According to TMZ, Dancing with the Stars producers have made an offer to former pro, Julianne Hough, to become a 4th judge.
Both sides are currently in negotiations and are expected to make a deal.
The other three judges–Bruno Tonioli, Carrie Ann Inaba and Len Goodman–are set to return.
Julianne last danced as a pro in spring 2009, when she partnered with her then-boyfriend, country singer, Chuck Wicks. She made several appearances afterward, to dance with her brother, Derek Hough, and in performances to promote her movies, Footloose and Rock of Ages.
In 2013, Julianne filled in for Len Goodman on the panel, the first time a former pro sat in as judge.
Maksim Chmerkovskiy fans may be disappointed by the news. After the bad boy dancer finally won the mirror ball trophy, alongside Olympic ice dancer, Meryl Davis earlier this year, he announced he’d be leaving the show. However, he DID express interest in returning as a judge. Maks sat on the panel as a guest judge during the fall 2013 season.
As Julianne’s commitment to the show will only entail a few hours a week, she’ll continue to persue acting opportunities.
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