October 08, 2013 06:00 PM by Suzy Kerr
Season 17 of Dancing With the Stars is proving to be just as entertaining as the previous ones, both on and off the dance floor. The Hough siblings, who have been around since the show’s early seasons, are generating plenty of publicity, even though only one of them is part of the cast right now.
Let’s start with Julianne Hough, who made a special guest appearance on this week’s episode of DWTS. Julianne was filling in for Len Goodman at the judges’ table, and you could tell the blonde bombshell enjoyed being back at her old stomping grounds.This time, though, she was the one delivering the verdicts, and while the veteran dancer was kind in her critiques, she didn’t sugarcoat anything.Of her judging style, brother Derek Hough had this say: “She said she kind of wanted there to be something she could say [to critique the performance] so that she wouldn’t seem biased.But I know that if she wanted to she would have taken much pleasure in doing that.” Hmmm….sounds like Derek may know another side sweet little Julianne.
Derek Hough is also making headlines, and not just for his smooth moves on the dance floor. The 28-year old dancer has been linked with Vampire Diaries star Nina Dobrev, who split from longtime beau and co-star Ian Somerhalder earlier this year.The new couple was spotted on a group date Saturday night that included Julianne Hough, Selena Gomez, Emile Hirsch and others. Derek and Nina were relaxed and happy as they ducked into the Roosevelt Hotel later that evening, and the two haven’t been shy about their feelings for each other. After the Emmys in September, Nina tweeted, “@Derekhough !!!!!!!! #EMMYWINNER I cant express in 140 characters how unbelievably excited+incredibly proud I am of you. You deserve this.” The television star and best friend of Julianne reportedly fell for Derek while hanging out with his sister, and the feeling is mutual. A source close to the dancer says, “Derek is smitten with Nina. He said he hasn’t felt this way for a girl in a long time . . . Everyone approves!”
Awwwww. It’s just happiness all around for these crazy Hough kids!
So what do you think? Did Julianne’s judging chops make the cut on Dancing With the Stars? Will Nina be in the ballroom to cheer on Derek anytime soon? Give us your thoughts in the comments!
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