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  • FOX411 EXCLUSIVE: Julianne Hough Misses 'Dancing With the Stars'

     

    Julianne horses around with her brother Derek, also a dancer, at the Maxim Hot 100 party on May 13, 2009. (AP)

    Julianne horses around with her brother Derek, also a dancer, at the Maxim Hot 100 party on May 13, 2009. (AP)

    Julianne Hough is in New York this week to perform classic songs from “The Wizard of Oz” with Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park on Tuesday night. (You can catch the JHud/Julianne version of “The Wizard of Oz” for free streaming from Netflix on October 3rd.)

    After the two women met for rehearsal yesterday, FOX411 sat down to talk about Julianne’s return to “Dancing With the Stars” this season, her predicted winner, and updates on her “Footloose” remake with Chace Crawford.  

    “I want to come back and dance on the show!” Julianne tells FOX411. “My brother, Derek, and Mark Ballas are going to sing with their Ballas Hough Band and I want to come back and dance while they rock out. I’m working on hooking that up. When I performed my single on ‘DWTS,’ they danced for me. Now it’s my turn!”

    Hough says its hard being on the sidelines this season, to a point.

    “I am competitive and I do miss ‘DWTS.’ It’s nice to relax a little and watch everyone else. I don’t have to stress out every five seconds to see if my partner’s doing okay! That’s very nice for the time being!”

    She does of course have a favorite. “I hope my brother with partner Joanna Krupa are the front runners this season! I haven’t had a chance to watch a full episode, but I get online and watch the dance numbers. My early prediction is that Mya, Donny Osmond, Melissa Joan Hart, Joanna and Aaron Carter all have a great chance to make it to the semi-finals and finals.”

    Julianne makes sure keeps her winning partners, Helio Castroneves and Apolo Ohno, on her speed dial. “I still stay in touch with Apolo Ohno a lot,” she says. “We text message and I always offer him tickets to my shows. When I was in Seattle, where his dad is from, I texted to see if he could come to the show, but he was in Beijing. He’s super focused on training for the Olympics in 2010.”

    “I also try to keep up with Helio Castroneves,” she adds. “I talk to Apolo the most, but I also follow Helio on Twitter and he Tweets in Portuguese too much. I never understand what he’s saying but he texts me all the time and always cracks me up.”

    Once the blonde country star finishes touring the country, she will begin wardrobe fittings and rehearsals for “Footloose” with co-star Chace Crawford from “Gossip Girl.”

    “Chace and I are really in pre-pre-production for ‘Footloose.’ We don’t start until next year in March, but I have met up with him a few times and we’ve done a couple of things together – I’m excited! It is going to be true to this era and time with interesting flares of the original!”

    We see early 80’s dresses and big hair. We likey.

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