Julianne Hough
Julianne Hough

Judge Biography

A true triple-threat, Emmy Award-winner Julianne Hough is known to audiences around the world for her success in the worlds of film, television and music. She became a household name virtually overnight as a two-time professional champion on ABC's top-rated Dancing With the Stars, before making a seamless transition to award-winning recording artist and making her mark on the world of motion pictures, recognized by the National Association of Theatre Owners as Rising Star of the Year at the 2011 CinemaCon Conventions.

In 2013, Julianne starred opposite Josh Duhamel in Nicholas Sparks' Safe Haven, directed by Lasse Hallstrom, which topped the box-office on its Valentine's Day opening and earned her a Teen Choice Award nomination. Prior to that, she starred opposite Russell Brand and Octavia Spencer in Diablo Cody's Paradise, marking the Oscar-winning screenwriter's directorial debut. She starred as Sherrie Christian, the female lead in the film adaptation of the international musical sensation, Rock of Ages, part of a superstar cast including Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand and Mary J. Blige. She made headlines by winning the coveted female lead role in Paramount's 2011 remake of the classic movie musical Footloose, and critics praised her performance in the film. She made her film debut in the star-studded ensemble of Screen Gems' musical Burlesque, working alongside an all-star cast, including Cher, Christina Aguilera, Stanley Tucci, Kristen Bell and Cam Gigandet. She appeared recently in the comedy Dirty Grandpa, opposite Robert De Niro and Zac Efron.On January 31, 2016, Julianne fulfilled her lifelong dream of playing the role of Sandy in FOX Television's critical and ratings hit Grease Live!

In 2014, Julianne and her brother, Derek, produced, co-directed and starred in "MOVE Live on Tour," which sold out theatres across North America. They followed that success with an all-new production, which hit over 40 cities during Summer 2015, including stops at the famed Radio City Music Hall in New York City and The Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. The new production featured live vocal performances by Julianne and Derek, in addition to fresh, exciting choreography featuring the superstar siblings and the MOVE Company Dancers and exceeded expectations and box office receipts from the previous year.

Julianne and Derek are also developing an original series for Starz, Blackpool, set in the world of international competitive ballroom dancing. The pair will executive produce and serve as head choreographers for the series, drawing on years of first-hand experience as competitors and world dance champions and focusing on the ballroom competition in Blackpool, England.

In 2015, Julianne launched her lifestyle website and blog, Jules (juliannehough.com), which she describes as "a space where I could connect with fans and friends about the things I'm most passionate about, and I wanted to be able to hear from all of you. This is a place where we can share recipes, workout tips, and talk about style, beauty and home décor. I'm especially excited to talk to you guys about things that matter most, like ways we can all be rock stars in our communities and tips to become the best versions of ourselves." 

A born entertainer, Julianne Hough always loved singing, dancing and acting. At age 10, she was presented with an opportunity to study performing arts in London, which established her fierce independence and was the beginning of a period of intense training and education. She returned to Utah at age 15 and, after graduating high school, moved to Los Angeles to pursue her dreams of a career in entertainment. 

Quickly earning a solid reputation for her talent, discipline and professionalism, it took less than a month for Julianne to land a job as a dancer on the ABC game show Show Me The Money, and shortly thereafter joined the Dancing with the Stars tour as a company dancer before joining the cast of the hit series in the show's fourth season, where she was paired with two-time Olympic Gold Medal winner Apolo Anton Ohno. She toured with the troupe again, before returning to the hit show for seasons five through eight, pairing with Indy race champion Helio Castroneves, comedian Adam Carolla, actor Cody Linley and country singer Chuck Wicks. Hough remains the youngest dancer to have won the competition twice, with partners Ohno and Castroneves. Her skills as a choreographer also led to a collaboration with Gwen Stefani on the singer's "Wind It Up" video.

Julianne earned Emmy nominations in 2008 and 2009 for Best Choreography for her work on the show and in 2015, won the Emmy for choreographing, along with her brother Derek and Tessandra Chavez, their memorable performance of Sia's "Elastic Heart." 

Following her departure from Dancing with the Stars, Julianne made several appearances on the show to promote her films and as a guest judge. She thrilled fans when she returned full-time to the ballroom as a judge for three hit seasons in 2014-15.

Julianne's self-titled debut album, released by Universal Music Group Nashville in 2008, hit the Billboard Country charts at #1 and entered the Billboard 200 at #3, marking the highest debut for a country artist since 2006. Her first two singles from the album, "That Song in My Head" and "My Hallelujah Song," soared up the country charts, and she earned her first two 2009 Academy of Country Music Awards for Top New Female Vocalist and Top New Artist. 

Hitting the road for the first time as a recording artist in 2009, Julianne opened for superstar Brad Paisley and later toured with George Strait, playing over 100 shows. Her second album, "The Julianne Hough Holiday Collection," became an instant holiday classic for her legions of fans, distributed exclusively at Target.

In 2009, Julianne also starred in her first fitness DVD, Cardio Ballroom, the first in a series designed to motivate exercise novices and enthusiasts alike on the dance floor. The second, Just Dance!, was released in 2010, also topping sales charts for months.

In 2012, she created her own shoe line, Julianne Hough for Sole Society, a collaboration with leading women's footwear designer Vince Camuto and is highly sought-after in the world of commercials and endorsements, as an international spokesperson for Proactiv Solution and previously as the official spokesperson for Venus Embrace, co-authoring their "Goddess Guide to Getting Closer" for the company's 2009 marketing campaign. She was featured in the iconic Got Milk? campaign and sang an updated version of the Wrigley's Juicy Fruit gum theme, "The Taste Is Gonna Move Ya," with numerous international campaigns currently in the works.

She recently launched a long-term partnership with MPG Activewear, Jules by MPG. The collaboration was introduced with 12 favorite styles curated and selected by Julianne from the popular line's Spring/Summer 2016 collection, and future plans include a capsule collection designed by Julianne that will debut in Fall 2016.

In addition to her performing career, Julianne is also active in a wide range of philanthropic endeavors, charities and humanitarian efforts. Julianne has joined forces with the Kind Campaign to create and host Kind Camp, empowering and encouraging girls to be confident, beautiful women and to eradicate girl against girl bullying. Her charitable affiliations range from numerous causes and organizations that serve women and girls to those that are fueled by her lifelong passion for dogs and other animals, including Boys and Girls Club, The Art of Elysium, FOX's "Cause for Paws" and Purina's "Bring Your Pets to Work" campaigns, among many others.