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Julianne Hough

Hough performing in Los Angeles in March 2009
Background information
Born July 20, 1988 (1988-07-20) (age 21)
Orem, Utah
Origin Provo, Utah, USA
Genres Country Pop
Occupations Ballroom dancer
Singer
Years active 2007 – present
Labels Mercury Nashville
Associated acts Jim Collins
Derek Hough
Chuck Wicks
Website Official website

Julianne Hough (pronounced /hʌf/; born July 20, 1988) 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.[1] She earned a Creative Arts Primetime Emmy nomination in 2007 for choreography. ABC's 20/20 called her one of the "very best dancers on the planet."[2] Hough's brother, Derek, is also on Dancing with the Stars and is a winner himself. Hough was signed to Mercury Nashville Records in December 2007. Her self-titled debut album was released May 20, 2008, 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 October 12, 2008, she released a holiday album, Sounds of the Season: The Julianne Hough Holiday Collection, which as of January 5, 2009, had sold 157,000 copies.

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Early life

Hough grew up one of five[3][4] children in 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.[5] The Ballases 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.[5][6] The three children formed their own pop music trio 2B1G ("2 Boys, 1 Girl") when Hough was twelve,[7] performed at dance competitions in the U.K. and the U.S., and showcased in a UK television show.[8] 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.[9] She then moved on her own to Los Angeles to begin her career.

Dancing

One of her earliest professional experiences was as an assistant choreographer on Gwen Stefani's "Wind It Up" music video.[citation needed] She was featured in two television commercials and was an extra in an episode of Cold Case. She was one of the "Million Dollar Dancers" in the short-lived network television 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 November 27, 2007, 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 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.[10]

On August 25, 2008, 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 October 27, 2008 and was immediately rushed to a hospital following the encore performance.[11] 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 November 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 November 20, 2008, 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.[12] 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

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 peaked at #100 on the Billboard Pop 100 chart.[13] 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,[14][15] debuted at #1 on the Top Country Albums chart on May 31, and also peaked at #3 on the Billboard 200.[16] 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 Tour, along with Jewel and Chuck Wicks. Hough, Paisley and Willie Nelson appeared in the video for the Snoop Dogg song "My Medicine".[17] Hough appeared in a Juicy Fruit commercial in the fall of 2008.[18] 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 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.[19] Hough won the Top New Artist award at the 44th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on April 5, 2009.

During 2009, Hough headlines some of her own shows. Her first concert as the headlining act was in Green Bay, Wisconsin at the Meyer Theatre on January 15, 2009. She was the opening act for two shows on Toby Keith's Tour as well as the opening act for George Strait's Summer 2009 Tour.

Hough did not get the chance to write on her first record because the whole process was so quick. For her next record she plans to write more.[20]

Acting

Provided there are not scheduling conflicts, Hough will star as Ariel in the 2010 remake of the Paramount film Footloose opposite Chace Crawford as Ren McCormack. Filming is scheduled to begin in March, 2010.[21]

Hough joined the cast of the musical Burlesque. She will play a dancer in the film, which chronicles a small-town girl (Christina Aguilera) who finds success at a Los Angeles burlesque club.[22]

Personal life

Hough 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.[23] Despite rumors linking her romantically with various Dancing With the Stars partners,[24] and public courting by Kevin Connolly of Entourage fame,[25] Hough's first public relationship after Wilson was with country singer Chuck Wicks.[26] After dating since August 2008, they announced a mutual break-up on November 10, 2009.[27]

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 October 28, 2008 to remove her appendix, a cyst on her ovary, and scar tissue that had formed on her bladder and fallopian tubes.[28]

Dancing with the Stars performances

Hough's current DWTS pro average is 23.8.

