Then there have been the victorious Olympians, such as Kristi Yamaguchi, Apolo Anton Ohno, Laurie Hernandez and, this season, Simone Biles.And then you've got your true-blue heroes, such as Army vets J. Martinez and Noah Galloway, or National Guardsman Alex Skarlatos, who won fame when he helped thwart a terrorist attack on a train in Europe prior to competing.News of the pairing process the show goes through each season when it comes to the celebrities and their professional partners. (Of those four pairings, none won the mirrorball trophy.)But even more stars have played coy when it came to their relationship status while competing, choosing to let viewers and the media speculate about the nature.Season 18 champion Meryl Davis and her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who is now engaged to fellow dancer Peta Murgatroyd, used the interest to their advantage.A behind-the-stage moment went viral when Bonner put his arm around Sharna's waist and his arm ended up resting on her crotch. But still, it was more than just that headline-making moment that had viewers talking, as their chemistry was palpable during their debut performance. News that she was rendered "a little bit speechless" and "blushed" for the first time ever on the show over the reaction to their chemistry. That would just be miserable experience for the celebrity, for us and the viewer.But was she really has been on for 24 seasons, and throughout its long run many pairings have caused are-they-or-aren't-they-hooking-up speculation…and most haven't seemed to mind playing it up for the camera, garnering more public interest—and potential votes—in the process."Obviously we have chemistry," Sharna told E! "We're not going to stand here and lie and say we don't, but everyone made such a big deal tonight that I didn't really know what to say to it."It will be interesting to see how the pair, who are both single, handles their chemistry moving forward.' pairs isn't all that surprising, seeing as how the show's producers prefer chemistry over clashes."It's based on height, build and personality and compatibility," showrunner Rob Wade previously told E! You don't want to see two people who don't like each other and, quite frankly, we have made that mistake pairing people up who didn't get on so well."In the past, many celebrities have ended up dating their partner, including Sabrina Bryan and Mark Ballas, Shannon Elizabeth and Derek Hough, Mario Lopez and Karina Smirnoff, and most recently Robert Herjavec, who wed his season 20 partner Kym Johnsonin July 2016.And it is a tough slog, all that practicing every day, the pressure to not disappoint your partner (or not screw up on live TV), the disappointment if the voting public is so obviously not in your corner, the discomfort you might feel if fellow stars are annoyed from the start that you're on the show...
News, "The hype about it has been fun, but it's not real." (In fact, Maks once revealed on the "Allegedly with Theo Von and Matthew Cole Weiss" podcast the only partner he's ever dated is season three partner Willa Ford.)And speaking of Peta, she played up her showmance with her season 18 partner James Maslow, with the duo claiming they went on several dates before he was cast on the show.
The source continued: "They had a very warm, affectionate manner with each other that seemed easy and worry-free.
They walked a little bit towards their cars and when they arrived at her car, he leaned in and kissed her before they each took off in their own cars.
In other pictures, Jenna held Val's hand as he draped it over her shoulder. He had an almost calm look of happiness and contentment.
CHECK OUT THE SLIDESHOW ABOVE FOR MORE RUMORED 'DWTS' COUPLES "They ordered and were very flirtatious," a source told E! He was very at ease and you could tell they were comfortable together." The insider added that Val Chmerkovskiy and Jenna Johnson got even closer as they left the restaurant.