Julianne Hough may be making comments that come across as harsh while serving as a guest judge on "Dancing With The Stars," but the former dance pro says it's all in good fun.
Hough made her most recent guest-judging appearance on the April 7 episode of season 18, during week 4 of the competition. She criticized professional dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy's performance with "switch-up" partner Danica McKellar, saying that he was merely going through the motions and that she wanted the switch to be over so he could return to real partner Meryl Davis.
Though her comments came across as tough, Hough assured "On The Red Carpet" Senior Entertainment Correspondent George Pennacchio after the show that she was simply doing what she was there to do: being honest. Watch video of the interview above.
"You know, nothing is meant out of malice, like honestly, it's about being honest and true and I love Maks," Hough said. "Every single one of these dancers are like my family. It's never to dig or anything, you know. And it also is TV, it's fun, it's not supposed to be cruel. It's lighthearted."
Hough also talked about possibly making a mistake about her critiques of contestant Amy Purdy and her switch-up pro Mark Ballas. She gave the Paralympic athlete an 8 for her sexy salsa routine, but felt that she was so incredible that she might have deserved more.
"I was like, 'I think I might have made a mistake,'" Hough said. "I went with what I felt and I felt like it was an 8, but it doesn't deny the fact that she is incredible."
For Hough's second go around as a guest judge, she revealed that the second time was much easier than before and expressed how amazed she is over the talent of the contestant this season.
"Honestly, it is so much fun. Last season I was a little nervous and I had butterflies, but this season I kind of felt more comfortable. It was really a joy and this season is very different too, everybody is really unique and special very early on. Usually it's like a couple more weeks until it's kind of like the pack, but it's really early on. Everybody's very special."
Reporting by George Pennacchio of KABC Television, which produces the nationally syndicated entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).