In June 2012, Hough told AOL's The Boot that her second album was "completely done" and that she was initially "really, really looking forward to the record." However, she also stated that, due to the underperforming lead single and having "a lot of momentum" in her film career, there are no plans to release Wildfire.
She does intend to resume focusing on her music career at some point, though: "I feel like when I have the time to focus on it, and when I feel like it is the right time, [I'll return to] my music," she said.
Hough performed her second single "My Hallelujah Song" on Dancing With the Stars on November 18, 2008, with her brother, Derek Hough, Mark Ballas and Lacey Schwimmer dancing.
Hough, Le Ann Rimes, Jessica Simpson and Kellie Pickler announced the 2009 Academy of Country Music Award nominees in February 2009.
On November 20, 2008, Hough told Ryan Seacrest on his radio show she would not be returning to Dancing with the Stars, for the foreseeable future, in order to further her music career.
On October 11, 2011, Hough returned to Dancing with the Stars and danced with her Footloose co-star Kenny Wormald twice, as well as her brother.
She felt abdominal pains during their jitterbug performance on October 27, 2008 and was immediately rushed to a hospital following the encore performance.
She subsequently had surgery to have her appendix removed, causing her to miss several performances; Edyta Śliwińska stood in for her.
On March 18, 2014, Hough and her brother Derek announced a summer tour of over 40 cities across the U. and Canada, called "Move Live on Tour", which would include dancing and singing from both of them, and the appearance of a group of dancers employed by the Houghs who earned their jobs through auditions.She returned again on May 15, 2012 in a dance performance to promote her film Rock of Ages.On October 7, 2013, she was guest judge in place of Len Goodman, which was the first time a former pro dancer came back to judge.In 2016, she played Sandy in the live Fox television production of Grease. Hough was one of the Million Dollar Dancers in the 2006 ABC game show called Show Me the Money. On November 27, 2007, Hough and her partner, three-time Indianapolis 500 champion Hélio Castroneves, became the winners of season five.She left London that year, after having been "abused, mentally, physically, everything," she said, a situation that escalated "when I started hitting puberty, when I started becoming a woman and stopped being a little girl. I was told if I ever went back to the United States, three things were going to happen. Hough returned for season six with radio host/comedian Adam Carolla, but they were eliminated in week four.Hough's first country music single, "Will You Dance With Me", was released to i Tunes and Wal-Mart in May 2007 to raise money for the American Red Cross. Her self-titled debut album was recorded in Nashville and produced by David Malloy, who has worked with Reba Mc Entire, Eddie Rabbitt, among others.Hough's album, which met with mixed reviews, and released an EP of Christmas music called Sounds of the Season: The Julianne Hough Holiday Collection.In 2012, she filmed her starring role opposite Josh Duhamel in the romantic drama Safe Haven, based on the novel of the same name by Nicholas Sparks, which was released on February 14, 2013.Hough also starred in the comedy-drama Paradise as Lamb Mannerhelm, which was released on October 18, 2013.Hough returned to the show, although the pair was ultimately eliminated in the Semifinals Competition.She appeared on the November 12 results show dancing the jive to "Great Balls of Fire" with her brother for the "Design-A-Dance" contest.