Hough released a single, "Is That So Wrong", to country radio on June 21, 2010.
It was intended as the lead single for her second album, Wildfire, but the album was never released.
She was nominated for a Creative Arts Primetime Emmy in 2007 for Outstanding Choreography in season five of the show.
Her first leading acting role was in the 2011 film remake of Footloose.
On November 20, 2008, Hough told Ryan Seacrest on his radio show she would not be returning to Dancing with the Stars, for the foreseeable future, in order to further her music career.
On October 7, 2013, she was guest judge in place of Len Goodman, which was the first time a former pro dancer came back to judge.
In June 2012, Hough told AOL's The Boot that her second album was "completely done" and that she was initially "really, really looking forward to the record." However, she also stated that, due to the underperforming lead single and having "a lot of momentum" in her film career, there are no plans to release Wildfire.
She does intend to resume focusing on her music career at some point, though: "I feel like when I have the time to focus on it, and when I feel like it is the right time, [I'll return to] my music," she said.
In September 2014, she returned as the show's permanent fourth judge.
On March 18, 2014, Hough and her brother Derek announced a summer tour of over 40 cities across the U. and Canada, called "Move Live on Tour", which would include dancing and singing from both of them, and the appearance of a group of dancers employed by the Houghs who earned their jobs through auditions.