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Julianne Hough’s biography, net worth, fact, career, awards and life story

IntroAmerican dancer, singer and actress
A.K.A.Julianne Alexandra Hough
Is

Actor 
Musician 
Singer 
Dancer 
Choreographer 
Film actor 
Television actor 

From United States of America 
Type Dancing 
Film, TV, Stage & Radio 
Music 
Genderfemale
Birth 20 July 1988, Orem, USA
Age:32 years
Star sign Cancer
Politics Republican Party
Family
Siblings: Derek Hough 
Spouse: Brooks Laich 
Stats
Height: 63 in
Education
Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts
Genre:
Country music
Instruments:
Voice

Julianne Alexandra Hough (/hʌf/; born July 20, 1988) is an American dancer, actress, songwriter and singer. She is a two-time professional champion of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. She was nominated for a Creative Arts Primetime Emmy in 2007 for Outstanding Choreography in season five. Her first leading acting role was in the 2011 film remake of Footloose. In September 2014, Hough joined Dancing with the Stars as a permanent fourth judge. Along with her brother Derek Hough (who is a six-time winner of the dancing show) and Tessandra Chavez, she won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography in 2015. In 2016, she played Sandy in the live Fox television production of Grease. She was a judge on America’s Got Talent for its 2019 season.

Early life

Hough was born in Orem, Utah, the youngest of five children in a Latter-Day Saint family. Her parents are Marianne and Bruce Hough; her father was twice chairman of the Utah Republican Party. Her brother, Derek Hough, is also a professional dancer. She also has three older sisters: Sharee, Marabeth and Katherine. All four of Hough’s grandparents were dancers. She is also a second cousin of musicians Riker, Rydel, Rocky and Ross Lynch from R5, their maternal grandmothers being sisters.

Hough’s formal training began at the Center Stage Performing Arts Studio in Orem where she danced with Josh Murillo, among others, in Latin Ballroom. She began dancing competitively at nine. When she was 10, Julianne’s parents, who were divorcing, sent Julianne and her brother Derek to London to live and study with their coaches, Corky and Shirley Ballas. The Ballases tutored the Houghs alongside their own son, Mark. At the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts Hough and her brother received training in song, theatre, gymnastics and many forms of dance, including jazz, ballet, and tap. When Hough was 12, the three children formed their own pop music trio 2B1G (“2 Boys, 1 Girl”). They performed at dance competitions in the UK and the U.S., and showcased in a UK television show. At 15, 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. She left London that year, after having been “abused, mentally, physically, everything,” she said, a situation that escalated “when I started hitting puberty, when I started becoming a woman and stopped being a little girl. … I was told if I ever went back to the United States, three things were going to happen. One: I was going to amount to nothing. Two: I was going to work at Whataburger. And three: I was going to end up a slut. So, it was like, I can’t go back. I have to be this person.” After returning to the U.S., she attended the Las Vegas Academy and Alta High School.

Career

Dancing

Hough was one of the Million Dollar Dancers in the 2006 ABC game show called Show Me the Money. She won season four of the U.S. edition of Dancing with the Stars with her partner, Olympic gold medal-winning speed skater Apolo Ohno, making Hough the youngest professional dancer to win on the program. On November 27, 2007, Hough and her partner, three-time Indianapolis 500 champion Hélio Castroneves, became the winners of season five. Hough returned for season six with radio host/comedian Adam Carolla, but they were eliminated in week four. In July 2008, Hough was nominated at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards in the category of “Outstanding Choreography” for her Mambo “Para Los Rumberos” (performed with partner Hélio Castroneves) on Dancing with the Stars.

On August 25, 2008, the cast of season seven was announced, and Hough was partnered with Hannah Montana actor Cody Linley. She felt abdominal pains during their jitterbug performance on October 27, 2008, and was immediately rushed to a hospital following the encore performance. She subsequently had surgery to have her appendix removed, causing her to miss several performances; Edyta Śliwińska stood in for her. Hough returned to the show, although the pair was ultimately eliminated 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.

On November 20, 2008, Hough told Ryan Seacrest on his radio show she would not be returning to Dancing with the Stars, for the foreseeable future, to further her music career. However, she did return for season eight, partnering with boyfriend at the time, country singer Chuck Wicks. They were voted off in week eight of the competition and came in sixth place. On October 11, 2011, Hough returned to Dancing with the Stars and danced with her Footloose co-star Kenny Wormald twice, and with her brother. She returned again on May 15, 2012, in a dance performance to promote her film Rock of Ages. On October 7, 2013, she was guest judge in place of Len Goodman, which was the first time a former pro dancer came back to judge. In September 2014, she returned as the show’s permanent fourth judge.

