Julianne Hough won’t return as a judge on Dancing with the Stars next season.
The 27-year-old actress-and-dancer – who won the coveted Mirrorball Trophy twice as a professional on the ABC show – announced she is taking a break from the glitz and glamour of the dancing competition and will not be returning for its 22nd season on March 21.
The 27-year-old actress-and-dancer said: “I promise it’s not the last you’ll see of me in the ballroom. I will miss being on the panel for season 22, but have a lot of exciting stuff coming that I look forward to sharing.”
However, there is some good news for fans as veteran head judge Len Goodman will be back alongside Bruno Tonioli after sitting out the last series to spend time with his family, including his baby grandson, in the UK.
And Julianne’s departure may not be permanent as show bosses are keen to see the star “back in the ballroom” in the future.
Producer Rob Wade told Us Weekly: “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.”
Julianne – who is the sister of the professional dancer Derek Hough – has been busy on other projects and recently played Sandra Dee in Grease Live, alongside Vanessa Hudgens, a TV project she enjoyed very much.
Julianne has been a judge for three seasons after competing as a pro dancer in seasons four to eight.
The blonde stunner lead Apolo Anton Ohno in her inaugural stint, as well as Hélio Castroneves in season five to victory.