Julianne Hough Reveals Why She Almost Turned Down ‘DWTS’ Pro Job


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Whereas Julianne Hough rapidly grew to become a fan-favorite Dancing With the Stars professional throughout her tenure on the dancing competitors, she initially wished to show down the position.

“Once I was 18,” Hough, 34, clarified throughout a Thursday, April 20, look on The Kelly Clarkson Present. “As a result of, I used to be like, ‘You recognize, I need to be a revered actress and singer. I don’t need to be on a contest present, you realize, dancing.’ I used to be like, you realize, that is what I need to do. That is my path. After which I used to be like, ‘Properly I assume it’s sort of an excellent factor to have the ability to have that as my day job after which it blew up.”

The Secure Haven actress, who grew up ballroom dancing alongside brother Derek Hough and household buddy Mark Ballas, initially was forged as a professional dancer on season 4 of the ballroom hit. Throughout her first season, Julianne was tasked with educating Apolo Anton Ohno the best way to groove, which proved profitable as they went on to take residence the mirrorball trophy. She returned to the collection for the next 4 seasons, partnering with Hélio Castroneves — with whom she received season 5 — in addition to Adam Carolla, Cody Linley and Chuck Wicks.

“It was so wild. I imply, like in a single day, I had simply completed highschool, mainly, after which I bought on the present,” Hough recalled to host Kelly Clarkson of the present’s speedy reputation.

Julianne Hough Reveals Why She Almost Turned Down DWTS

Julianne Hough.
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The Utah native —who competed in opposition to Derek, 37, and Ballas, 36, on the ABC broadcast — left the present in 2009. Julianne finally returned to the ballroom 5 years later as a decide alongside Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli, the place she stayed till 2017. After the Footloose star’s second departure from the fact TV program, Derek finally joined the judging panel.

Julianne is now gearing up for an additional DWTS reunion as she has been tapped to cohost this system alongside former champ Alfonso Ribeiro.

“I simply should say, from being on the present to now, I had essentially the most assist and essentially the most loyal followers from that present,” she gushed on Thursday. “So, to have the ability to come again in a means, I’m so filled with gratitude and love, like, I can not start to share how excited I’m to be again. … That is simply going to be like coming again residence.”

Julianne’s internet hosting duties will take over for Tyra Banks, who emceed the published throughout seasons 29, 30 and 31 after Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews’ respective exits.

“Tyra was simply unbelievably gracious — like actually, actually, gracious, and I simply have to present her absolute props,” Derek completely advised Us Weekly earlier this month in regards to the supermodel, 49, passing the baton to his youthful sister. “She simply despatched Julianne essentially the most lovely message, and I’m simply actually grateful to her for her grace.”

The previous World of Dance decide, for his half, additionally famous that there’s “no query” that Julianne is the “proper selection” for the position.

“She’s an awesome host,” Derek gushed to Us. “We hosted Disney specials collectively and he or she’s unbelievable. She additionally occurs to be an incredible dancer and singer and every thing else, however … she was a part of the present and he or she is aware of the present and he or she’s a part of the [DWTS] household.”

A premiere date for Dancing With the Stars season 32, which can air reside on Disney+, has but to be introduced.