It didn't take long for Julianne Hough to absolutely stun, shock, and wow viewers as Sandy in Grease: Live! on Sunday night. In fact, I think it took like all of three seconds from her first on-stage appearance. The production not only highlighted bright costumes and sensational dance moves, but it highlighted Hough's ability to sing her heart out as well as her ability to knock viewers' socks off with her acting chops. Many viewers were left wondering whether or not Julianne Hough has released music before, because there's no way the Dancing With The Stars alum's talents end after a few choreographed moves.
While Grease: Live! was different from the movie in a few subtle yet not unnoticeable ways, Hough did perform the iconic song "Hopelessly Devoted To You" to a stream of eager viewers who were then entirely blown away. Hough killed it. Not only did she have the pipes to make Olivia Newton-John proud, many thought she surpassed Newton-John's singing ability. The notes were clear, strong, and melodic. Her pipes surprised just about everyone who thought that Hough was simply a dancer.
It turns out that Hough released a country song titled, "Is That So Wrong" followed by a music video for the track that was later banned by CMT for its "mature content." The song was part of her self-titled album, released on May 20, 2008, and available on Amazon.
Did the album blow the lid off the Billboard Top 100? No. But will her Grease: Live! performance solidify her place in the cultural zeitgeist as a stand-out singer? No question.
Just look at the reaction Twitter had after hearing Hough go off:
And because we need this — no, we deserve this — here's Hough's "Is That So Wrong?" single: