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New Dancing With the Stars judge Julianne Hough appears to have indirectly outed Season 19 cast member Jonathan Bennett as gay on Extra this week.

How? It happened innocently with a story she told Mario Lopez.

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“He tweeted at me last year and said I had a nice butt, and I thought, ‘Oh he’s hitting on me - I should try to go on a date with him!’” Hough told Lopez.

“What happened?” Lopez asked the former DWTS professional.

“He’s gay - so I was like, ‘That’s not gonna work!’” Hough joked.

Hough clearly didn't realize that while Bennett was rumored to have dated men, the Mean Girls cast member has never commented publicly on his sexuality.

He also hasn’t responded to Hough outing him, at least not yet.

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Dancing With the Stars pro Karina Smirnoff is a huge fan of her longtime competitor and colleague Julianne Hough, but she's not sure about her DWTS return.

She's the first to openly pose the question of whether it's ethical for Julianne to judge her brother Derek, who is still a competing pro dancer this fall.

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"I think she is a great girl, I've known her for many years," Smirnoff said.

"I think that she is wonderful, gorgeous, and talented," she adds of Hough, "but I don't know if it's ethical that she is judging while her brother is competing."

Julianne Hough is returning to Dancing With the Stars this fall after appearing as a dancer and winning two titles in the show's earlier ABC seasons.

She joins Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba, and Bruno Tonioli.

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Two-time DWTS champion, actress, musician, choreographer and bona fide beauty Julianne Hough will judge Dancing With the Stars this season, ABC confirms.

Julianne Hough as Dancing With the Stars Judge

Confirming previous reports of her return, Hough has officially signed on to judge alongside resident staples Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli.

Julianne Hough said, “I’m so excited to be back with my Dancing with the Stars family again on a regular basis. 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," Julianne went on.

"[Brother] Derek and I just finished our Move Live on Tour, which reminded me how much I miss the interaction with the fans that have been so supportive of me."

"I am warming up the paddles and the sass, and I’m ready to have fun."

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Julianne Hough is returning to Dancing With the Stars, this time as a judge on the long-running reality series on which she used to bust a move as a pro.

The 26-year-old former professional dancer is close to signing a deal that will make her the fourth judge on the show on its 19th season on ABC this fall.

Julianne Hough Naked
Julianne Hough isn't wearing a shred of clothing in this picture. We wish she'd move the flag, however.

Hough left the dance competition in 2009 to pursue an acting career, starring in projects such as Burlesque, Footloose, Rock of Ages and Safe Haven.

She returned in April as a guest judge for one episode, drawing fire from Maksim Chmerkovskiy (who hasn't) for his performance with Danica McKellar.

Interestingly, Chmerkovskiy, was reportedly under consideration for the judging position as well. Maks retired from Dancing With the Stars this summer.

Maks won his first and only title with Meryl Davis in Season 18, going out on top. Julianne won the Mirror Ball trophy twice in six seasons as a DWTS pro.

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Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Dancing with the Stars feuds have gone hand in hand over the years, but in this case, most fans are likely to be on his side.

The combustible pro is none too pleased at Julianne Hough, who guest judged the ABC hit series this week and hinted that he phoned in his performance.

"You can accuse me of a lot of things," said Maksim.

"You can't accuse me of not working hard enough."

Maks' comments came in response to Hough's accusation that he didn't give it all on Monday's "switch up" episode, when he partnered with Danica McKellar.

Suffice it to say, Chmerkovskiy didn't take kindly to that.

Following the blowup, some social media users suggested that Hough may have been taking sides because her brother Derek is still in competition.

"She said it and now she has to own up to it," said Maks.

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Christina Milian and Mark Ballas' elimination on last night's Dancing With the Stars results show was one of the most shocking in the show's 17 seasons.

They had had excellent reasons to believe they were safe, having just received the first 10 of the season for their cha-cha and an overall score of 28.

That was good enough for a tie for first - not last, but first - but fan votes were so far out of line with the scores that the two were ousted at night's end.

Ballas didn’t do the press line after getting booted from the ballroom, but Milian spoke to the media after the live broadcast about her surprise expulsion:

“I was shocked, for sure. I’m not saying it should have been anybody else, but to be honest, after having a great performance you feel a bit more confident.”

Maybe last week's brouhaha between Julianne Hough and Mark Ballas, in which she said he outshines his partners, played a role in the results?

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Childhood friends Mark Ballas and Julianne Hough may be in a little bit of a tiff after last night's Dancing With the Stars, in which she guest judged.

After performing as a dance pro for five seasons, Julianne filled in for Len Goodman Monday, and weighed in on Ballas' foxtrot with Christina Milian.

"There were moments where I felt like choreography-wise, I felt like it was two people dancing side-by-side rather than together," she said on the show.

"So I really want to see [Milian] shine. I've danced with Mark."

"You have to stand in front to make sure you're seen."

Afterward, Ballas didn't sound too thrilled with that.

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It was a very special week on Dancing with the Stars, and not just because the long-running show bid an inspirational farewell to contestant Valerie Harper.

Two-time Mirror Ball winner Julianne Hough returned to the ballroom!

Len Goodman wasn't available to judge Monday night, so none other than Julianne traded in her dancing shoes for judging paddles, if only for a week.

She also took part in the dancing, briefly, in the show intro. Watch:

The opening group number ended with an introduction of the judges, with a special solo for Julianne Hough, who also plugged her new film Paradise.

Julianne was kind, but not unreasonably so for a judge. She focused more on the stars, so there'd be no conflict of interest with judging her brother Derek.

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Julianne Hough will be back on Dancing With the Stars, the show that made her a star in her own right, if only for a guest stint on the judges' panel.

Julianne Hough at the Emmys

The 25-year-old will guest judge at least one Dancing With the Stars episode this season while head judge Len Goodman is away on other business.

Len will be judging the British series Strictly Come Dancing, so the former DWTS pro and Footloose actress will fill in while he's absent on ABC.

“She’s just as, if not more knowledgeable than what’s going on over there,” said Mark Ballas, Hough’s former partner, gesturing over at the judges’ table.

“She’ll be honest, whether you’re family, a friend, or whatever to her."

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Last night's Dancing With the Stars results show saw the end of Chynna Phillips' journey on the ABC program. She could not, pardon the pun, hold on for one more day.

On a more uplifting note, former DWTS pro Julianne Hough returned to the show that launched her career, performing two numbers to promote her new film Footloose.

Julianne danced to “Holding Out for a Hero” with co-star Kenny Wormald, then jived with her brother, current DWTS pro Derek Hough on “Shake Your Tail Feather.”

There's certainly been a void since Julianne left the show, and we're not talking about her gorgeousness (not entirely anyway). Girl can move it! Watch her below:

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Julianne Hough Biography

The Right Hough Julianne Hough is the young, gorgeous and still chaste professional on Dancing with the Stars. She is the sister of Derek Hough, and is... More »
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Provo, Utah
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Julianne Hough

Julianne Hough Quotes

I have a whole new life. It's going to completely change and I couldn't be happier. I'm on this roller coaster and I'm having so much fun.

Julianne Hough

Julianne Hough: I'm the first to admit it: I like being sexy! I always wear the shorter shorts and my dad's like, 'Cover up!'

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