4 Couples Who Found Love on Dancing With the Stars
When you watch The Bachelor or The Bachelorette, you expect see two people drinking champagne in a hot tub deep in the Norwegian woods and professing their love in a matter of weeks — it's the whole point. What you may not expect, though, is that Dancing With the Stars is also a hotbed of Passionate Reality Television Romance (TM). In fact, the show lead to three marriages and one engagement — a relatively high number, considering the fact that it’s not about the pursuit of love, but unimpeachable dance skills.
Then again, it’s not really that weird. These couples spend hours together training, performing, and counting on one another to make viewers smile and approve of their music choices and intricate eight counts. It's a lot of pressure, both physically and emotionally — the kind of pressure that, if the chemistry is right, can build the foundation for love.
In the spirit of dance and romance, here’s an explainer on which DWTS couples were born on the dance floor ahead of the season 27 premiere on Sept. 24.
Peta Murgatroyd & Maksim Chmerkovskiy
DWTS pros Peta and Maks have been married since 2017, but before that, they each had their fair share of reported romance with other celebrity partners. Peta had a rumored romance with James Maslow, of Nickelodeon’s Big Time Rush, as well as Pretty Little Liars' Brant Daugherty. Neither relationship was publicly announced. Meanwhile, Maks was rumored to be his former dancing parter, Willa Ford. He was also engaged to former DWTS pro Karina Smirnoff .
Eventually, though, Peta and Maks found each other and it's been fireworks ever since. The pair had a baby boy, Shai, who probably has an entire closet full of tiny dance shoes. At least, I hope he does.
Sasha Farber & Emma Slater
These two crazy kids climbed the Dancing with the Stars ladder together. Both started as troupe members (for any newbies, that’s code for JV dancers who entertain the audience during commercial breaks) and eventually clawed their way into the professional roster. They had a bump in the road in the middle of their five-year relationship, but otherwise it's been smooth sailing. In fact, Sasha was so sure of his love for Emma that he proposed live on the show. Now, they're actually competing against each other as husband and wife: Sasha will be dancing with Mary Lou Retton during season 27, and Emma will bedancing with John Schneider. #TeamMaryLou
Kym Johnson and Robert Herjavec
When Kym Johnson was paired with businessman and Shark Tank celebrity Robert Herjavec, she probably had no idea she would fall completely in love. I personally think the earth shifted for them during their Argentine tango in week seven of their season. Once it was all over, Kym and Robert dove headfirst into their relationship; He proposed, they were married, and she chose to take a break from the ballroom. Why? There are likely millions of reasons (in the bank) that come to mind. Since then, she's made just one comeback during season 24 to dance with Mr. T. As one does.
Jenna Johnson & Val Chmerkovskiy
Jenna must be some sort of siren because she was able to reign in this half of The Brothers Chmerkovskiy — he's been reportedly attached to a whole slew of celebrity partners. Here’s the thing: these two are adorable, and I'm so glad that DWTS, exists, if only to bring them together. Might I suggest you follow them on Instagram? Val’s proposal was a delight. Still waiting on my wedding invite, guys. The engaged couple are both on the show during season 27: Val will be pulling double duty by dancing with Nancy McKeon on Monday nights and serving as a judge on Dancing with the Stars Junior. Jenna will (attempt to) dance with The Bachelorette’s overnight sensation Grocery Store Joe.
And there you have it: Proof that Dancing With the Stars has the power to bring people together for more than just an absurdly elaborate dance routine. May your love for their love shine with the light of a thousand Mirrorball Trophies — and tune into ABC on Sept. 24 to see if the new season has any potential love connections in the mix.