Hough appeared in the 2010 musical Burlesque, starring Cher and Christina Aguilera.
In the film, which chronicles a small-town girl (Aguilera) who finds success at a Los Angeles burlesque club, Hough plays a dancer named Georgia. Hough played the role of Sherrie Christian in the 2012 film adaptation of the Broadway musical Rock of Ages, alongside Tom Cruise, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Malin Akerman.
Hough's first country music single, "Will You Dance With Me", was released to i Tunes and Wal-Mart in May 2007 to raise money for the American Red Cross. Her self-titled debut album was recorded in Nashville and produced by David Malloy, who has worked with Reba Mc Entire, Eddie Rabbitt, among others.
The event started off in Sherman Oaks with a workout session at Pulse Fitness Studios led by celebrity personal trainer and owner, Mark Harari.The participants then took part in a two-mile run along Ventura Blvd, before finishing off with a dance-fitness class at Just Dance Los Angeles. She later signed with Universal Music Group Nashville's Mercury Nashville division.Hough returned to the show, although the pair was ultimately eliminated in the Semifinals Competition.She appeared on the November 12 results show dancing the jive to "Great Balls of Fire" with her brother for the "Design-A-Dance" contest.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 11, 2011, Hough returned to Dancing with the Stars and danced with her Footloose co-star Kenny Wormald twice, as well as her brother.She felt abdominal pains during their jitterbug performance on October 27, 2008 and was immediately rushed to a hospital following the encore performance.