Julianne Hough talks leaving 'DWTS', reveals who she's rooting for this season! (Exclusive)

Julianne Hough isn't serving as a judge on this season of Dancing With the Stars, but she says she still loves watching the competition.

"I do miss the show. But what's really fun is, I'm a fan, just like everybody who watches," Hough told ET's Lauren Zima during a sit-down interview on Tuesday. "I watch the show now that I'm home and, you know, I have favorites and everything. Which is great because I could never really have favorites. I had to really kind of separate that [as a judge]."

Hough served as one of the DWTS pro dancers from season four through season eight, where she won the Mirrorball trophy in her first two consecutive seasons. 

She later joined Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli on the judges panel in season 19. Hough had been the fourth judge for every season -- except for season 22 -- until now.

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WATCH: Inside Julianne Hough's 'Surprising' Decision Not to Return to 'DWTS'

So, with all pretense of impartiality out of the way, Hough had no problem opening up about which DWTS couple she's rooting for this season.

"I love Derek [Fisher]. I think he is phenomenal.  I love Lindsey Stirling. She's just a bubble and bright light of fresh air… I think that Sasha [Pieterse] is great. She's got such a fun personality, and she can really move," she said.

One contestant Hough has a particular affinity for is Jordan Fisher, her co-star in Fox's production of Grease Live! last year.

"He's phenomenal! He's so great," Hough praised, adding, "It's a really strong cast. It's really fun to watch."

WATCH: Derek Hough Explains Sister Julianne's Decision to Leave 'DWTS'

Stars you forgot were on "DWTS":

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Celebrities you forgot competed on 'Dancing With the Stars'
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Kim Kardashian (Season 7): 11th place

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Tucker Carlson (Season 3): Last place

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Billy Ray Cyrus (Season 4): 5th place

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Paula Deen (Season 21): 9th place

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Pamela Anderson (Season 10): 6th place

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David Hasselhoff (Season 11): Last place

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Jerry Springer (Season 3): 5th place

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Martina Navratilova (Season 14): Last place

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Joey McIntyre (Season 1): 3rd place

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Nancy Grace (Season 13): 5th place

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Shannen Doherty (Season 10): Last place

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Kate Gosselin (Season 10): 8th place

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Denise Richards (Season 8): 12th place

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Penn Jillette (Season 6): Last place

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Heather Mills (Season 4): 7th place

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Wayne Newton (Season 5): 10th place

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Priscilla Presley (Season 6): 8th place

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Debi Mazar (Season 9): 12th place

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Bill Nye (Season 17): 11th place

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Geraldo Rivera (Season 22): Last place

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Steve Wozniak (Season 8): 10th place

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While Hough has stepped away from her role on the show, she says she feels like she'll always "be a part of it in some way, shape or from."

"Obviously, right now, I wanted to take some time and focus on my acting and kind of get back on that path," she explained. "I'm really excited, you know? This is a different chapter. I'm 29 and I feel like I'm sort of coming into my own."

NEWS: Julianne Hough Says 'Real Life' With Brooks Laich Is 'Even Better Than the Honeymoon Phase'

Hough tied the knot with NHL star Brooks Laich in July and she's currently working on an upcoming film project, which she says has brought about a "maturity" and "peace" that have given her "a direction that I want to go towards."

"I know that if I keep doing [the same thing] I'm doing that I'm gonna wakeup in a couple years and be like, 'Oh man, I wish I would've done [something else] when I really wanted to do it,'" Hough shared. "It was really hard, but I wanted to make that choice."

Currently, Hough is working with Fitbit while training for her role as groundbreaking fitness pioneer Betty Weider in the upcoming movie Bigger. The film is expected to hit theaters next year.

See this season's "DWTS" contestants:

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'Dancing With the Stars' season 25 cast
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Sasha Pieterse

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Terrell Owens

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Barbara Corcoran

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Vanessa Lachey and Nick Lachey

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Debbie Gibson

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Drew Scott

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Frankie Muniz

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Jordan Fisher

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Nikki Bella

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Derek Fisher

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Lindsey Sterling

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Victoria Arlen

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WATCH: Derek Hough Dishes On How Sister Julianne Is Getting 'Ripped' for New Film

Last week, Dancing With the Stars pro Sharna Burgess sat down with ET where she opened up about how much Hough's absence has made this season feel different.

"I miss Jules' energy up there, her knowledge on ballroom dance and the way she would critique, the information she would give," Sharna shared. "I think she was such a wonderful part of our panel, and she is seriously missed by all of us."

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