By age 15, she was crowned Junior World Latin Champion and International Latin Youth Champion.
Moving to Los Angeles after high school, Hough appeared in commercials before joining “Dancing” in its fourth season.
She was partnered with Olympic gold medalist speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno. “That was the defining moment of, ‘We know who this girl is now,'” said Hough of her big break on the show.
That was hard for someone who has been a champion much of her life.Growing up in Utah, Hough was dancing competitively by age 9, and at 12-years-old she was singing in a pop band with her brother, Derek, and Mark Ballas (both also on “Dancing With the Stars”).🏋🏝 #barbell Jules First of all, I can't thank you all enough for the incredible love you have given my husband @brookslaich and I.We definitely feel it all the way out here in the Indian Ocean! ❤️🍾🥂 Love Jules xoxo It wouldn't be my birthday without my bff and #wife surprising me with cake, champagne, flowers and the sweetest note!“‘Burlesque’ was months of preparation, and each number was shot over and over again, over 16-hour days.” Not that Hough minded.
She shared a pivotal and emotional scene with Cher and sang alongside Aguilera, whom she’s admired since childhood.
And Hough is featured in a show-stopping number, which was unlike anything she had done on “Dancing with the Stars.” “When I sang ‘Diamonds Are A Girls’ Best Friend,’ sliding down those beads was probably the coolest thing I’ve ever done,” said Hough. I had welts on my sides, my legs, my arms and my neck for weeks!
” “FOOTLOOSE” Looking back, Hough said the entire ‘Burlesque’ experience prepared her for playing the lead female in the remake of the 1984 dance movie “Footloose,” which recently wrapped shooting. “On ‘Burlesque,’ I learned the logistics of filmmaking and figured out my comfort zone,” said Hough.
The pro dancers, producers and crew at DWTS will always be my family.”She added, "I promise it's not the last you'll see of me in the ballroom." The show’s producer Rob Wade shared, “Julianne will always be a part of the 'Dancing with the Stars' family, and we hope to see her back in the ballroom in the future.”Julianne was a judge for three seasons — 19, 20, and 21.
She also took home the mirror ball trophy twice, with Apolo Anton Ohno and Hélio Castroneves.
The news shocked fans, all of whom expected to see Hough alongside fellow judges Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba. It's unknown why Hough will no longer be on the show or if she plans to return for future seasons.