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Julianne Hough Out as ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Judge

Dancing with the Stars
'Dancing with the Stars'

She’s footloose and fancy-free! Two-time Dancing With the Stars winner Julianne Hough will not return as a judge for the ABC dancing competition series’ 22nd season, Us Weekly has confirmed.

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Hough, 27, was part of the judges panel for the past three seasons after competing as a pro dancer in seasons 4 through 8, helping lead Apolo Anton Ohno (season 4) and Hélio Castroneves (season 5) to win the coveted Mirrorball Trophy. Her brother, Derek Hough, is still with the show and hoofed his way to victory with Bindi Irwin last season — his record sixth win.

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“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 tells Us.

Julianne Hough on Dancing with the Stars
Julianne Hough (third from left) on ‘Dancing with the Stars.’

Julianne’s departure won’t be the only change for the venerable series this season, as Len Goodman is returning to judge the contestants’ fancy footwork after his season 21 absence. The full season 22 cast list has not yet been announced, although Us exclusively revealed earlier this month that Fuller House’s Jodie Sweetin will compete.

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This has been a busy time for Julianne, who starred last month in Fox’s Grease: Live, which earned impressive ratings and wide critical praise. She has previously appeared in such films as Footloose, Rock of Ages and Dirty Grandpa, and she released a self-titled country album in 2008.

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Dancing With the Stars returns to ABC on Monday, March 21, at 8 p.m. EST. 

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