Two appears to be a lucky number for Julianne Hough, as the two-time Dancing With the Stars winner received two Emmy nominations this week. The blonde beauty and her brother, Derek, nabbed 2009 Creative Arts Emmy nominations for their choreography on the hit ABC show. The siblings’ dance to a medley of “Jive” and “Great Balls of Fire” will compete against one performance from the 81st annual Academy Awards and four performances from Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance.
Hough also received a nomination for her DWTS choreography at last year’s Creative Arts Emmys. The nominations are likely bittersweet for Hough, as the 20-year-old recently announced that she won’t be returning for the next season of DWTS. While away from the show, Hough plans on concentrating on her fledgling country music career, which means fans with Julianne Hough tickets can see her live, as well as working on the remake of the 1984 cult classic Footloose with Gossip Girl’s Chace Crawford.
Triple-threat Julianne Hough (she can act too!) danced her way through her childhood in Salt Lake City, Utah, eventually landing in London and winning the prestigious Junior Blackpool World Latin Championship. Hough then returned to the States, attended the Las Vegas Academy, a performing arts high school, and scored a gig working as an assistant choreographer on a Gwen Stefani video. Julianne Hough first appeared on Dancing With the Stars in 2006 and won the title on her first try out. After defending her title during the 2007 DWTS season, Hough released her first country-flavored single, aptly-titled “Will You Dance With Me.”
After her debut single, released via iTunes and Wal-Mart, broke into the top 100 on Billboard’s country charts, Hough signed a recording deal with Universal Music Nashville and issued her second single, “That Song in My Head” in March 2008. While on tour opening for one of country’s biggest stars, Brad Paisley, Hough’s self-titled debut album, produced by David Malloy, arrived and rose to number three on the pop charts and number one of the country charts.
Although Hough appeared in several small roles on television prior to DWTS, she is poised to make her big-screen debut in the 2010 remake of Footloose. In a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight, Julianne gushed that she is “really excited” about Footloose, adding, “we’re still working out the nitty gritty details of scheduling and stuff, but I’m super excited. I feel like we have the best people working on it-Paramount, and Kenny Ortega, and the producers.”
Hough’s co-star Chace Crawford replaced High School Musical star Zac Efron, who bowed out of the movie as an effort to not pigeonhole himself as a song-and-dance actor (in addition to HSM he starred in Hairspray). Hough will be busy with her music career until shooting for Footloose begins next spring, as she is currently on her own tour and will also be playing select dates the country legend George Strait. Check online for Julianne Hough tickets!