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  • Julianne Hough is returning to '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 Hough is dancing her way back onto your TV for Season 11 of “Dancing With the Stars.”

    First reported by Access Hollywood, a source close to the show tells the country-singing cutie didn’t make it quite as big as she’d hoped after leaving “DWTS,” and with the potential indefinite postponement of the “Footloose” film remake in which she was to star, the dancer has decided to return to her roots.

    “She will be back next season,” the insider told “Julianne loves ‘Dancing With the Stars’ and ABC always left the door open for her to return at any time.  They were hoping she would come back one day. Julianne is a brilliant dancer and it was a loss to them when she decided to focus on her music career.”

    SLIDESHOW: The Lovely and Talented Julianne Hough.

    It sounds like the problems producers were having casting a male lead to reprise Kevin Bacon’s iconic role in “Footloose” sealed the deal.

    “When Chace Crawford backed out of ‘Footloose’, she was already considering ['DWTS'].  From the very beginning Julianne had other options in place because ‘Footloose’ still doesn’t feel like a sure thing,” the source explained.

    Hough has already won “DWTS” twice with Apolo Ohno and Helio Castroneves. But fans don’t have to wait for the next season of “Dancing” to see Hough strut her stuff again. The dancer is also in the upcoming feature film, “Burlesque,” starring Christina Aguilera and Cher.

    “Julianne plays a dancer in the film, but she doesn’t have a lot of other projects lined up,” the source said. “She has time to do ‘Dancing With the Stars’ again and make it a priority.  She’ll be tough competition for all the other professional dancers, especially her brother, Derek and Maksim Chmerkovskiy.”

    Calls to Hough’s reps were not returned.

    - Kelly Will

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