Julianne Hough

Julianne Hough

Julianne Hough (born July 20, 1988) is an American professional ballroom dancer turned country music singer. She is most-widely known for her repeated appearances on the ABC version of Dancing with the Stars, where she earned a Creative Arts Primetime Emmy nomination in 2007 for her choreography. ABC's 20/20 has called her as one of the "very best dancers on the planet."

Hough was signed to Mercury Nashville Records in December 2007. Her self-titled debut album was released May 20, 2008, debuting at #1 on the Billboard Country Album chart and #3 on the Billboard 200.

Early life

Hough grew up one of five children, including brother Derek Hough, who is also a professional dancer. All four of her grandparents were dancers, and her parents met while on a ballroom dancing team in college at Idaho.

Her formal training began at the Center Stage Performing Arts Studio in Orem, Utah, where she danced with Justin Murillo, among others, in Latin Ballroom; she began dancing competitively at nine. Her parents sent her and her brother to London a year later to live and study with their coaches, Corky and Shirley Ballas, and to spare them the strife of divorce. The Ballases helped tutor the two Hough children alongside their own son, Mark, while schooling them at the Italia Conti Academy. They received training in song, theatre, gymnastics and many forms of dance, including jazz, ballet, and tap. The three children formed their own pop music trio 2B1G ("2 Boys, 1 Girl") when Julianne was twelve, performed at dance competitions in the U.K. and the U.S., and showcased in a UK television show. At fifteen, Julianne Hough became the youngest dancer, and only American, to win both Junior World Latin Champion and International Latin Youth Champion at the Blackpool Dance Festival.

After five years in London, Hough returned to the U.S., first living with her mother for a year and attending Las Vegas Academy then returning to Utah to live with her father and graduating from Alta High. She then moved on her own to Los Angeles to begin her career.

Dancing career

One of her earliest professional experiences was as an assistant choreographer on Gwen Stefani's "Wind It Up" music video. She was also featured in two television commercials and was an extra in an episode of Cold Case. She was also one of the "Million Dollar Dancers" in the short-lived network television game show Show Me the Money.

Hough's big break was when she appeared in the fourth season of the U.S. version of Dancing with the Stars, a televised ballroom dance competition. In her first season, she won with her partner, Olympic gold medal-winning speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno, making Hough the youngest professional dancer to win on the program. On November 27, 2007, Hough and her partner, two-time Indianapolis 500 champion Hélio Castroneves, became the winners of Season 5. Hough returned for season 6 with radio host/comedian Adam Carolla, and were eliminated in the fourth week. In July 2008, Hough was nominated at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards in the category of "Outstanding Choreography" for her Mambo "Para Los Rumberos" on Dancing with the Stars.

On August 25, 2008, the cast of Dancing with the Stars (U.S. season 7) was announced, and Hough was partnered with Hannah Montana actor Cody Linley.

Music career

Hough's first country music single "Will You Dance With Me" was released to iTunes and Wal-Mart in May 2007 to raise money for the American Red Cross. The song peaked at #100 on the Billboard Pop 100 chart. She later signed with Universal Music Group Nashville.

Her self-titled debut album was recorded in Nashville and produced by David Malloy, who has worked with Reba McEntire, Eddie Rabbitt, among others. Hough's album, which met with mixed reviews, debuted at #1 on the Top Country Albums chart on May 31, and also peaked at #4 on the Billboard 200. Hough's second single, and the first to be released to country radio, "That Song in My Head" debuted on the Country charts in March.

Hough joined Brad Paisley's 2008 Tour, along with Jewel and Chuck Wicks. Hough, Paisley and Willie Nelson appear in the video for the Snoop Dogg song "My Medicine".

She is currently in a commercial singing and dancing for Wrigley's Juicyfruit.

Personal life

Hough was previously engaged to dancer Zach Wilson; they ended their engagement in May 2007. Despite various rumors linking her romantically with various Dancing With the Stars partners, and public courting by Kevin Connolly of Entourage fame, Hough's first public relationship after Wilson was with country singer Chuck Wicks.

