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Julianne Hough Biography


Name: Julianne Hough, singer and dancer

Birthdate: July 20, 1988

Birthplace: Provo, Utah

Sign: Cancer

Singer and dancer Julianne Hough may be best known as a dancer on the ABC hit reality show "Dancing with the Stars," but she is also passionate about being a country music singer.

Hough, pronounced "huff," signed with Mercury Nashville Records in 2007 and her self-titled debut album was released May 20, 2008, debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard country Album chart and No. 3 on the Billboard 200.

Hough is a two-time winner of "Dancing with the Stars." In the seventh season of the show she was paired with "Hannah Montana" star Cody Linley. The duo made it to the semi-finals before being eliminated. Hough performed her second single "My Hallelujah Song" with her brother, Derek Hough, Mark Ballas and Lacey Schwimmer dancing while she sang, on the night she and Linley were eliminated.

Hough, who grew up singing, is one of five children. She grew up in a Mormon family with brother Derek and 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.

Hough's formal training began at the Center Stage Performing Arts Studio in Orem, Utah, and she began dancing competitively at nine. Her parents sent her and her brother Derek to London for a year later to live and study with their coaches, Corky and Shirley Ballas.

The Ballas' helped tutor the two Hough children alongside their own son, Mark, while schooling them at the Italia Conti Academy. The three children formed their own pop music trio called 2B1G ("2 Boys, 1 Girl") when Julianne was 12 and they performed at dance competitions in the U.K. and the U.S. At 15, 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., graduated from high school and moved to Los Angeles to begin her career. 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.

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. In 2008, Hough joined Brad Paisley's 2008 Tour, along with Jewel and Chuck Wicks. Hough, Paisley and Willie Nelson appear in the video for the Snoop Dogg song "My Medicine." While on tour with Paisely, Hough began dating Wicks.

Hough has also released a Christmas CD entitled "Sounds of the Season: The Julianne Hough Holiday Collection," which is available exclusively at Target stores.

At one time, Hough was engaged to dancer Zach Wilson but reports say they ended their engagement in May 2007. Despite various rumors linking her romantically with her "Dancing With the Stars" partners, Hough's first public relationship after Wilson was with country singer Wicks.

During the seventh season of "Dancing with the Stars," Hough had to undergo an appendectomy in the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center to remove her appendix and a cyst on her ovary. Hough said that during her recovery Wicks was by her side the entire time.