Dancing With The Stars Partners Who Hooked Up Offstage

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The lights are bright. The music is blasting. And two souls, drawn together through love of the rhythm and love of the camera, are dipping and spinning on live TV. We’re talking about Dancing With the Stars, the reality TV phenomenon that gives C-List celebrities another chance at viability, and is beginning its 24th season on Monday, March 20 at 8pm. E.S.T.
Though we only glimpse the dynamics between partners in four-minute flashy routines, the celebs and their instructors spend quite a hefty time rehearsing together. And, as we know from Dirty Dancing, when two people dance in skin-tight costumes for long enough, chemistry is bound to brew.
Given this surefire formula for passion, it should come as no surprise that so many Dancing With the Stars couples became couples off-camera. Though after the lights dimmed and the leotards were hung, did the love stay? To answer that question, here are the couples who formed from Dancing With The Stars, and their fates.
Dancing With The Stars airs on Monday, March 20 at 8 pm E.S.T. on ABC.
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Julianne Hough & Chuck Wicks

Julianne Hough famously dated Ryan Seacrest for three years. But when she first met the former American Idol host, Hough was actually linked to her Dancing With The Stars partner, country singer Chuck Wicks.

In an interview she gave to Glamour Magazine, Hough said that, “While we were dating, we went on Ryan's radio show together. The interview's on YouTube, and I blush when I hear it because Ryan is hitting on me the entire time!”
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Karina Smirnoff & Mario Lopez

Sparks flew when Karina Smirnoff and the ever-dimpled Mario Lopez danced together in 2006, and with Smirnoff moving in after six months of dating, their off-screen relationship was just as hot and heavy as their routines were. But after just two years together, Lopez confirmed the infidelity rumors, and the couple split in 2008 .
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Karina Smirnoff & Maksim Chmerkovskiy

After enough seasons performing alongside one another, even professional dancers can build up a spark. That famously happened with Karina Smirnoff & Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who got engaged after four months of dating in 2008. However, the couple split in 2009, after nine months of engagement.
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Peta Murgatroyd & Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Maksim didn’t have luck with fellow dancer Karina, but he gave it another shot with dancer Peta Murgatroyd in 2013. After stints on Dancing With The Stars, the couple got engaged in December 2015 and now have a baby boy, Shai Alexander.
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Emma Slater & Sasha Farber

Yet another case of two dancing professionals who made it work. For a couple who met under the reality TV lights, Slater and Farber fittingly got engaged following a live routine airing on DWTS. Since Farber’s family lives in Australia and Slater’s in England, they joke about potentially having three weddings.
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Derek Hough & Shannon Elizabeth

Hough danced with actress and model Shannon Elizabeth on Season 6, sparking rumors of potential coupledom. In 2009, Elizabeth both confirmed and terminated rumors when she tweeted, “Hi everyone-we wanted you all to know directly from us that Derek & I have decided to end our relationship as boyfriend & girlfriend..."
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Mark Ballas & Sabrina Bryan

On Mark Ballas’ first season as a dancing professional on Dancing With the Stars, he hooked up with former Cheetah Girl Sabrina Bryan. The pair dated for a few months following Season 5,
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Robert Herjavec and Kym Johnson
Ever since meeting on Dancing With the Stars, Shark Tank judge Robert Herjavec and professional dancer Kym Johnson are experts in the age-old adage, “It takes two to tango.”

After dancing together on season 20 of Dancing With the Stars, the pair found they had more in common than an ear for rhythm. The couple started dating 10 months after the season’s end, and got married in July of 2016. Kym has since retired as an instructor.

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