Dancing with the Stars' Hottest Hookups: These Contestants Tangoed Their Way to Romance
The inside scoop on five of the couples that sizzled – and fizzled – on the dance floor
brightcove.createExperiences(); Sometimes the Mirrorball Trophy isn’t the only reward for Dancing with the Stars‘ hopeful hoofers.
Many a celebrity has found love on the reality series, linking up with their pro partner or even with the other competitors off of the small screen. While many of the relationships certainly sizzled (and a few ultimately fizzled).
Before season 22 kicks off (and love matches are just maybe made), here are the five hottest DWTS hookups – and how they fared after the competition ended.
Karina Smirnoff and Mario Lopez
Lopez went on to marry actress Courtney Mazza in 2012, with whom he shares two children, while Smirnoff danced her way into another DWTS cast member’s heart.
Karina Smirnoff and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
They called off the engagement later that fall, though, with friends telling PEOPLE at the time that they didn’t agree when it came to starting a family. Chmerkovskiy is now set to marry fellow pro Peta Murgatroyd after an on-and-off romance.
Derek Hough and Shannon Elizabeth
Chad Johnson and Cheryl Burke
Former football player Chad Johnson – once known as Chad Ochocinco – showered partner Cheryl Burke with gifts during their run on the ABC show, but the pair’s relationship never grew beyond a “fling.”
Robert Herjavec and Kym Johnson
The couple got engaged in February after meeting during season 20 of the reality series. The Shark Tank billionaire decorated with rose petals and placed a ring box atop an inflatable swan in a pool for his big proposal.
Dancing with the Stars‘ 22nd season premieres Monday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.