Julianne Hough

Julianne Hough is not hitting the dance floor on Season 8 of Dancing with the Stars, but she is hitting the road.

The aspiring country crooner will open for Toby Keith on a few tour dates next month, E! Online reports. Hough, who released her eponymous debut album last year, will perform Feb. 6 in Louisville, Ky., and Feb. 22 in Des Moines, Iowa. The bubbly blonde is also scheduled to lend her singing skills to another Nashville star, George Strait, on his summer tour, slated to kick off May 15 in Charlotte, N.C.

Hough, a two-time Dancing champ, announced her leave of absence from the ABC hit after she and partner Cody Linley were eliminated in the semifinals last season. "It's because I really, really want to focus on the music and... be taken seriously a little bit," she said. "... I think it's hard to be on Dancing with the Stars and be singing and kind of get that confusion, and so I'm really going to focus on the music."