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Julianne Hough handicaps 'Dancing With the Stars' finale, promotes Verizon's 'Thanksgetting'

By RODNEY HO/ rho@ajc.com, originally filed Tuesday, November 24, 2015

You have to give Verizon credit for making things easy for us journalists. They offered a five-minute interview with Julianne Hough to promote their "Thanksgetting" promotion, an extra 1 GB for the Thanksgiving season.

They called in and had speak to her by phone. She was in a Los Angeles studio. When it was over, my audio would be fed in and matched to her video. They sent me the MP4 file a few minutes after it was over.

Hough, a judge on "Dancing With the Stars," handicapped the three finalists for tonight: Bindi Irwin (my pick to win), Nick Carter and Alek Skarlatos, who helped stopped a gunman on a train bound for Paris in August. Naturally, she didn't play favorites. We also touched upon the unfortunate departures of Atlanta's Kim Zolciak and R&B star Tamar Braxton for medical reasons. Zolciak is expected to perform tonight but Braxton is up in the air.

She has also shot two films in Atlanta: "Footloose" in 2010 and earlier this year, "Bad Grandpa," also starring Zac Efron and Robert DeNiro, which is set to come out in 2016. And she and her brother Derek Hough have come to Atlanta for two dancing shows, including at Chastain in June, which was a sweatfest, apparently since it was an outdoor venue in the summer.

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