Julianne Hough will be Dancing with the Stars’ fourth judge

Dancing with the Stars will add a fourth judge this season: former cast member Julianne Hough.

Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba, and Bruno Tonioli all return, even though the show probably could have benefitted from replacing one of them. But change is scary; see Randy Jackson’s perpetual role on American Idol. Then again, Idol also offers a lesson in how hard it is to find a judging panel with chemistry.

In ABC’s press release, which says Julianne “became a household name as a two-time professional champion … before making a seamless transition into music and film,” she says,

“I’ve always aspired to be an all-around entertainer, whether I’m acting, dancing or singing, and I’m thrilled for this opportunity that will allow me to continue all of those pursuits. … I am warming up the paddles and the sass, and I’m ready to have fun in this new role.”

The show’s new executive producer, Rob Wade, said her “blend of ballroom dancing experience and unique judging ability make her the ideal choice for the show.”

The celebrity cast will be announced Sept. 4 on Good Morning America.

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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