Julianne Hough leaving Dancing with the Stars because “music is where I want to be”

Julianne Hough, who missed two weeks of Dancing with the Stars 7 and then was eliminated Tuesday on her first week back, definitely won’t be back for Dancing with the Stars 8—and may be leaving the show for good.

“Actually, I’m not going to be back next season. … That’s final, I’m definitely not going back next season. It’s because I really, really want to focus on the music and, you know, kind of be taken seriously a little bit,” she told Ryan Seacrest on his radio show today. “And I think it’s hard being on Dancing with the Stars and be singing, and kind of get that confusion, so I’m really going to focus on the music and go on tour.”

Seacrest asked if that was risky. “I mean, yeah, but the music is where I want to be. So, you gotta do what you gotta to do get there,” she said. “The music’s so important.” On the show, she didn’t say anything about future seasons, but on her Fancast blog, she wrote, “I don’t know about the fall. Maybe, maybe not. We’ll see.”

In other words, if her singing career tanks, look for her back on the show on season nine. That music career, however, has involved releasing two albums this year: her self-titled debut and Sounds of the Season: The Julianne Hough Holiday Collection.

While Julianne and her celebrity partner Cody Linley were eliminated this week, she has won the show two of the four seasons she’s appeared on it (with Helio Castroneves on season five and Apolo Ohno on season four.

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