Julianne Hough is coming back to Dancing with the Stars
full-time, but not as a dancer. The two-time champion will be the new permanent fourth judge on the upcoming 19th season of DWTS
Hough will sit next to returning judges Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli for the entire season, taking over from last season's rotating panel of guest judges. Goodman mentioned that he was considering retiring from DWTS
at the end of last season, but will come back for at least one more season. Perhaps Hough's addition is a way to transition Goodman out.
Hough left DWTS
as a pro partner after season 8. Though she only competed in five seasons, she was wildly popular, winning her first two times with Apolo Anton Ohno and Helio Castroneves. She has returned as a guest judge in recent seasons, receiving positive feedback from fans for her pointed criticism and insight.
The only real problem will be that her brother, five-time winner Derek Hough, is coming back as a pro partner for season 19. Judging her brother for a single week in the past was slightly awkward, but judging him week after week could get weird.Dancing with the Stars
season 19 premieres Monday, September 15 at 8pm on ABC. The new celebrity cast will be announced Thursday, September 4 on Good Morning America
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