With Apolo Anton Ohno

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Cha cha cha/ "Let's Hear It for the Boy" 7 7 7 Safe
2 Quickstep/ "Two Hearts" 8 9 9 Safe
3 Jive/ "You Never Can Tell" 7 8 8 Safe
4 Waltz/ "If You Don't Know Me By Now" 9 8 9 Safe
5 Samba/ "I Like to Move It" 10 10 10 Safe
6 Rumba/ "Cool"
Swing/"Rock This Town"
9
No
9
Scores
10
Given
Safe
7 Foxtrot/ "Steppin' Out With My Baby"
Mambo/ "Dr. Beat"
9
9
8
9
9
10
Safe
8 Tango/ "Jessie's Girl"
Paso Doble/ "Carnaval de Paris"
10
10
8
10
10
10
Safe
9
Semi-finals
Quickstep/ "Mr. Pinstripe Suit"
Cha cha cha/ "Push It"
10
10
10
9
10
10
Safe
10
Finals
Rumba/ "Midnight Train to Georgia"
Freestyle/ "Bust a Move"
Paso Doble/ "Carnaval de Paris"
9
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
10
Won

With Hélio Castroneves

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Foxtrot/ "Bewitched theme" 8 9 8 Safe
2 Mambo/ "Para Los Rumberos" 9 9 9 Safe
3 Jive/ "Kids In America" 8 8 8 Safe
4 Viennese Waltz/ "Iris" 9 9 9 Safe
5 Rumba/ "Apologize" 8 7 8 Safe
6 Cha cha cha/ "Get Up Offa That Thing"
Rock N' Roll/"Rockin' Robin"
9
No
10
Scores
9
Given
Safe
7 Tango/ "Jean Genie"
Samba/ Candela
9
9
8
9
8
9
Safe
8 Paso Doble/ "Amparito Roco"
Quickstep/ "Hey Pachuco"
9
10
9
10
9
10
Safe
9
Semi-finals
Foxtrot/ "Ain't That a Kick in the Head?"
Cha cha "Love Rollercoaster"
10
10
10
10
10
10
Safe
10
Finals
Jive "Let's Twist Again"
Freestyle/ "Land of a Thousand Dances"
Quickstep/ "Hey Pachuco"
8
9
10
8
10
10
9
10
10
Won
  • The choreography for their Week 2 Mambo was later Emmy-nominated.

With Adam Carolla

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Foxtrot/ "Mellow Yellow" 5 5 5 N/A
2 Mambo/ "House of Bamboo" 6 7 6 Safe
3 Tango/ "I Can't Tell A Waltz From A Tango" 7 7 7 Safe
4 Paso Doble/ "Plaza Of Execution" 6 7 6 Eliminated

With Cody Linley

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Cha-cha-cha/ "Tilt Ya Head Back" 6 6 6 Safe
1 Quickstep/ "I Want You to Want Me" 8 7 8 Safe
2 Rumba/ "Bleeding Love" 7 7 7 Safe
3 Jive/ "Call Me the Breeze" 7 7 7 Safe
4 Tango/ "Bohemian Like You" 7 8 8 Safe
5 Jitterbug/ "Big Time Operator" 10 9 9 Safe
6 Samba/ "Whine Up" 8 8 7 Safe
9
Semi-finals
Paso Doble/ "Le Disko"
Salsa/ "Juventud del Presente"
8
8
7
8
7
8
Eliminated (4th place)
  • Weeks 7 and 8, Julianne was recovering from surgery. Linley danced with Edyta Sliwinska during this time.

With Chuck Wicks

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Waltz/"Are You Lonesome Tonight?" 6 7 7 N/A
2 Salsa/"Say Hey (I Love You)" 6 7 7 Safe
3 Foxtrot/"All I Want To Do" 8 7 8 Safe
4 Lindy Hop/"Summertime Blues" 8 7 7 Safe
5 Viennese Waltz/"Feels Like Today" 7 8 8 Safe
6 Rumba/"She Will Be Loved" 8 7 8 Safe
7 Samba/"Baila, Baila" 9 9 9 Safe
8 Cha-Cha-Cha/ "Outta Love"
Team Mambo/ "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)"
9
8
9
8
8
9
Eliminated

Discography

Studio albums

Year Album details Peak chart positions
US Country US CAN Country CAN
2008 Julianne Hough 1 3 4 41

EPs

Year Album details Peak chart positions
US Country US US Holiday
2008 Sounds of the Season:
The Julianne Hough Holiday Collection
  • Released: October 12, 2008
  • Label: Mercury Nashville
2 24 2

Singles

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US Country US US
Pop
2007 "Will You Dance with Me" 114 100 Non-album song
2008 "That Song in My Head" 18 88 84 Julianne Hough
"My Hallelujah Song" 44
"—" denotes releases did not chart

