Julianne Hough
Birth Date:
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Birth Place:
July 20, 1988
5' 4" (1.63 m)
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Rock of Ages


Julianne Hough is an American actress, professional ballroom dancer and country music singer. She first came to prominence as a regular dancer on the ABC hot show “Dancing with the Stars,” where she was the winner of season 4 with Olympian speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno and then the season  five with Indianapolis 500 champion Hélio Castroneves. The show also brought her Primetime   Emmy nomination in the category of Outstanding Choreography in 2008 and 2009. Since then, Hough has ventured into and has achieved success in both music and acting. Her first album, “Julianne Hough” (released in May 2008), debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Album chart and No. 3 on the Billboard 200. It has sold over 320,000 units. Hough received Teen Choice nominations for her acting on the films “Rock of Ages” (2012) and “Safe Haven” (2013). Hough was named Female Rising Star of 2011 at the ShoWest Convention in 2011.

From April 2010 to March 2013, Hough was in relationship with “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest. She was a supporter of Mitt Romney in the 2012 United States presidential election.      

Junior World Latin Champion

Childhood and Family:

Julianne Alexandra Hough was born on July 20, 1988, in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Bruce Robert Hough, a twice chairman of the Utah Republican Party, and Mari Anne. Her parents were both part of a ballroom dancing team in college and they met there. The youngest of five children, Julianne has one brother, Derek Hough, who is also a professional dancer, and three sisters, Sharee, Marabeth, and Katherine.

Julianne initiated her formal training at Center Stage Performing Arts Studio in Orem, Utah, where she dance in Latin Ballroom with Josh Murillo, among others. She began dancing competitively at the age of 9, and in the following year, she and her brother were sent to London, England to train under coaches, Corky and Shirley Ballas. She went on to attend the Italia Conti Academy, where she received training in song, theatre, gymnastics and many forms of dance, including jazz, ballet, and tap. When she was 12, Julianne formed a pop music trio, 2B1G (2 Boys, 1 Girl), with her brother and  the Ballas' son, Mark. They performed at dance competitions in the UK and the U.S., and showcased in a UK television show. At the age of 15, she won the Junior World Latin Champion and International Latin Youth Champion at the Blackpool Dance Festival.  

Back to the US from London,her parents had divorced, and Julianne chose to live with her mother in Las Vegas, Nevada, where she attended the Las Vegas Academy. She moved back to Utah after one year to live with her father. After graduating from Alta High School, she relocated to Los Angeles, CA to pursue a career in entertainment.       

That Song in My Head


After moving to Los Angeles, Julianne Hough got her first gig as a dancer on the ABC game show “Show Me the Money” in 2006. Her big big break came when she joined the season four of “Dancing with the Stars” in the spring of 2007. Partnered with Olympic gold medal-winning speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno,  Hough ended up coming at the first place, and she became the youngest professional dancer to win on the program. Hough returned to the show for season five in the fall of 2007, and, along with her partner, three-time Indianapolis 500 champion Hélio Castroneves, she became the winner of the season. She also returned for season six in the Spring of 2008 with partner radio host/comedian Adam Carolla. However, they were eliminated in week four. In October 2008, Hough returned again to season seven and was partnered with “Hannah Montana” actor Cody Linley.  She, however, had to leave the show several times following an appendix surgery and was replaced by Edyta Śliwińska during that period. Hough returned to the show, but the pair were eventually  voted off in the Semifinals Competition. She appeared on the November 12 results show dancing the jive to “Great Balls of Fire” with her brother for the “Design-A-Dance” contest. Hough was partnered with a then boyfriend country singer Chuck Wicks for the season eight of “Dancing with the Stars” in 2009. The pair were eliminated in week eight of the competition and came in sixth place. Hough was nominated for a Primetime Emmy in the category of Outstanding Choreography at the 2008 Primetime Emmy Awards for the mambo routine set to “Para Los Rumberos.” Stars. At the 2009 Primetime Emmy Awards, she received a nomination for Outstanding Choreography for “Jive/Great Balls of Fire,” which she shared with brother Derek.

Hough was signed to Mercury Nashville Records in December 2007. Her country music single debut, “Will You Dance With Me,” was launched in May 2007 via Itunes and Wal-Mart to raise money for the American Red Cross. The song reached No. 100 on the Billboard Pop 100 chart. Her self titled debut album was released on May 20, 2008 by Universal Music Group Nashville's Mercury Nashville. The album went on to become the chart topper on the US country chart and reached No. 3 on the Billboard 200. It spawned two singles with “That Song in My Head” and “My Hallelujah Song,”which reached No.18 and No. 44 on the US Country music chart, respectively, with the first also achieving No. 88 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 84 on the US Pop chart. Hough released an extended play of Christmas music called “Sounds of the Season:The Julianne Hough Holiday Collection”on October 12, 2008.

Hough, who made her acting debut as a Hogwarts schoolgirl in 2001's “Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone”  (released as “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone” in the U.S.), returned to feature films when she was cast as a dancer named Georgia in the 2010 musical “Burlesque,” which was directed and written by Steve Antin and starred Cher, Christina Aguilera and Alan Cumming. In  2011, she starred opposite Kenny Wormald and Dennis Quaid in the comedy/drama/music film “Footloose.” Later that same year, in October, she returned to “Dancing with the Stars” and danced with her “Footloose” co-star Kenny Wormald twice, as well as her brother.

In 2012, Hough played the main role of Sherrie Christian on the film adaptation of “Rock of Ages,” which was directed by Adam Shankman. The role brought her Teen Choice nominations for Choice Movie Breakout and Film - Choice Chemistry (sharing with Diego Boneta). To promote the film, she returned to “Dancing with the Stars” for a dance performance on May 15, 2012. Hough also performed on the soundtrack album, which was released on June 5, 2012 and it reached No. 5 on the Billboard 200.  

Hough starred as Katie Feldman/Erin Tierney on romance film “Safe Haven,” which was released theatrically in North America on February 14, 2013. Under the direction of Lasse Hallström, she received a nomination at the2013  Teen Choice Awards for Choice Movie Actress: Romance for her performance.

On October 7, 2013, Hough became guest judge on “Dancing with the Stars” in place of Len Goodman, which marked the first time a former pro dancer came back to judge.

Hough's next film, “Paradise,”a comedy/drama film written and directed by Diablo Cody, in her directorial debut,  was released in the USA on October 18, 2013. There she played the lead role of Lamb Mannerhelm.  

Hough will star opposite  Teddy Sears and Drew Rausch in the upcoming thriller movie “Curve.”


ShoWest: Female Rising Star of 2011 Show Less
'Dancing with the Stars' Results: The First Elimination of Season 19
SP_COP - September 17, 2014 -
Dancing with the Stars is off and running with a cast of some of the wackiest and most bizarre characters the show has ever featured. There's a 72-year-old woman who dresses like a homeless person doi...
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Julianne Hough Announces Return to 'Dancing with the Stars' as Fourth Judge
SP_COP - August 21, 2014 -
It's official, Julianne Hough will serve as the fourth judge on "Dancing with the Stars". She joins regular judges, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli, and Len Goodman, for the upcoming nineteenth season...
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Julianne Hough showcases her sculpted abs in a nude cut-out gown at the Kaleidoscope Ball
SP_COP - April 11, 2014 -
Julianne Hough showcased her sculpted abs in a nude cut-out gown at the Kaleidoscope Ball in Beverly Hills Thursday.The 25-year-old starlet even managed not to appear washed out in her sleeveless beig...