Move Live On Tour

On March 18, 2014, Hough and her brother Derek announced a summer tour of over 40 cities across the U.S. and Canada, called “Move Live on Tour”, which would include dancing and singing from both of them, and the appearance of a group of dancers employed by the Houghs who earned their jobs through auditions. They embarked on the sold-out tour on May 25, 2014, in Park City, Kansas, and ended it in Los Angeles on July 26, 2014. Due to the success of ticket sales and several sold-out venues before the tour had officially kicked off, several more shows were added to the tour schedule, which also sold out. For the tour choreography, the Hough siblings collaborated with Nappytabs.

Following the success of the 2014 tour and high demand, the Houghs announced the return of “Move Live on Tour” in the summer of 2015. Spanning from June 12, 2015, to August 8, 2015, the sold-out tour visited over 40 cities throughout the U.S. and Canada, and visited larger venues than in the previous year. Tabitha and Napoleon D’umo “Nappytabs” returned as collaborating choreographers alongside the Hough siblings. Auditions were also held to recruit a new group of dancers to join the Houghs, although some back-up dancers from the previous year returned.

On July 9, 2016, the Houghs held a free fitness pop-up event called Move Interactive in Los Angeles, which they announced would be the first of many. The event started off in Sherman Oaks with a workout session at Pulse Fitness Studios led by celebrity personal trainer and owner, Mark Harari. The participants then took part in a two-mile run along Ventura Blvd, before finishing off with a dance-fitness class at JustDance Los Angeles. According to Hough, the motivation behind the event was to “bring health, love, community and human interaction into our everyday lives.” The following week, on July 14, the Hough’s held a second free Move Interactive event in Fryman Canyon, LA, which included a hike and team-building exercises.

On December 14, 2016, they announced, via social media, that they would be going on a new tour, “MOVE BEYOND Live on Tour”, in 2017.

Music

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 placed at number 100 on the Billboard Pop 100 chart. She later signed with Universal Music Group Nashville’s Mercury Nashville division.

Her 2008 self-titled debut album was recorded in Nashville and produced by David Malloy, who has worked with Reba McEntire and Eddie Rabbitt, among others. Hough’s album, which met with mixed reviews, debuted at number one on the Top Country Albums chart on May 31, and also peaked at number three on the Billboard 200. Hough’s second single, and the first to be released to country radio, was “That Song in My Head”.

Hough joined Brad Paisley’s 2008 Tour, along with Jewel and Chuck Wicks. Hough, Paisley, and Willie Nelson appeared in the video for the Snoop Dogg song “My Medicine”.

Hough appeared in a Juicy Fruit commercial in the fall of 2008, and released an EP of Christmas music called Sounds of the Season: The Julianne Hough Holiday Collection. She performed her second single “My Hallelujah Song” on Dancing With the Stars on November 18, 2008, with her brother Derek Hough, Mark Ballas, and Lacey Schwimmer dancing.

Hough, LeAnn Rimes, Jessica Simpson, and Kellie Pickler announced the 2009 Academy of Country Music Award nominees in February 2009. Hough was nominated for the Top New Female Vocalist award, a fan-voted award, which she subsequently won. Hough won the Top New Artist award at the 44th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on April 5, 2009, and released a single, “Is That So Wrong”, to country radio on June 21, 2010. It was intended as the lead single for her second album, Wildfire, but the album was never released.

In June 2012, Hough told AOL’s The Boot that her second album was “completely done” and that she was initially “really, really looking forward to the record.” However, she also stated that, due to the underperforming lead single and having “a lot of momentum” in her film career, no plans have been made to release Wildfire. She does intend to resume focusing on her music career at some point, though: “I feel like when I have the time to focus on it, and when I feel like it is the right time, [I’ll return to] my music,” she said.

Acting and other appearances

Hough’s first acting role was in the 2001 feature film Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, in an uncredited role as a “Hogwarts schoolgirl”. She appeared in the 2010 musical Burlesque, starring Cher and Christina Aguilera. In the film, which chronicles a small-town girl (Aguilera) who finds success at a Los Angeles burlesque club, Hough plays a dancer named Georgia.

