IMO Maria is all over Derek. Viewers that have been at the show say she grabs him, sits on his lap, said in her package for the Bollywood Samba that she wanted to make him jealous. She cried after her waltz and said she loved dancing with him. He had his arm around her collar bones and she had her hands on him. It is entirely mutually.You can't have to hot, young attractive adults in close body to body contact, 7 days a week for 15 weeks and not get very comfortable with the touching. All Derek's past partners profess how much they love him still, so the touching isn't groping, its mutual affection.