People who often spend a lot of time together in a close-knit setting have a tendency to become more than just friends or co-workers. Throw in sexy costumes and hot, steamy dance moves, you’ve got a recipe for a few hookups. Some Dancing With Stars castmates caught the love bug pretty quickly with their dancing partners.
Many of the relationships on Dancing With the Stars were bound to happen. Some of the romances lasted longer that others, while a few ended on a sour note.
Here are 12 of the hottest Dancing With the Stars hookups that heated up after the cameras cooled down.
12. Mark Ballas and Pia Toscano
Pia Toscano was never an official contestant on Dancing With the Stars, just a music performer. Back in 2001, Pia Toscano and Mark Ballas dated briefly for five months before going their separate ways. According to the two, their breakup stemmed from Ballas’ busy schedule on Dancing With the Stars and Toscano’s music career.
11. Mike Catherwood and Lacey Schwimmer
Some rumors stated Lacey Schwimmer and Mike Catherwood’s romance began shortly after their dance rehearsals for the first few weeks of the competition. There was a noticeable sexual tension between the two during their dance routines that caused some of the producers to ask the Schwimmer and Catherwood to tone things down.
10. Kym Johnson and Robert Herjavec
After competing on the 20th season of Dancing With the Stars in 2015, Robert Herjavec and Kym Johnson immediately began dating. The two fell deeply in love and were photographed on various trips around the world. In 2016, Herjavec and Johnson took their relationship to the next level and were married.
9. Derek Hough and Shannon Elizabeth
During the sixth season, Derek Hough and Shannon Elizabeth took their on-screen chemistry off the dance floor and began dating. Things got pretty serious between the two, and the duo even moved in together. Sadly, their relationship only lasted for little over a year before they called it quits.
8. Sabrina Bryan and Mark Ballas
Former Disney star Sabrina Bryna couldn’t contain her excitement when she found out Mark Ballas would be her dancing partner on Dancing With the Stars. The dancing duo dated briefly, but abruptly parted ways in 2007. Bryan and Ballas stated that their hectic schedules as the cause of their split.
7. Peta Murgatroyd and James Maslow
Peta Murgatroyd and James Maslow actually dated briefly before becoming dancing partners on the 18th season of Dancing With the Stars, after being introduced by mutual friends. There was an undeniable chemistry between the two during the show’s competition. After Murgatroyd and Maslow were eliminated, they continued their romance months after the show ended.
6. Chuck Wicks and Julianne Hough
Fans got to watch things between dancer/actress Julianne Hough and country singer Chuck Wicks blossom on season nine. Unfortunately, it didn’t last long, as Hough began to fall in love with Ryan Seacrest as she was dating Wicks. Hough and Seacrest went on to have a three-year relationship.
5. Karina Smirnoff and Mario Lopez
During season three, Mario Lopez and Karina Smirnoff had a drama-filled on-again, off again, relationship. The two eventually moved in together after the season ended. Their bliss was cut short in 2008 after having a long distance relationship due to their work schedules. Various rumors also surfaced that Lopez wasn’t faithful to Smirnoff.
4. Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Julianne Hough
Before Julianne Hough’s relationship with Ryan Seacrest, she had a brief fling with fellow Dancing With the Stars dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy. At the time, Hough told Maks she didn’t want a serious relationship. So, when she began seriously dating Ryan Seacrest, things between Maks and Hough got messy on set with the two throwing subliminal shots at each other.
3. Witney Carson and Chris Soules
Before joining the 19th season of the show, Bachelor star Chris Soules was engaged to Whitney Bischoff. That relationship ended once Soules and Witney Carson became dancing partners and their on-screen chemistry made its way off screen. Sadly, Carson and Soules’ brief relationship ended due to the couple’s differences.
2. Karina Smirnoff and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Dancing professionals Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Karina Smirnoff’s relationship actually led to a brief engagement in 2009. Due to their different view on how and when to start a family, Chmerkovskiy and Smirnoff called off their engagement. The two just couldn’t see eye-to-eye on certain things and ended their relationship altogether.
1. Drew Lachey and Cheryl Burke
After winning the second season, Cheryl Burke and Drew Lachey embarked on a promo tour. During that tour, spectators noticed the budding chemistry between the two partners, which led to various rumors about the two. At the time the rumors appeared, Lachey was married with children, and Burke was dating Matthew Lawrence.
Many of the relationships that stemmed from Dancing With the Stars were great for press coverage of the show. The chemistry between the two dancers is what makes people tune in each week to vote for their favorite dancing duo. It’s fun for the viewers to speculate whether or not their favorite pair actually have off-screen chemistry and romance. It makes for great television and ratings.
Sometimes the romances on the show will lead to either a happily ever after, a bad romance, or just something to keep the buzz going.
Dancing With the Stars will continue bringing people together in an unexpected way.