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.Julianne Hough Fast Facts:
- Grew up in Utah with four brothers and sisters.
- Lived in London for five years, from age 10 to 15, to train with top dance teachers.
- Along with her brother Derek, was part of the kids band 2B1G, which stood for "two boys, one girl."
- Assisted in choreographing Gwen Stefani's video for "Wind It Up."
- Won Dancing with the Stars two seasons in a row; with Apolo Anton Ohno in season 4, and with Helio Castroneves in season 5.
- Released her first country-music album, Julianne Hough, in May 2008.
- Landed her first lead acting role in the 2011 remake of Footloose.
- Julianne Hough Relationships:
- Marriann Nelson - Mother
- Marabeth - Sister
- Derek Hough - Brother
- Chuck Wicks - Ex-significant Other
- Zack Wilson - Ex-fiancé
- Bruce Hough - Father
- Katherine - Sister
- Ryan Seacrest - Ex-significant Other
- Sharee - Sister
- Julianne Hough Awards:
- 2009 Emmy: Outstanding Choreography - Nominee
- 2009 CMT Music Awards: Breakthrough Video of the Year - Nominee
- 2008 Emmy: Outstanding Choreography - Nominee