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Julianne Hough returning to 'Stars'

Published August 15, 2008 12:00 am

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Julianne Hough, the rising country star who first wowed television audiences as a performer on ABC's hit "Dancing With the Stars," won't hang up her dance shoes just yet.

The 19-year-old Utah woman took the "Dancing" professional title two seasons in a row, and earlier this year released her first self-titled country album. "Julianne will come back on the show, and she's going to be able to sing on the show," said Kim DelGrosso, creative director of Orem's Center Stage dance studio, the performing arts center that ABC has drawn a number of professional dancers from for the series.

And Julieanne's brother, Derek, who also performed in last year's "Dancing," will return for the upcoming season, which begins Sept. 24 on KTVX Ch. 4.

Julianne Hough, who was raised in Park City, was unavailable for comment Thursday, but her father, Bruce Hough, confirmed that both would perform.

Julianne won the television competition in season's 4 and 5 when she was partnered with Olympic skater Apolo Anton Ohno and Indy car racer Helio Castroneves, respectively.

She then jumped to music, releasing her first country album out of Nashville, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's country album list and No. 3 on the Hot 200 albums list.

After her second win, Hough told The Salt Lake Tribune she wanted to concentrate on her singing career and didn't expect to return to ABC's show. But sources say she was still under contract with the network.