Julianne Hough (born Julianne Alexandra Hough in Sandy, Utah on July 20, 1988) began on Dancing with the Stars as a professional dancer. However, after eight seasons, she decided to concentrate on her singing and acting career. Her self-titled country album landed at No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart. She then went on to acting, starring in Burlesque then landing the leads in the remake of Footloose, Rock of Ages, and Safe Haven.With her perfect looks and dazzling dance-floor moves, Hough became America's spinning sweetheart when she joined---and ultimately won---Dancing With the Stars. An aspiring entertainer from an early age, Hough left her Utah home at age 10 to study at London's Italia Conti Academy of Performing Arts. Her efforts paid off when she became the first U.S.-born dancer to be crowned International Latin Youth Champion and Junior Blackpool World Latin Champion. Although she returned to Utah to finish high school, after graduation she headed to Los Angeles and quickly booked a gig as a sexy dancer on the short-lived game show Show Me the Money. From there, she joined the DWTS tour as a company dancer. In a 42nd Street-like twist, when lead dancer Kym Johnson injured herself, Hough replaced her, twirling across the country with Season 1 DWTS contestant Joey MacIntyre. Her impressive work led to her addition to DWTS proper. She was paired with Olympic speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno in Season 4 and race-car driver Helio Castraneves in Season 5, winning back-to-back mirror-ball trophies. Proving that she's more than just a hoofer, Hough released her first country-music album in May 2008. She quickly followed up with a 2008 holiday album and also performed in Brad Paisley's 2008 tour.
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