Hough’s first leading role was as Ariel Moore in the 2011 remake of the Paramount film Footloose, opposite Kenny Wormald as Ren McCormack. Filming began in September 2010. The film was released on October 14, 2011. Hough played the role of Sherrie Christian in the 2012 film adaptation of the Broadway musical Rock of Ages, alongside Tom Cruise, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Malin Akerman.

In 2012, she filmed her starring role opposite Josh Duhamel in the romantic drama Safe Haven, based on the novel of the same name by Nicholas Sparks, which was released on February 14, 2013. Hough also starred in the comedy-drama Paradise as Lamb Mannerheim, which was released on October 18, 2013. She starred alongside Russell Brand, who had previously co-starred with Hough in Rock of Ages.

Hough portrayed the role of Sandy Young for Fox’s live television presentation of the musical Grease on January 31, 2016.

Hough and brother Derek hosted the 2016 The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration and The Disney Parks’ Magical Christmas Celebration. It was televised by ABC on Thanksgiving night, November 24, and Christmas Day, December 25. The Hough siblings introduced performances by Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood and Kelly Clarkson. A companion holiday album, Disney Channel Holiday Hits, was released November 18, 2016.

In 2018, she was cast as Jolene in the episode of the same name from the Netflix anthology series Heartstrings, based on the Dolly Parton song.

In February 2019, it was announced that Hough had joined the NBC competition series America’s Got Talent.However she was announced to be exiting in November after the one season.
She will be the new host on the voice for season 19, replacing Carson Daly

Personal life

Hough has said she is no longer a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, but credits the faith for instilling her with a moral code.

Hough dated fellow country singer Chuck Wicks from August 2008 to November 2009; when the two had a mutual break-up, it inspired Hough’s song “Is That So Wrong”. Hough dated Ryan Seacrest from April 2010 to March 2013. In February 2014, it was revealed that she began dating NHL player Brooks Laich, then of the Washington Capitals, in December 2013. The couple announced their engagement on August 18, 2015 and they were married on July 8, 2017.

Hough attracted controversy in October 2013 when she donned blackface as part of a Halloween costume depicting Uzo Aduba’s character Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren from the Netflix comedy-drama Orange Is the New Black. Hough later apologized, stating on Twitter: “I realize my costume hurt and offended people and I truly apologize.”

Hough has been diagnosed with endometriosis since 2008, and went public with it to help de-stigmatize the conditions surrounding the disease.

Hough describes herself as “not straight”.

Dancing with the Stars performances

SeasonPartnerPlace
4 Apolo Anton Ohno1st
5Hélio Castroneves1st
6 Adam Carolla9th
7 Cody Linley4th
8 Chuck Wicks6th

With Apolo Anton Ohno

(average 27.53)

WeekDance/SongJudges’ scoreResult
InabaGoodmanTonioli
1Cha cha/ “Let’s Hear It for the Boy”777No elimination
2Quickstep/ “Two Hearts”899Safe
3Jive/ “You Never Can Tell”788Safe
4Waltz/ “If You Don’t Know Me by Now”989Safe
5Samba/ “I Like to Move It”101010Safe
6Rumba/ “Cool”
Swing/”Rock This Town”
9
N/A
9
N/A
10
N/A
Safe
7Foxtrot/ “Steppin’ Out with My Baby”
Mambo/ “Dr. Beat”
9
9
8
9
9
10
Safe
8Tango/ “Jessie’s Girl”
Paso doble/ “Carnaval de Paris”
10
10
8
10
10
10
Safe
9Quickstep/ “Mr. Pinstripe Suit”
Cha cha/ “Push It”
10
10
10
9
10
10
Bottom 2
10Rumba/ “Midnight Train to Georgia”
Freestyle/ “Bust a Move”
Paso doble/ “Carnaval de Paris”
9
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
10
Winner

With Hélio Castroneves

(average 27.13)

WeekDance/SongJudges’ scoreResult
InabaGoodmanTonioli
1Foxtrot/ “Bewitched theme”898Safe
2Mambo/ “Para Los Rumberos”999Safe
3Jive/ “Kids in America”888Safe
4Viennese Waltz/ “Iris”999Safe
5Rumba/ “Apologize”878Safe
6Cha cha/ “Get Up Offa That Thing”
Rock and Roll/ “Rockin’ Robin”
9
N/A
10
N/A
9
N/A
Safe
7Tango/ “Jean Genie”
Samba/ Candela
9
9
8
9
8
9
Safe
8Paso doble/ “Amparito Roco”
Quickstep/ “Hey Pachuco”
9
10
9
10
9
10
Safe
9Foxtrot/ “Ain’t That a Kick in the Head?”
Cha cha “Love Rollercoaster”
10
10
10
10
10
10
Last to be called safe
10Jive “Let’s Twist Again”
Freestyle/ “Land of a Thousand Dances”
Quickstep/ “Hey Pachuco”
8
9
10
8
10
10
9
10
10
Winner

