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Julianne Hough (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.

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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." 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.

Early life

Hough grew up one of five 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.
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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 Ballases helped tutor the two Hough children alongside their own son, Mark, 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 television 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.


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.
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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. After dating since August 2008, they announced a mutual break-up on November 10, 2009.

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.


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.
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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 Tour, along with Jewel and Chuck Wicks. Hough, Paisley and Willie Nelson appeared in the video for the Snoop Dogg song "My Medicine".
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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.
 

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