Maria Menounos and Derek Hough caused a sensation with their rumba on Monday night as it appeared the pro dancer kissed his “Extra” TV host partner during the romantic slow dance on “Dancing with the Stars.”
The internet went wild as fans tried to figure out if Derek had actually kissed Maria, as the camerawork was unclear. Also, it raised the question: Are they becoming a real-life couple?
When asked about it backstage after the show, Derek called the kiss “a graze,” and said there’s nothing going on but friendship.
In fact, Maria already has a boyfriend, and Derek boyishly laughed, “I’m not THAT guy. Nobody wants to be THAT guy.”
He said they didn’t rehearse the kiss. “Never. That was a moment thing. She arched her back and put her head back and I was like, oh. [Also] I normally do sweet rumbas but Twitter was like, ‘you’d better do a sexy rumba.’ I was like, ‘all right!’ ”
And Derek said if the camera shot fooled viewers into wondering if it was a real kiss, it was by his design! “I spoke with the director [beforehand],” the dancer revealed. “I said I want the camera shot to be very thematic, so whenever we’re close, it’s going to be a tight frame, very close and so I’m glad I did that.”
But Maria tried to avoid talking about the whole thing. “I don’t know anything,” she smiled. When asked how she would feel about rumors starting over a possible romance between her and Derek, she joked, “Terrific!” and gave reporters her famous donkey laugh.
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