We’ve all heard the rumors about celebrities hooking up with their partners on DWTS. Occasionally it’s true. Actress Shannon Elizabeth and dance partner Derek Hough started dating when she appeared on season six and are still together. Mario Lopez and Karina Smirnoff made for heavy-duty tabloid fodder for nearly two years, until she learned there were other partners on his dance card.
Most of the time, though, it’s just wishful thinking on the part of viewers who can’t quite understand how a couple could transmit so much chemistry on the dance floor and not allow the magnetism to spill over into real life. Being a professional dancer, especially one dancing with non-pros, means creating intensity and sensuality during a performance, no matter how you feel about your partner in real life.