(USA TODAY) -- "I'm excited," said cutie pie Julianne Hough as she was officially announced as the fourth judge on the Dancing With the Stars panel for the upcoming season. She'll be paddling right alongside Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli.
She said she liked guest judging last season, so it "just kind of made sense."
And how about judging her own brother, Derek?
"It's not necessarily about Derek and the pro dancers, but … really the celebrity and what they can do to improve each week. Yes, I'm known to be a little honest and a little direct, but I think that's my role as a judge."
She has been known to be harsh in the past.
"I want to see people improve. It's never malicious. It's because I've been on the other side."
The celeb cast announcement will be made Sept. 4. The season starts Sept. 15 on ABC.