Here is where I attempt to blog about Julianne Hough for 100 days straight. This was inspired by Allie Jones’ 500 blogs on Kristin Cavallari, a much funnier read.
This is shocking and not at all shocking at the same damn time. In a 2018 interview with a beefy man who really thinks Julianne and hubby Brooks are like gods (???), Julianne humbly tells a story about inspiring a man to come out as gay.
She says the man told her that her song “My Hallelujah Song” inspired him to come out to his family and friends. He also listened to that song every morning on the treadmill and eventually lost 60 pounds, revealing the man he was meant to be.
Julianne cries when she tells this story because according to her, her music was her “biggest failure.”
“I need everybody to know this,” she says. “My music has felt like my biggest failure.”
She says she compared herself and didn’t get what she thought she should have (a gold record, lol?), so instead of continuing to make more (country) music, she went back to what she knew was safe (competing on Dancing With The Stars with her boyfriend).
Why this is not shocking: Because Julianne Hough isn’t exactly a country music icon and unless you’re me, you probably don’t know any of her music.
Why this is shocking: Julianne actually didn’t have a bad music career (in my opinion). I’m not sure what she ranked on the charts and I’m too lazy to look it up, but in like 2008, she toured with Brad Paisley (where she met her then-boyfriend Chuck Wicks) and then in 2009, she won Top New Artist at the ACMs. After that, she basically left country music and went on the eighth season of Dancing With The Stars, where her goofy, uncoordinated boyfriend, Chuck Wicks, served as her “star” partner. Their chemistry and dancing was so hot, fans probably couldn’t take it because they didn’t even make it to the finals.
Then in 2010, Julianne tried country music again and released the song “Is That So Wrong.” CMT pulled the music video and Julianne claimed it was because it was “too racy,” but CMT says it was because of contract negotiations. (In the video, she does a pirouette while taking off her shirt. The music video is extremely hard to find, but I did find it, you’re welcome). The next time Julianne sang a song of her own was on America’s Got Talent stage, where she sang her song “Transform.”
If you don’t know, country music kind of peaked in 2009, especially with white blondes. Taylor Swift was really hot that year; it was right after her Grammy-winning Fearless was released. Miranda Lambert was also new on the scene. Carrie Underwood was doing things. And even Broadway star Laura Bell Bundy was singing and dancing and being blonde.
(Oh my god, I forgot about Kellie Pickler!!!!)
(Oh my god, and Jessica Simpson, too!!!!)
So yes, maybe Julianne compared herself too much to the other blondes in the country music circuit, but I can’t get over winning Top New Artist and still not thinking your music career is good enough!!!!!