Dancing with the Stars performances

With Apolo Anton Ohno

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Cha cha cha/ "Let's Hear It for the Boy" 7 7 7 Safe
2 Quickstep/ "Two Hearts" 8 9 9 Safe
3 Jive/ "You Never Can Tell" 7 8 8 Safe
4 Waltz/ "If You Don't Know Me By Now" 9 8 9 Safe
5 Samba/ "I Like to Move It" 10 10 10 Safe
6 Rumba/ "Cool" 9 9 10 Safe
7 Foxtrot/ "Steppin' Out With My Baby"
Mambo/ "Dr. Beat"
9
9
8
9
9
10
Safe
8 Tango/ "Jessie's Girl"
Paso Doble/ "Carnaval de Paris"
10
10
8
10
10
10
Safe
9
Semi-finals
Quickstep/ "Mr. Pinstripe Suit"
Cha cha cha/ "Push It"
10
10
10
9
10
10
Safe
10
Finals
Rumba/ "Midnight Train to Georgia"
Freestyle/ "Bust a Move"
Paso Doble/ "Carnaval de Paris"
9
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
10
Won

With Hélio Castroneves

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result Notes
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Foxtrot/ "Bewitched theme" 8 9 8 Safe
2 Mambo/ "Para Los Rumberos" 9 9 9 Safe Choreography was later
Emmy-nominated.
3 Jive/ "Kids In America" 8 8 8 Safe
4 Viennese Waltz/ "Iris" 9 9 9 Safe
5 Rumba/ "Apologize" 8 7 8 Safe
6 Cha cha cha/ "Get Up Offa That Thing" 9 10 9 Safe
7 Tango/ "Jean Genie"
Samba/ Candela
9
9
8
9
8
9
Safe
8 Paso Doble/ "Amparito Roco"
Quickstep/ "Hey Pachuco"
9
10
9
10
9
10
Safe
9
Semi-finals
Foxtrot/ "Ain't That a Kick in the Head"
Cha cha "Love Rollercoaster"
10
10
10
10
10
10
Safe
10
Finals
Jive "Let's Twist Again"
Freestyle/ "Land of a Thousand Dances"
Quickstep/ "Hey Pachuco"
8
9
10
8
10
10
9
10
10
Won

With Adam Carolla

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Foxtrot/ "Mellow Yellow" 5 5 5 N/A
2 Mambo/ "House of Bamboo" 6 7 6 Safe
3 Tango/ "I Can't Tell A Waltz From A Tango" 7 7 7 Safe
4 Paso Doble/ "Plaza Of Execution" 6 7 6 Eliminated

With Cody Linley

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Cha-cha-cha/ "Tilt Ya Head Back" 6 6 6 Safe
1 Quickstep/ "I Want You to Want Me" 8 7 8 Safe
2 Rumba/ "Bleeding Love" 7 7 7 Safe
3 Jive/ "Call Me the Breeze" 7 7 7 Safe

Discography

Studio albums

Year Album Chart Positions
US Country US CAN Country CAN
2008 Julianne Hough 1 3 4 41
Sounds of the Season:
The Julianne Hough Holiday Collection
To be released October 12

Singles

Year Single Chart Positions Album
US Country US Hot 100 US Pop 100 US Digital AUS Country
2007 "Will You Dance with Me" 114 100 single only
2008 "That Song in My Head" 18 88 84 70 16 Julianne Hough
"My Hallelujah Song"A

  • A Current single.

References

External links

{{Persondata Hough, Julianne |ALTERNATIVE NAMES= Hough, Julianne Marie |SHORT DESCRIPTION= Professional dancer, singer |DATE OF BIRTH= 1988-7-20 |PLACE OF BIRTH= Provo, Utah, United States |DATE OF DEATH= |PLACE OF DEATH=] at the Internet Movie Database

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