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updated 5/5/2010 11:16:03 PM ET 2010-05-06T03:16:03

Julianne Hough is returning to “Dancing with the Stars,” Access Hollywood has learned.

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The ballroom babe-turned-country cutie will return to the ABC reality competition for season 11, a source close to the show told Access Hollywood.

The blonde dancer has been absent from the show for two seasons, having left the show to launch her country music career and start acting.

During her time on the show, she won two mirrorball trophies — one during season four with Olympian Apolo Anton Ohno, and the following season with Indy 500 champ Helio Castroneves.

She last danced on the show during season eight with then-boyfriend country-music singer Chuck Wicks. The two split up not long after they were voted off the show.

Hough’s return to “Dancing,” which is expected this fall, will kick off a busy season for the star. She is expected to launch her second album toward the end of the year. Additionally, her first major movie, “Burlesque,” starring Christina Aguilera and Oscar winner Cher, is coming out in November.

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