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Julianne Hough Joins "Dancing with the Stars" Judges' Panel 

ABC/Adam Taylor(LOS ANGELES) -- Two-time Dancing with the Stars champ and former pro Julianne Hough is trading in her dancing shoes to join the show's judges' panel. On Thursday's Good Morning America, Hough explained why she's returning to the ABC dancing competition, which will also see her brother Derek competing this season.

"Well, Dancing with the Stars has always been apart of my family. I mean, that's where it all began for me so it just kind of made sense," she explained. "And when I think about what Derek and I just did on tour, with Move Live on Tour, reconnecting with the fans and just the people that have supported me from day one from Dancing with the Stars, it just felt like the right time and the right kind of opportunity."

Hough won't be replacing anyone. Instead, she'll be joining returning judges Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli.

Hough said "the camaraderie between the judges" is what she's most looking forward to next seasonBut will it be tough judging her brother Derek and his celebrity partner on the dance floor?

"It's not necessarily about Derek and the pro dancer. It's about a collaboration," she said, after admitting she can be hard on her brother. "It's the team effort. It's what they're doing as a partnership and really the celebrity and what they can do to improve each week."

ABC's Dancing with the Stars returns Sept. 15 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.


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