Julianne Hough Not Returning to Dancing With the Stars Next Season

Julianne Hough will not return to Dancing With the Stars when the next season begins in May, she said Thursday (Nov. 20) in an interview with Ryan Seacrest on his syndicated radio show. “I really, really want to focus on the music and, you know, kind of be taken seriously a little bit,” she said. Hough, who has a record deal with Mercury Nashville, won the top prize on the show in seasons four (with Apolo Anton Ohno) and five (Helio Castroneves), but was eliminated early in season six (with Adam Carolla). She and partner Cody Linley were dismissed on Tuesday night (Nov. 18) from season seven. However, Hough said she may return to the series in the fall of 2009.