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Dancing With the Stars: Julianne Hough Not Returning as Season 22 Judge

Julianne Hough is not hopelessly devoted to Dancing With the Stars — for its upcoming 22nd season, at least.

The Grease: Live star, who started out as a DWTS pro and served on the judges’ panel for Seasons 20 and 21, will not be back to critique contestants this spring, TVLine has confirmed.

“I will miss being on the panel for Season 22, but have a lot of exciting stuff coming that I look forward to sharing,” Hough told People.com, which first reported the news. “The pro dancers, producers and crew at DWTS will always be my family.”

In Hough’s absence, the Season 22 dais will once again feature Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli and a returning Len Goodman, who sat out Season 21 due to a prior commitment.

Will you miss Hough’s weekly feedback on Dancing With the Stars? Hit the comments with your thoughts on her departure.

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34 Comments
  1. Bree says:

    She was the only reason I watched. She was great in Grease Live, so she probably has better things ahead now.

  2. wrstlgirl says:

    Great news!!!

  3. Lizzie says:

    Yay! Now she needs to take her annoying brother with her.

    • Paisley says:

      Oh, you mean Derek Hough….the BEST pro-dancer to EVER be on the show? The one all the female celebs wish they had as a partner? Him? Here’s hoping he comes back to win his SEVENTH mirror ball trophy!

  4. Kim R says:

    I’ll miss her. I enjoyed her as a judge.

    • Paisley says:

      Julianne is my girl….the BEST female pro dancer that has been on that show. She was a good judge and I liked her being on the panel, but I’m SO excited Len is coming back!! He has been sorely missed!

  5. burt says:

    Yawn, next.

  6. AngelWasHere says:

    Yay! Bye girl! :P

  7. Tricia says:

    Len’s back! Yay!!

    I didn’t mind her but won’t miss her with Len’s return.

  8. Lauren says:

    It’s hard to care with Len coming back. I missed him so much!

  9. Alex says:

    Nope
    Bye Felicia!
    Better dancer than a judge

  10. not too sad to see her go. Never was a big fan of hers. Im happy the original panel is back. Gotta see a “10 from Len!”

  11. Eurydice says:

    That’s fine – she wan’t a good replacement for Len.

  12. JK says:

    I’m so ok with this! Now to get Carrie Ann out & Mary Murphy in

  13. Ste says:

    They should use the opportunity to hire a new, fresh voice

  14. Nobody says:

    Nope. glad to see the back of her

  15. Why the hell bring Len back? He made this big send off last year, they cried at the end…..Now he i back? I say get rid of Bruno too and get 2 or 3 new ones and keep Carrie Ann.I know Miss Hough will be doing other projects, she is not a bad actress but girl please don’t make another album.

  16. ChrissieK says:

    I do believe Len Goodman sat out last season due to knee surgery…he was on the Strictly Come Dancing panel back home in England last fall. It will be Good to have Goodman Back!

  17. Bernice says:

    Good. I didn’t watch DWTS for 2 years because she was one of the judges. Maybe I’ll start watching again.

  18. kat0711 says:

    Her Greece performance convinced me she belongs on Broadway

  19. tikarika says:

    Why is she famous anyway? Just famous because she started as a dancer on the show and after that she is consider an actress, with a few dissapointing movie roles.

  20. nona says:

    I think season 22 is a long time for a show to stay on the air. This show needs to go soon. It had passed its time. I mean because the “stars” who are competing there are not even really current famous credible stars. Most of them are wannabees, used to bes, famous for nothing. That is not a star.

  21. smartysenior says:

    When they replace Bruno I will return to watching, not before.

  22. Pat says:

    Hate to see Julianne go, she is a wonderful dancer and knows enough about dance to judge! Her brother is undoubtedly one of the best dancers of our era, only one I ever saw better was Fred Astair who was an incredible dancer even if he was before my time! I believe if Derek Hough gies, then the show will go down the tubes!