Julianne Hough (pronounced /ˈhʌf/; born July 20, 1988) is an American professional ballroom dancer, country music singer and actress. 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 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 three-time 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. She is starring in her first major motion picture film remake of Footloose that is scheduled for release on October 14, 2011 in theaters.
Hough is the youngest sister of dancer Derek Hough.
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 successfully underwent an appendectomy in the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on October 28, 2008.
Since April 2010, Julianne Hough has been dating Ryan Seacrest, the host of American Idol