Julianne Hough is returning to the “Dancing with the Stars” ballroom as the fourth judge in season 19, ABC announced Thursday. She will judge alongside Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli when the series returns Sept. 15.
“I’m so excited to be back with my ‘Dancing With the Stars’ family again on a regular basis. 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,” Hough said. “Derek (Hough) 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.”
The 12 professional dancers competing this season are Mark Ballas, Cheryl Burke, Witney Carson, Artem Chigvintsev, Valentin Chmerkovskiy, Tony Dovolani, Allison Holker, Hough, Keo Motsepe, Peta Murgatroyd, Emma Slater and Karina Smirnoff. The pros will be paired with a new cast of celebrities to be announced Sept. 4 on “Good Morning America.”
“We are delighted to welcome Julianne back to the ‘DWTS’ family,” said executive producer Rob Wade. “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.”