The 26 year-old star is returning to the show she was once a professional dancer on, but this time as a judge.
Julianne Hough is coming back! The 26 year-old star is going back to her roots as she is returning to ABC's 'Dancing With The Stars' as the show's fourth judge, joining Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba, for season 19.
Hough will join the judging panel in season 19
The two-time Mirror Ball trophy winner, who appeared on the dancing competition show from seasons 4 through 8, confirmed the exciting news on 'Good Morning America' on Thursday morning (Aug 21st).
"I'm excited," Hough said on the morning show. "'Dancing With the Stars' has always been a part of my family. That's where it all began for me, so .... It just felt like the right time and the right opportunity."
Before embarking on a career in music and television, the 'Rock of Ages' actress was the winner of the show on two occasions, with partners Apolo Anton Ohno and Helio Castroneves. She became the youngest professional dancer to win on the program in her first victory in 2004.
"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," she said in a statement. "Derek 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."
Julianne will have to judge her brother Derek Hough, who is returning for the next season which airs on September 15th at 8 p.m. on ABC.