It might be time for a dance off! It looks like Julianne Hough has picked a fight with childhood friend and Dancing With the Stars dance pro Mark Ballas. After performing as a dance pro for five seasons — leaving after Season 8 — Hough made an appearance on the popular competition show as a guest judge on Oct. 7, and her comments on Ballas's foxtrot with singer Christina Milian raised some eyebrows.
"There were moments where I felt like choreography-wise, I felt like it was two people dancing side-by-side rather than together," she said on the show. "So I really want to see [Milian] shine. I've danced with Mark. You have to stand in front to make sure you're seen."
And though the comments were followed by laughter, the room was tense as Ballas could barely muster a stiff smile.
Us Weekly caught up with the dancer after the show for his reaction to Hough's harsh critique.
"The one comment for me that was a little funny is that I make it all about me… all the critiques were at me, and not at [Milian]. So I thought that was a little hypocritical comment," he told Us. "I think [Hough] was very insightful tonight though and gave great tips on lines and how to express. We've had a lot of guest judges and I thought out of all of them she was one of the best. So that part, I love. I was the one who kind of got the heat, but you know what, that's OK! It's fine."
This isn't the first time there have been rumors of a possible feud between the former childhood friends. Hough and Ballas's relationship goes back to the '90s when Julianne and her brother Derek Hough (currently a DWTS dance pro) moved to London to train with Ballas's famous parents (dance champions Shirley and Corky Ballas).
Hough and Ballas paired up for the Junior Olympics and both won medals for ballroom dancing. But when Hough claimed she was "mentally and physically abused" while training in London, rumors swirled that she was pointing her finger at the Ballas family.
The Safe Haven actress never confirmed those rumors.
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