With Adam Carolla

(average 18.5)

WeekDance/SongJudges’ scoreResult
InabaGoodmanTonioli
1Foxtrot/ “Mellow Yellow”555N/A
2Mambo/ “House of Bamboo”676Safe
3Tango/ “I Can’t Tell a Waltz from a Tango”777Safe
4Paso doble/ “Plaza of Execution”676Eliminated

With Cody Linley

(average 23.56)

WeekDance/SongJudges’ scoreResult
InabaGoodmanTonioli
1Cha cha/ “Tilt Ya Head Back”666Safe
1Quickstep/ “I Want You to Want Me”878Safe
2Rumba/ “Bleeding Love”777Safe
3Jive/ “Call Me the Breeze”777Safe
4Tango/ “Bohemian Like You”788Safe
5Jitterbug/ “Big Time Operator”1099Safe
6Samba/ “Whine Up”
Old school hip hop/ “It Takes Two”
8
No
8*
scores
7
given
Safe
7Viennese Waltz/ “Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?”
Team cha-cha-cha/ “Mercy”
8
6
7
7
7
7
Last to be called safe
8Foxtrot/ “Call Me Irresponsible”
Mambo/ “My Way”
8
8
8
8
8
8
Last to be called safe
9Paso doble/ “Le Disko”
Salsa/ “Juventud del Presente”
8
8
7
8
7
8
Eliminated (4th place)
  • Weeks 7 and 8, Hough was recovering from surgery. Linley danced with Edyta Śliwińska during this time.
  • Score was awarded by stand in judge Michael Flatley.

With Chuck Wicks

(average 23.22)

WeekDance/SongJudges’ scoreResult
InabaGoodmanTonioli
1Waltz/”Are You Lonesome Tonight?”677No elimination
2Salsa/”Say Hey (I Love You)”677Safe
3Foxtrot/”All I Want To Do”878Safe
4Lindy Hop/”Summertime Blues”877Safe
5Viennese Waltz/”Feels Like Today”788Safe
6Rumba/”She Will Be Loved”878Safe
7Samba/”Balla, Balla”
1960s group dance/”The Clapping Song”
9
No
9
scores
9
given
Safe
8Cha cha/ “Outta Love”
Team Mambo/ “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)”
9
8
9
8
8
9
Eliminated

Discography

Albums / EPs

TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart
positions
US CountryUSUS Holiday
Julianne Hough
  • Release date: May 20, 2008
  • Label: Mercury Nashville
13
Sounds of the Season: The Julianne Hough Holiday Collection (EP)
  • Release date: October 12, 2008
  • Label: Mercury Nashville
2242

Singles

YearSinglePeak chart positionsAlbum
US CountryUSUS Pop
2007“Will You Dance With Me”114100Non-album song
2008“That Song in My Head”188884 Julianne Hough
“My Hallelujah Song”44
2010“Is That So Wrong” Wildfire
2019“Transform”TBA
“—” denotes releases did not chart

Guest singles

YearSingleArtistPeak chart positionsAlbum
USCANNORIRENZSWESPA
2010“We Are the World 25 for Haiti”Artists for Haiti27198515Non-album song

Soundtrack appearances

TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart
positions
US
Rock of Ages
  • Release date: June 5, 2012
  • Label: WaterTower Music
5
Grease Live! (Music from the Television Event)
  • Release date: January 31, 2016
  • Label: Paramount Pictures
37

Music videos

YearSongDirector
2008“That Song in My Head” Trey Fanjoy
“My Hallelujah Song” Wayne Isham
2010“We Are the World 25 for Haiti” Paul Haggis
“Is That So Wrong” Adam Shankman

Awards and nominations

YearAssociationCategoryNominated workResult Ref.
2008Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Choreography Dancing with the StarsNominated
2009
2011ShoWestFemale Rising Star of 2011N/AWon
2012Teen Choice AwardsChoice Movie: Breakout Rock of AgesNominated
2015Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Choreography (tie) Dancing with the StarsWon