Julianne Hough, ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Judge: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Check out all the facts on Julianne Hough, the new full-time judge on Dancing With the Stars. Read on to learn about her love life, the controversy that comes along with her joining DWTS, and more.

1. Hough Has Already Appeared on DWTS as a Guest Judge Twice

Julianne Hough started out in Hollywood as a pro dancer on Dancing With the Stars. Years later, she guest judged twice on the show and now she’s a full-time cast member. However, her guest judging wasn’t always well-received, especially by her friend Mark Ballas. When Hough made a comment about Ballas trying to take the spotlight, he was not happy. She also criticized former pro dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy when she was sitting in her judge’s chair last season. So, what does Hough have to say about all this? She told TV Guide:

I know in the past with my guest judging, there’s been controversy or whatever. But it’s only because I really want to see them improve. Sometimes the truth sucks and you don’t want to hear that, but hopefully the person receiving the truth and the honesty knows that it’s coming from a place of love and a place of where I want to see people improve. Honesty’s a bitch, but it really is the only way to be.

It sounds like the ballroom could get a little spicy this season.

2. She And Brother Derek Just Wrapped a Tour Together

Julianne Hough and brother Derek just wrapped up “Move Live On Tour,” which was a singing and dancing show. It was phenomenal and really showcased both of the siblings’ dance moves as well as vocals, giving the audience a taste of Dancing With the Stars as well. Hough’s brother Derek wrote in his blog:

I’m so excited that Julianne is a judge this season. You’d think I’d be sick of her by now, but I’m not! We became closer than ever over the tour and it was a great bonding experience for us, so I’m really happy I get to see her even more now. She’s in the best place of her life that I’ve ever seen her. She’s really happy and I’m incredibly proud of her.

So, do you think it’s fair that Julianne Hough is judging her brother on the show? Join the conversation or start your own in our DWTS forum by clicking here.

3. Dancer Karina Smirnoff Thinks Julianne’s Judging Is Unfair

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Karina Smirnoff is a friend of Julianne Hough’s, but doesn’t feel that it’s “ethical” to have her as a full-time judge on the show because Julianne’s brother is one of the dancers. Smirnoff told Us Weekly:

I think she is a great girl, I’ve known her for many years. I think that she is wonderful, gorgeous, and talented, but I don’t know if it’s ethical that she is judging while her brother is competing. I may be the most fair person in the world, but if my mom is dancing and she trips, I would be like, ‘Well, I didn’t see that …’ That is my mother, and I will go stand by her side and support her regardless. Do I think it’s fair? No. But it is a TV show. That is what we have to remember. It’s not necessarily the Bible, it’s just a TV show.

Hough insists she will judge fairly and considers her brother to be more of a friend. She’s friends with several of the dancers on the show, so she doesn’t think there should be a problem, though she’s been hard on some of them in the past.

4. Brooks Laich Is her Boyfriend

Julianne Hough dates Washington Capitals hockey player Brooks Laich and the two were first spotted together in public this past February, though it was revealed that they first started dating in December 2013.

Prior to dating Laich, Hough’s most well-known relationship was with Ryan Seacrest. Hough was also spotted with film director Ari Sandel after her split with Seacrest.

5. Hough Claims to Have Been Abused as a Child

When Julianne Hough was a child, she moved to England, along with brother Derek, to study dance. She told Cosmopolitan magazine:

I was 10 years old looking like I was 28, being a very sensual dancer. I was a tormented little kid who had to put on this sexy façade because that was my job and my life. While I was in London, I was abused, mentally, physically, everything,” she said, adding,”I’m a very forgiving person, and I don’t want to hurt anybody. What’s past is past.

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