Chuck & Julianne: From Romancing to Dirty 'Dancing'

Look back at how the on- and off-screen couple turned up the heat in the ballroom. By Julia Wang

01 of 05

THE WALTZ

THE WALTZ
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A nervous Chuck Wicks and partner-girlfriend Julianne Hough made their Dancing debut with an elegant waltz that earned a sweet kiss from Hough and sweeter praise from judge Carrie Ann Inaba, who described the country singer as "one of the most graceful men" on the show.

02 of 05

THE SALSA

THE SALSA
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Wicks and Hough tried to spice things up – with some head-to-toe fringe! – but their Latin number left the judges cold. Afterward, Len Goodman admonished Wicks: "You're young. You're energetic. You could come out here and sell this dance!"

03 of 05

THE VIENNESE WALTZ

THE VIENNESE WALTZ
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In week 5, Wicks hit his stride (sort of) with his and Hough's sweet Viennese waltz. "You've finally come out of hibernation," an enthusiastic Goodman told the country crooner, but Inaba found it "irritating" he didn't have confidence to take full command of the dance.

04 of 05

THE RUMBA

THE RUMBA
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Well, no more Mr. Nice Guy! The pair scorched the ballroom in lingerie-style lacy costumes with R-rated moves to match. "We've always been the sweet, romantic couple," Hough told PEOPLE, "and now we got to be the sexy couple." So sexy, in fact, Goodman said "part of that was more suitable for the bedroom than the ballroom."

05 of 05

THE SAMBA

THE SAMBA
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"You should have danced in your pajamas a long time ago," quipped host Tom Bergeron after the couple's red-hot samba. He was right: Wicks and Hough earned their highest score to date – three 9's! – and finally the approval of Goodman, who raved: "Chucky, I liked it a lot!"

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