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Maria Menounos and Derek Hough may or may not be dating, but they're clearly a perfect match on Dancing With the Stars. They scored the season's first 30!

That's one way to top their on-stage kiss a few weeks ago.

Derek and Maria performed the paso doble and judges were in love with what she turned in, awarding a trio of 10s for the first time in this fun 14th season.

Carrie Ann Inaba joked "that dance sucked!" before remarking "You two were so on fire!" Bruno Tonioli, meanwhile, may still be having heart palpitations.

Check out the first-place pair's perfect paso doble below:

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With their undeniable chemistry, Maria Menounos and Derek Hough sure know how to heat up Dancing With the Stars ... and the celebrity gossip rumor circuit.

The subject of much did-they-or-didn't-they-kiss speculation a couple of weeks ago and the continued target of dating rumors, there was no doubt this week.

Maria and Derek full-on locked lips during their salsa:

Although Bruno Tonioli asked if they needed a room and if he could join in (would you expect anything less?) Carrie Ann Inaba thought the kiss was too much.

"Dance is all about the illusion of passion," she chided the pair, who earned 27 out of a possible 30 points for the routine. "Don't go at it in front of everyone!"

Or do. Really, no one is complaining here at THG. And we thought Allure's pic of Maria Menounos nude would be her hottest moment of the week ...

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Maria Menounos and Derek Hough may not have turned in the best routine on Monday's Dancing With the Stars (Katherine Jenkins and William Levy both edged them on the scoreboard), or the most emotional (Donald Driver wins there).

Their rumba was hands down the steamiest, however.

Somewhere between rumba and racy, Maria and Derek ended up panting on the floor. The tandem may have shared more than choreography, or something:

It sure looked like they kissed, and let's face it, these two are a great fit for the obligatory DWTS dating rumor mill. Their physical chemistry is palpable.

Of course, Maria and Derek played it cool when chatting with Brooke Burke, opting not to answer the obvious question: Did they or didn't they kiss?

But will they stick around after tonight? That's a definite yes.

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Maria Menounos and Derek Hough might be the hottest Dancing With the Stars pairing of the season, even if their debut was not so hot on technical merit.

She had the misfortune of kicking off the DWTS season premiere, and the nerves were palpable Monday. Maria will have to overcome her fears to survive.

She's with Derek, though, so expect her to stick around at least long enough to give it the old college try. Don't write the easy-on-the-eyes pair off just yet.

Watch their season-opening performance below:

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British pop star / X Factor judge Cheryl Cole and Dancing With the Stars professional Derek Hough have reconciled their relationship, according to reports.

He allegedly dumped her last spring (or got dumped by her, depending on what you read), but apparently neither can resist each other ... or Coldplay.

They were caught canoodling in the audience at a recent show!

Cheryl Cole and Derek Hough on Stage

The pair, who started dating in early 2010 after the former split with her husband, then split in mid-2011, reportedly began seeing each other again recently.

Enter the obligatory romance-rekindling Coldplay concert.

A witness said of Cole and Hough: "They were really slushy. He stood with his arms round her waist as they mouthed the words to each other for 'Fix You'."

Who doesn't want to drop their pants when that comes on?

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With wins in the Iowa caucus and New Hampshire primary, Mitt Romney has a leg up in the race for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012.

If he won the right to face our first African-American President, Barack Obama, Romney would become the first Mormon on a major party ticket.

While this is hardly an endorsement of Romney, good for him, and for voters embracing candidates of varying religions, backgrounds and ethnicity.

In honor of Mitt, here are a bunch of celebrity Mormons you might not know about! Who's your favorite? Read THG's Top 10 and vote in our poll:

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10. Mitt Romney. He'll never be accused of being electrifying on the campaign trail, but he wins. And least so far. Plus, he's got the hair.

9. Jon Huntsman. Another family man and GOP presidential candidate who embraces his Mormon beliefs. Doing not quite as well in the polls.

