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'Dancing With the Stars' Season 27 Will Kick Off Without Judge Julianne Hough

By Gabrielle Bernardini

Unfortunately, you will once again not be seeing Julianne Hough for Season 27 on Dancing With the Stars. The former Mirror Ball champion turned DWTS judge is continuing her exploration into other projects, and will not be returning as a judge on the ABC hit show.

The professional dancer/actress, 30, started off the series as a dancer on the show from Season 4 until Season 8. Her growing success helped her to land a seat at the judges' table in 2014. Since her time on the show, she has participated in other projects, such as movies (Footloose and Rock of Ages), a successful dance tour with her brother Derek Hough, and has upcoming credits in Bigger and One Hit Wendy

Her initial decision to not come back for Season 25 through Season 27 transpired after she wanted to pursue other creative opportunities. "So many things are happening," she previously told Entertainment Tonight in a March 2018 interview. "Obviously, Dancing has always been my family. I was on it, I left for a little while, I came back. So, who knows what will transpire [in the future]. But as of right now, I'm focusing on [Blackpool], my acting and then my music. That's really sort of my focus right now."