Most popular reality shows have plenty of on-screen hookups, but the relationships don’t seem to last once the cameras are off. That’s not the case for Dancing with the Stars – the matches made here are actually continuing in “real life”!
The most recent example comes from last night’s season 5 finale, with racecar driver Helio Castroneves and partner Julianne Hough taking home the trophy. The couple has been causing raised eyebrows all season, as their sensual moves and obvious chemistry left us wondering if they had a real life romance going on. They haven’t made it official yet, but Helio did abruptly end his year long engagement with jewelry designer Aliette Vazquez…
Helio and Julianne are in good company if the rumors are true – in May of 07, it was reported that TV star Mario Lopez and his dance partner, Karina Smirnoff, officially moved in together! Things didn’t fare as well for another rumored couple from that season – singer Willa Ford and her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy were strictly business. Willa’s November 06 engagement to hockey star Mike Modano officially dispelled the rumors that her and Maksim were dancing off stage as well!
Perhaps the younger set will fare better? Disney Cheetah Girl Sabrina Bryan is still paired with her dancer, Mark Ballas, after a surprising early elimination weeks ago. Fans had suspected that love was in the air, and there was no denying it once cameras glimpsed them after they were ousted. Sabrina called Mark “baby”, and he responded with “I love you”. Now, the twenty somethings are an official item, so we’re guessing they aren’t too broken up over the elimination!
What’s the moral of this story? Dancing with the Stars gives us plenty of celebrity dirt to dish, so keep an eye out for the next reality-show-turned-real-life couple!