Dancing with the Stars: Julianne Hough Lands 'Footloose' Role, Maksim Chmerkovskiy Goes on 'Superstars'
Kris De Leon
Kris De Leon
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
Celebrity participants on Dancing with the Stars aren't the only ones getting all sorts of gigs outside the realm of dancing these days. Professional dancers Julianne Hough and Maksim Chmerkovskiy have been given the chance to star on the big screen and on a competitive reality series, respectively.

Hough, who was paired with boyfriend Chuck Wicks last season on Dancing with the Stars, has just landed the female lead for the Footloose remake starring Gossip Girl star Chase Crawford, according to Variety. The 20-year-old country singer has nabbed the role less than a month after auditioning for the part, consequently beating out other more experienced actress like Heroes star Hayden Panettiere. This marks Hough's first major role outside reality TV.

Chmerkovskiy, on the other hand, is one of eight celebrities competing in various sports events in the ABC series, The Superstars, which kicked off last night at 8pm. The 29-year-old professional dancer, who was paired with actress Denise Richards last season and is currently dating professional dancer Karina Smirnoff, is paired with freestyle skier Kristi Leskinen for the new reality show.

"It's an opportunity to do something outside of the dancing realm and to do something and not be judged," Chmerkovskiy told TVGuide.com. "Nobody can say [in Italian accent], 'That was not very good!' There's no voting, there's no Bruno, there's no Len."

"We've done everything, including archery, bowling, running, kayaking. ... We're doing crazy stuff; we go crazy," he added.

Aside from The Superstars, Chmerkovskiy can also be seen on Broadway on July 25 with fiancée Karina Smirnoff in Burn the Floor.

"We're doing a limited engagement. It's a ballroom dance show, so it's exactly what we've been doing all our lives," he said. "I've always dreamed of being on Broadway. It also doesn't require me to learn a new trade. I can't sing, you know."

-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: TV Guide, Variety
(Image courtesy of ABC)