Maks Chmerkovskiy and Karina Smirnoff Engaged and Mark Ballas Injured

Maks Chmerkovskiy and Karina Smirnoff are now engaged. Who would have thought that Karina would leave Mario for Maks? Well, actually they really seem to go together really well. Mario and Karina never really matched for me. I’m sure that many a Maks lover will be disappointed that Maks is no longer available. Here’s a little bit more information about their engagement from

“I’m in love and so is she,” Chmerkovskiy told People. “Everything is beautiful.”

The two have worked together on Dancing for four years, but only tested the romantic waters fourth months ago. Chmerkovskiy popped the question on New Year’s Eve.

“He is such a softie,” Smirnoff said of her betrothed. “The way he proposed was so romantic.” Chmerkovskiy gave Smirnoff a three-karat platinum and diamond ring — which viewers can start salivating over when two return for Dancing’s eighth season in March.

In other news, Mark Ballas, Jr was hurt on the Dancing with the Stars tour. Here’s more information on what happened:

Dancing with the Stars pro Mark Ballas, who took home season six’s mirror ball trophy with partner Kristi Yamaguchi, suffered a groin injury and announced he will have sit out “a couple of weeks” of the shows tour, according to People.

After a performance on Saturday at the Los Angeles Staples Center, the Dancing pro, who was visibly in pain, apologized to fans for not giving a hundred percent. Both he and partner Yamaguchi did, however, pull-off a high energy performance as well as pull off a hip-hop routine with fellow pros Lacey Schwimmer and Derek Hough.

I’m not sure if the Dancing with the Stars curse is real. I think that dancers just get injured more than we realized before the show. I guess we’ll see who will get injured next when season 8 of Dancing with the Stars premieres on March 9 with a live, two-hour special.