Guest singles

Year Single Artist Peak chart positions Album
US CAN NOR IRE NZ SWE SPA
2010 "We Are the World 25 for Haiti" Artists for Haiti 2 7 1 9 8 5 15 Non-album song

Music videos

Year Video Director
2008 "That Song in My Head" Trey Fanjoy
"My Hallelujah Song" Wayne Isham

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Result
2009 Academy of Country Music Top New Female Vocalist Won
Top New Artist Won
CMT Music Awards USA Weekend Breakthrough Video of the Year Nominated

Filmography

Year Film Role Notes
2010 Burlesque Georgia filming
Footloose Ariel Moore announced

References

  1. ^ http://www.shape.com/lifestyle/entertainment_and_celebrities/cover_models/dancing_her_heart_out_and_her_body_fit
  2. ^ 20/20, November 9, 2007, produced by Marc Dorian and Howie Masters.
  3. ^ About. JulianneHough.com. Accessed 2008-05-19.
  4. ^ Dan Copp (May 25, 2007). "Local woman's sister dances with the stars." Advertiser News. Accessed 2008-05-19.
  5. ^ a b Mark Shenton (April 17, 2006) Derek Hough. london.broadway.com. Accessed 2008-05-19.
  6. ^ Bio JulianneHough.net. Accessed 2008-05-19.
  7. ^ Expedition 4 a.m. Project Timepiece Films. Accessed 2008-05-19.
  8. ^ Entertainment Tonight interview, October 11, 2007
  9. ^ Padgett, Sonya (April 16, 2007). "Dancing her way to fame". Las Vegas Review-Journal. http://www.lvrj.com/living/7042667.html. 
  10. ^ "60th Annual Emmy Nominations". Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. http://www.emmys.tv/awards/2008pte/60thpte_noms.php. Retrieved 2008-08-25. 
  11. ^ Strauss, Gary (October 28, 2008). "'Dancing' star Julianne Hough to have surgery". USA Today. http://www.usatoday.com/life/television/news/2008-10-27-julianne-hough_N.htm. 
  12. ^ "Dancing with the Stars: Julianne Will Sit Out Next Season." TV Guide. November 20, 2008. Retrieved on November 21, 2008.
  13. ^ Rocchio, Christopher. "'Dancing with the Stars' pro Julianne Hough signs country record deal." RealityTVWorld. November 30, 2007. Accessed 2008-03-09.
  14. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Review." Allmusic.
  15. ^ Review Country Weekly.
  16. ^ Morris, Edward. "Julianne Hough dances to the top of the Top Country Albums chart." Country Music Television. May 31, 2008.
  17. ^ "Snoop Dogg Releases Country Music Video." The Insider. June 19, 2008.
  18. ^ "Julianne's Juicy Fruit Commercial." juliannehough.com. September 9, 2008.
  19. ^ "44th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards Nominees." ACM Country.
  20. ^ Smith, Ryan. Page 10. "Julianne Hough: A Country Girl at Heart" On Tour with Shure. Fall 2009.
  21. ^ McNary, Dave. "Julianne Hough to star in 'Footloose'." Variety. June 19, 2009.
  22. ^ Eng, Joyce (2009-10-13). "Julianne Hough Joins Christina Aguilera, Cher In Burlesque". TVGuide.com. http://movies.tvguide.com/Movie-News/Julianne-Hough-Joins-1010823.aspx. 
  23. ^ "Dancing's Julianne Hough Postpones Her Wedding." People. May 9, 2007. Accessed 2008-10-06.
  24. ^ "Helio Castroneves and Julianne Hough deny romance rumors." US. November 28, 2007. Accessed 2008-03-06.
  25. ^ Rizzo, Monica and Eunice Oh. "Kevin Connolly Gives a Ring to Julianne Hough." People. November 14, 2007. Accessed 2007-11-21.
  26. ^ Finan, Eileen. "Julianne Hough: I'm Dating an 'Awesome' Guy." People. August 20, 2008. Accessed 2008-10-06.
  27. ^ Dam, Julie (2009-11-10). "Source: Julianne Hough and Chuck Wicks Split". People. http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20318934,00.html. Retrieved 2009-11-11. 
  28. ^ Rizzo, Monica. "Julianne Hough ‘Feeling Phenomenal’ After Surgery." People. November 5, 2008.

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