'Dancing with the Stars' Couples Roundup: Erin and Maks? Nicole and Derek?
'Dancing with the Stars' Couples Roundup: Erin and Maks? Nicole and Derek?
Glenn Diaz
Glenn Diaz
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
Romance rumors are never absent on Dancing with the Stars, and they're starting pretty early this season. Has Maks found a replacement for Karina Smirnoff? Is Derek earning the ire of Nicole's F1 champion boyfriend Louis Hamilton? Read on to find out!

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Asked whether or not he was dating his partner, leggy ESPN courtside Erin Andrews, DWTS pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy coyly told HollywoodLife.com, "Maybe."

As for Andrews, whose rise to fame wasn't exactly on wholesome grounds, she says she thinks it's "funny" when you get paired up with a "really attractive guy."

"You turn into a fifteen year-old and don't know what to do, he makes me nervous!"

The two has mutual admiration for each other, with Erin admitting that she wanted to get Maks as her partner from the very beginning. Returning the favor, Maks says, "I lucked out with Erin, she is great at everything!"

Meanwhile, Nicole Scherzinger's boyfriend Louis Hamilton was in the audience during her first performance on Dancing with the Stars, so we're not sure how romance rumors between her and partner Derek Hough came to be. Maybe because of a precedent?

"There can't be any romance rumors because we've already had kids together," Nicole jokes to E! Online. "And we're already married!"

As for Derek, who dated his season 6 partner Shannon Elizabeth for more than a year, he says there is nothing romantic about her pairing with the Pussycat Dolls front-woman. "Nicole is like my sister," he says.

Finally, the one-time champ says that "nothing" is "going on" in his own love life. Derek was rumored to have been involved with British television personality Cheryl Cole, then undergoing tough Tiger Woods-type controversy with hubby football superstar Ashley Cole.

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