“When you have two single people in a room and you are spending so much time together, it’s natural to have chemistry and to be curious,” longtime pro Cheryl Burke tells The Post.“All of a sudden you think you are in love because you are grinding on each other seven days a week.” Backstage love connections happen “a lot more than people know,” pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy confirms. One celebrity nearly left his wife for a pro who has bedded as many as four other participants, an on-set source reveals.“But over a period of, let’s say, 10 years, people all come back in some way, saying, ‘Hey, we haven’t spoken in a decade, but I understand where you’re coming from, and I want us to continue being friends.’ I have a 100 percent return rate.” Us: So, why return to the show? I went to Japan and did a show called Love the Floor, and it brought back my love for dancing. Us: The pro-partner relationship is intense, almost like you’re a real couple. CB: Well, we do dry-hump each other for what seems like 24/7 for a few months!
I started to realize this wasn’t the person for me. Us: Maks, did you intentionally lead fans to believe you and Meryl Davis were an item back in 2014? It got to the point where we didn’t even know how to continue saying, “No, we’re not dating.” The funny thing is, I’m engaged [to DWTS pro Peta Murgatroyd, 30], I have a baby coming, and there are still people who think Maks and Meryl can be a thing! They showed me it’s all about personality on the show and the chemistry you have with your partner. DH: My first season , I slipped on Jennie Garth’s dress and I dropped her. She won her second championship with retired football star Emmitt Smith in the third season.Cheryl returned to the ballroom on March 19, 2007 for Season 4, partnered with actor Ian Ziering." PHOTOS: Hilarious backstage DWTS pics The two earned a 20 for their paso doble.("The power is back, the presence is back, the determination is back!