Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy.
The former Dancing With The Stars partners and reigning champs met up over the weekend in Detroit, Mich., after his appearance at Westland Center Mall.
“Got to see this one! Finally! Thanks for breakfast @meryl_davis,” Maksim tweeted with the pic.
“Missed this one,” Meryl added.
Meryl actually just returned from an overseas adventure with her ice skating teammates in Japan for The Ice.
Brothers Val and Maksim Chmerkovskiy pose for some backstage pics with Sharna Burgess and Karina Smirnoff after performing at Ballroom with a Twist at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury, New York on Monday night (August 3).
The four Dancing With The Stars pros took to the dance floor for a different kind of ballroom than what you see on the reality competition show.
In a recent interview with Zendaya, she opened up about her strong relationship with her former partner, Val.
“He literally takes care of me like a little sister,” she shared before teaming back up with him for a one-night only performance for Sway.
Zendaya added, “I wanted to start back dancing again and get back into the groove, since I haven’t been doing it for like a year. It’s been really fun. For us, we make our [dances] more about fun and hip-hop and all that stuff. We’re not doing anything slow — rumbas, passionate tangos or anything.”
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Sad news – Maksim Chmerkovskiy just confirmed that he won’t be dancing next season on ABC’s hit show Dancing with the Stars.
“I’m done dancing,” the 34-year-old dancer said on The View on Tuesday (July 29). “I feel like it’s time.”
“I loved the experience,” he added. “When I came back to the show, it was not the same…I was different, probably…When I came back, I saw this amazing talent, Val [Chmerkovskiy, his brother] included…I looked at it and thought they can do much more and better, I was taking up a huge spot.”
Maks finally won the mirror ball during season eighteen with Olympian partner Meryl Davis.
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Reigning Dancing With The Stars champions Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, along with Charlie White and Sharna Burgess are all reuniting for Shall We Dance On Ice!
“Announcing #ShallWeDance on Ice at @USCCBloomington on Dec 16, headlined by @Meryl_Davis, @CharlieaWhite, @MaksimC & @SharnaBurgess!” Disson Skating made the announcement over Twitter on Wednesday (July 2).
In truth, both Maks and Sharna are “special guests” and Meryl will be mostly be performing with Charlie, her professional partner. Charlie‘s fiance Tanith Belbin will also reunite with her partner, Ben Agosto for the show, plus French champions Marina Anissina and Gwendal Peizerat, and many more.
“This event will showcase a journey of dance through the ages with dancing and skating. Music and special effects will create the segments of time and genre of dance, which will be performed by dancers and transition into elegant productions on the ice,” the event boasts.
Shall We Dance On Ice will debut on Tuesday, December 16th in Bloomington, Ill.
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