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13 February 2009 @ 03:51 pm
Voting has now begun for Top New Female Vocalist at the Academy of Country Music Awards. To vote for Julianne, please visit GAC's website and register. You're only allowed one vote per computer/ip address.

Behind the cut are a few articles about Julianne dancing on this season's Dancing with the Stars with her boyfriend Chuck Wicks.

Julianne Hough to Dish Tough Dancing Love to Chuck Wicks
People - February 12, 2009

Things are about to get serious between Julianne Hough and her beau, country star Chuck Wicks.
The real-life couple will be making a play for the mirror-ball trophy as partners on this season’s Dancing with the Stars–and the two-time DWTS champ isn’t about to go easy on her sweetie when they hit the dancefloor.
“I might kick him in the butt a little harder than with my other partners!” Hough, 20, tells PEOPLE. “I’m definitely a ‘crack the whip’ type of person.”
It’s a lesson Wicks, 29, has learned quickly. “He was like, ‘Wow, you’re really tough!’” she laughs. “But he says, ‘I don’t want you to treat me any differently than any of your other partners.’”
Though Hough admits she was initially apprehensive about dancing with her boyfriend, the potential ballroom benefits of quickstepping with Wicks ultimately won her over.
“We never get to spend much time together,” says Hough, whose foray into country music just earned her an Academy of Country Music Award nomination for best new female artist. “On the show, we’ll be together 24 hours a day. We’re a really good team off stage, so I think it will be fun.”
And Hough already likes what she sees. “To be honest, he’s actually really good,” she says of their first practice. “He’s never really danced before – well, he told me he does a mean electric slide, but I never saw it!”
Hough admits “there are going to be people who love us and people who hate us,” but says she’s looking forward to the season – all the more so because another real-life couple, Jewel and her husband rodeo star Ty Murray, are also contestants.
“We went on tour with Jewel last year and we’re all friends,” she says of the foursome. “We’ll definitely be rooting for each other.” –Eileen Finan

Chuck Wicks 'Dancing' with his sweetie

Chuck Wicks knows what it takes to be a potato farmer, a baseball player and a country singer. But dancing is something the Delaware native admits he has never done — until now. Chuck will join his girlfriend, fellow country singer and professional dancer Julianne Hough, on season eight of Dancing with the Stars, which kicks off at 7 p.m. March 9 on ABC.

"I've had one practice already, and today underneath my arms are so sore," Chuck said. "I've never taken a dance lesson in my life. This will be the first time officially. You would think, being with Julianne, I would have asked her at some point in time, but I missed that call and now I'm paying for it. I've got to start from scratch."

The country singer hopes his natural chemistry with Julianne will help, but he says he knows he will have to apply himself to have a chance of winning Dancing with the Stars.

Finally, Julianne will be performing the National Anthem at this weekend's Nascar Daytona 500 race, where Keith Urban will also be singing!
Amy: JULIANNE&CHUCKnystateofmind on February 14th, 2009 01:10 am (UTC)
So Julianne is Chuck's dancing partner?!?! Omg, I'm so excited now!
amh.pickler on February 14th, 2009 01:14 am (UTC)
Yes, ma'am! She was originally supposed to take this season off but agreed to do it to be Chuck's partner (since she said they don't get to spend a lot of time together) and said she'd take next season off instead!
Amy: JULIANNE&CHUCKnystateofmind on February 14th, 2009 03:05 am (UTC)
Awesome! I'm so exited.

Edited at 2009-02-14 03:06 am (UTC)