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Julianne Hough performsShe said it after the last season, too, and changed her mind, but Julianne Hough claims she'll be "taking next season off" in an interview with E!

The two-time DWTS champion -- with Apolo Anton Ohno in Season 4 and Helio Castroneves in Season 5 -- is stepping away to concentrate on her budding country-music career. Her self-titled album debuted at #1 on the Billboard country music chart last year, and she was recently named top new artist at the American Country Music awards show.

She told E!: "I want to make the best record I can and show everyone I’m committed and that’s where my heart is. It’s hard to do both and there’s a step you have to take," and told FOX News she wanted to "bring out the 'real' Julianne Hough."

Even though she's the most popular female DWTS pro according to a DWTS.org poll, it sounds like Julianne may be done with DWTS for good, at least as long as her music career stays hot. Maybe a combined tour with her boyfriend and DWTS Season 8 partner Chuck Wicks?

Of her decision to come back for one more season, Julianne told FOX News, "I wasn't planning to come back this season because I wanted to focus on my music. But I went back and it's been so much fun to dance with my good friend who happens to be my boyfriend." Isn't that nice?

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jakefwp Julianne leaving 1 May 3 2009, 12:43 PM EDT by offwithherhead
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This is a real bummer for the show. Julianne was super popular (though not popular enough to save her and Chuck even though Melissa didn't dance that week...).
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