Dancing Pros: Julianne Hough Quickstepped Off DWTS Too Hastily

Alec Manzo and Edyta Sliwinska think Julianne Hough's departure is premature

By Breanne L. Heldman Nov 24, 2008 10:11 PMTags

Watch out, Bruno and Carrie Ann. Dancing With the Stars pros Alec Mazo and Edyta Sliwinska have been judging Julianne Hough's departure...and they feel her timing is off.

"I think she needs to be a little bit more careful about how she represents herself," Mazo told E! News at the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at the Grove Sunday. "That's her fan base. The last thing you want to say is 'I'm not coming back.' It's an ultimatum."

Hough told E!’s Ryan Seacrest Thursday she is leaving the show "to focus on the music and, you know, kind of be taken seriously."

But Sliwinska said she thinks Hough shouldn't forget her roots. “I think that the show brought her up, the show is where she started. If I was her, I would be doing both—dancing and singing.”

Unbeknownst to fans, Hough apparently gave her farewell performance as a competitor when she and partner Cody Linley were eliminated from the show last week. The hot hoofer's eponymous first album debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country chart in May.

—Reporting by Elizabeth Chambers