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Biography for Julianne HoughJulianne Hough (born Jul. 20, 1988 (25 years ago)) is an American professional ballroom dancer and country music singer. She is most-widely known for being a two-time winner of ABC's Dancing with the Stars. She earned a Creative Arts Primetime Emmy nomination in 2007 (6 years ago) for choreography. ABC's 20/20 called her one of the "very best dancers on the planet." Hough's brother, Derek, is also on Dancing with the Stars and is a winner himself. Hough was signed to Mercury Nashville Records in dec. 2007 (6 years ago). Her self-titled debut album was released May 20, 2008 (5 years ago), debuting at #1 on the Billboard Country Album chart and #3 on the Billboard 200. It sold 67,000 copies its first week, and has sold over 320,000 total copies. On Oct. 12, 2008 (5 years ago), she released a holiday album, Sounds of the Season: The Julianne Hough Holiday Collection, which as of Jan. 5, 2009 (4 years ago), had sold 157,000 copies.
Early yearsHough grew up one of five children from an LDS (Mormon) family in Sandy, Utah, a suburb of Salt Lake City. Her brother Derek Hough is also a professional dancer. She has three sisters, Sharee, Marabeth, and Katherine. All four of her grandparents were dancers, and her parents met while on a ballroom dancing team in college in Idaho.
Her formal training began at the Center Stage Performing Arts Studio in Orem, Utah, where she danced with Josh Murillo, among others, in Latin Ballroom; she began dancing competitively at nine. Her parents sent her and brother Derek to London for a year later to live and study with their coaches, Corky and Shirley Ballas, and to spare them the strife of divorce. The Ballas' 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 Hough was twelve, performed at dance competitions in the U.K. and the U.S., and showcased in a UK TV 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 careerOne of her earliest professional experiences was as an assistant choreographer on Gwen Stefani's "Wind It Up." music video. She was featured in two TV commercials and was an extra in an episode of Cold Case. She was one of the "Million Dollar Dancers" in the short-lived network TV game show Show Me the Money.
In the fourth season of the U.S. version of Dancing with the Stars, a televised ballroom dance competition, 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 Nov. 27, 2007 (6 years ago), Hough and her partner, three-time Indianapolis 500 champion Hélio Castroneves, became the winners of Season 5. Hough returned for season 6 with radio host/comedian Adam Carolla, but they were eliminated in the fourth week. In Jul. 2008 (5 years ago), 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 Aug. 25, 2008 (5 years ago), the cast of season 7 was announced, and Hough was partnered with Hannah Montana actor Cody Linley. She felt abdominal pains during their jitterbug performance on Oct. 27, 2008 (5 years ago) 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, however, Edyta Śliwińska stood in for her. Hough returned to the show, although the pair were ultimately eliminated in the Semifinals Competition. She appeared on the Nov. 12 results show dancing the jive to "Great Balls of Fire" with her brother for the "Design-A-Dance" contest. Hough and brother Derek were selected the favorite pros on the show by an online vote at ABC.com and won the honor of doing this special audience designed dance.
On Nov. 20, 2008 (5 years ago), Hough told Ryan Seacrest on his radio show she would not be returning for the foreseeable future to Dancing with the Stars in order to further her country music career. However, she did return for the eighth season, partnering with real life boyfriend, country singer Chuck Wicks. They were voted off in the eighth week of the competition and came in 6th place.
Music careerHough's first country music single "Will You Dance With Me" was released to iTunes and Wal-Mart in May 2007 (6 years ago) 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's Mercury Nashville division.
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 #3 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 (5 years ago) Tour, along with Jewel and Chuck Wicks. Hough, Paisley and Willie Nelson appeared in the video for the Snoop Dogg (5 walls) song "My Medicine". Hough appeared in a Juicy Fruit commercial in the fall of 2008 (5 years ago). and released an EP of Christmas music called Sounds of the Season: The Julianne Hough Holiday Collection. Hough performed her second single "My Hallelujah Song" on Dancing With the Stars on Nov. 18, 2008 (5 years ago), with her brother, Derek Hough, Mark Ballas and Lacey Schwimmer dancing.
Hough, LeAnn Rimes, Jessica Simpson (31 walls), and Kellie Pickler announced the 2009 (4 years ago) Academy of Country Music Award nominees in Feb. 2009 (4 years ago). 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 Apr. 5, 2009 (4 years ago).
During 2009 (4 years ago), Hough headlines some of her own shows. Her first concert as the headlining act was in Green Bay, Wisconsin at the Meyer Theatre on Jan. 15, 2009 (4 years ago). She will be the opening act for two shows on Toby Keith's Tour as well as the opening act for George Strait's Summer 2009 (4 years ago) Tour.
Acting careerProvided there are not scheduling conflicts, Hough will star as Ariel in the 2010 (3 years ago) remake of the Paramount movie Footloose opposite Chace Crawford as Ren McCormack. Filming is scheduled to begin in March, 2010 (3 years ago).
Personal lifeHough is the younger sister of Derek Hough. She once dated Derek's best friend/bandmate and current Dancing with the Stars professional dancer Mark Ballas.
Upon completion of the fourth season of Dancing with the Stars, Hough postponed her wedding to former dancer Zach Wilson, but denied that a rumored relationship with Ohno was the cause of the breakup. Despite 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.
Hough was diagnosed with endometriosis, a common condition in which tissue from the uterine lining grows outside the uterus. Hough underwent an appendectomy in the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on Oct. 28, 2008 (5 years ago) to remove her appendix, a cyst on her ovary, and scar tissue that had formed on her bladder and fallopian tubes.
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