Julianne Hough is new Dancing with the Stars judge

Thursday August 21, 2014

Julianne Hough is returning to Dancing with the Stars as a new judge.

The 26-year-old professional dancer – a two-time champion on the show – will sit alongside Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba when season 19 premieres on 15 September.

Among those she will be judging is her brother Derek Hough, who will join the other pro dancers in the upcoming series.

Julianna has served as a guest judge in previous series, and felt that the time was now right to return permanently.

"I'm so excited to be back with my Dancing with the Stars family again on a regular basis," she said in a statement.

"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 these pursuits."

She added, "Derek and I just finished out 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."

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