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Julianne Hough rooting for Kristi Yamaguchi to win 'Dancing's title


By Christopher Rocchio, 05/19/2008 

Julianne Hough knows a thing or two about how to win the mirror ball trophy, and she thinks Kristi Yamaguchi has put together a recipe for success when it comes to Dancing with the Stars' sixth-season title.

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"I'm really rooting for Kristi Yamaguchi," Hough told Entertainment Tonight in an interview released Monday.  "I think she's phenomenal and that she deserves to win.  She just has the most consistency throughout the whole show."

Yamaguchi and her professional partner Mark Ballas are one of Dancing with the Stars' final three sixth-season couples going into tonight's final performance episode -- in which she'll be the only remaining female celebrity participant competing against NFL star Jason Taylor and his partner Edyta Sliwinska and telenovela star Cristian de la Fuente and his partner Cheryl Burke.

"Since no Houghs are on the season anymore, I think we'll put it on Kristi and Mark," Hough told Entertainment Tonight, as she was ousted from the competition with partner Adam Carolla during the fourth week, while her brother Derek and his partner Shannon Elizabeth were booted in Week 7.

Hough had won Dancing with the Stars' previous two installments -- capturing the fourth-season title with Apolo Anton Ohno and the fifth-season crown with Helio Castroneves.  Now that she's no longer dancing on the show, she said she's enjoyed it as a spectator.

"I try to watch as much as I can.  Being an outsider now -- watching as a fan -- it's kind of cool," she told Entertainment Tonight.  "You get to get angry at [judges Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli].  It's kind of fun because you're not there anymore and you can get mad."

Hough has also been busy promoting her self-titled debut album, which will be released tomorrow.

"I'm so excited.  I can't wait for everybody to hear it," she told Entertainment Tonight.  "Everybody knows me as a dancer and doesn't really know that I've gone through so many experiences in my life, even though I'm 19.  So with those experiences come great songs -- and passion and emotion through the songs.  It's going to be a whole new side that people get to see of me." 

While it's only been a few weeks since she stopped dancing, Hough has apparently already become smitten with her latest endeavor.

"Singing is my No. 1 passion," she told Entertainment Tonight.  "I couldn't be happier that I'm here doing it."

(Photo credit ABC)


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