The 26-year-old made the decision to return after touring with brother Derek Hough. "I felt like I really reconnected with fans, and the people have supported me since day one. They have followed my from 'Dancing with the Stars' to my other aspirations. It just feels like the perfect time to reconnect and be a part of where it all began, with my family."
She also assured that judging Derek and her former “DWTS” co-stars won't be a problem. "Derek has been known to be very good with his partnerships," Hough says, laughing. "But it's not about my brother, nor is it about Cheryl or Mark. It's about the partnership and the celebrity who is dancing."
“Dancing with the Stars” returns Monday, Sept. 15, at 8 PM.