Back to the ballroom for these two! Derek and Julianne Hough are both returning to Dancing With the Stars for its upcoming 23rd season, multiple sources confirm to Us Weekly.
While Derek, 31, will be waltzing his way across the dance floor once more, his 28-year-old sister will be reprising her role as a judge on ABC’s long-running dance competition series.
While the network has yet to comment on the talented siblings’ participation this fall, the complete roster of all those competing for the coveted mirrorball trophy will be revealed on the Tuesday, August 30, episode of Good Morning America.
As fans are well aware, the Houghs sat out last season to focus on other projects. Us Weekly confirmed Julianne’s departure back in February, one month after she starred as Sandy in Fox’s critically acclaimed production of Grease: Live!
"Julianne will always be a part of the Dancing With the Stars family, and we hope to see her back in the ballroom in the future," series producer Rob Wade told Us in a statement at the time.
Derek — who bowed out of DWTS last winter after a whopping 16 seasons — pressed pause on his television career to pursue a starring role in Broadway’s revival of Singin’ in the Rain. However, it seems as though the show’s delayed premiere date has given the dancer (who won season 21 this past May with celeb partner Bindi Irwin) the opportunity to get his groove on again.
"It frees me up to do some other things too, so it's kind of fun," the Hairspray Live! star recently told E! News. "Broadway's one of my plans, it's in my cards, it's happening, but right now it's leaving me open. Plans change a little bit, so now I have some time to create some fun opportunities, some fun things, including Hairspray."
As Us Weekly previously confirmed on August 24, seasoned pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy will also be rejoining the show after a nearly two-year hiatus. The hunky 36-year-old — who is expecting his first child with his fiancée and fellow DWTS champ Peta Murgatroyd — will reunite with his younger brother, Val Chmerkovskiy, who will also be in the mix.
ABC announced eight pros on August 23 who will be flaunting their fox-trots this season: Val, Witney Carson, Sharna Burgess, Artem Chigvintsev, Lindsay Arnold, Allison Holker, Sasha Farber and Gleb Savchenko.
E! News was the first to report the news of the Houghs’ return.
Dancing With the Stars returns to ABC for its 23rd season Monday, September 12, at 8 p.m. ET.
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