8. Amy Adams of Enchanted fame was raised Mormon. Who knew!

7. Marie Osmond and her siblings grew up in a strict Mormon home.

6. Aaron Eckhart of The Dark Knight fame was raised Mormon. Eckhart even transferred to BYU and graduated from the Mormon University in '94.

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5. (tie) Paul Walker. That's one fast, furious, handsome Mormon! And Jon Heder. Napoleon Dynamite quotes. Enough said on both accounts.

4. Katherine Heigl. While no longer a practicing Mormon, the former Grey's Anatomy star credits her LDS upbringing with shaping her character.

3. Lacey Schwimmer. DWTS pro and Mormon (as are our co-#1s).

2. David Archuleta. The American Idol runner-up recently announced he's stepping out of the limelight to embark on a two-year Mormon mission.

1. Julianne and Derek Hough. The Footloose star and DWTS pro siblings pretty much hit the genetic jackpot with looks, charm and physical abilities.

Who's your favorite celebrity Mormon?

 

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Ricki Lake was very good Monday night on Dancing With the Stars.

The question is, will very good be enough against the two men she's competing against? Ricki and Derek Hough earned all 9s for their cha cha and all 9s for their freestyle, for a combined total of 54. "We're very, very happy," she said. "I'm thrilled!"

Fan favorite J.R. Martinez has 54 as well, though, and upstart Rob Kardashian garnered 57. So it'll take quite the popular vote victory to propel Ricki to the Mirror Ball. Will it happen? Check out her routines below and vote on who you think will win:

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The recent Dancing With the Stars feud between Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Derek Hough appears to indicate an increasingly heated rivalry and then some.

"They hate each other," a DWTS insider says.

Chmerkovskiy slammed Len Goodman on last week's show, then criticized Hough after he sided with the judge. Maks also referred to DWTS as "my show."

"I had a laugh about that," Hough said, then referred to a list of past champions at the studio: "I was just looking at the plaque upstairs and ... well, never mind."

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Derek (with Ricki Lake) and Maks (with Hope Solo) are in this fall's final five.

That reply by three-time winner Hough (Chmerkovskiy has yet to hoist the Mirror Ball in 12 seasons; Both are alive right now) is just the latest chapter.

"The professional dance community is really small. The dancers have known one another their entire lives," says a source close to the smash hit show.

"Now that the group is famous, it's added a new level of competitiveness."

There's also the Julianne Hough factor.

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Maksim Chmerkovskiy sort of backed off his comments Monday about Dancing With the Stars being "his" show, but is still plenty pissed at the judges.

Chmerkovskiy laid into Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli after what he believed were scathing, personal critiques of his routine with Hope Solo.

Lacey Schwimmer and Chaz Bono, who were eliminated Tuesday night, felt similarly and supported Maksim, but Ricki Lake's partner Derek Hough took the judges' side.

That drew a stinging rebuke from Chmerkovskiy ...

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"Derek Hough has been very supportive of his personal career on the show," Maksim said in an interview with Robin Roberts on Good Morning America.

"With all due respect, if I had Nicole Scherzinger followed by Jennifer Grey followed by Ricki Lake, I probably would not be upset with the judges either."

Maksim wishes he hadn't said in the heat of the moment that DWTS is "his" show and he is the reason for its success, acknowledging it's a team effort.

But he won't praise the judges, either.

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Looks like the Lauren Conrad and Derek Hough dating rumors are true.

The hot young couple added fuel to the fire by partying together - very closely, as a matter of fact - in the back room at L.A.'s Trousdale Lounge.

While they were with friends - she had Lo Bosworth with her, and he was hanging out with Dancing With the Stars co-star Mark Ballas - they mostly spent time with each other. Then they hit the floor, where they danced lovingly.

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Derek Hough and Lauren Conrad are totally a couple.

"It was obvious there was a lot of chemistry between the two," an onlooker says. "She was very smitten." So smitten, in fact, that the normally reserved reality TV star and fashion designer shared some smooches with her man.

Says the onlooker: "Neither seemed embarrassed about kissing in public."

They seem like a good fit, don't you agree?

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