by Mischalova at . Comments

Enough about the Dustin Diamond sex tape already!

What about the performance of his formed Saved by the Bell co-star, Mario Lopez?

Ricki Lake and Derek Hough

A.C. Slater and his Dancing with the Stars partner, Karina Smirnoff, did their best on last night's episode, despite the latter having pinched a nerve in her back only hours before the show began.

"We were kind of rushing to do the dress rehearsal and during the pull-out, a part of my rib twisted in and pinched a nerve," Karina said. "I don't even know what that means - I just know it hurt like crazy! But the doctor cracked me and said I should be fine in three to four days."

Based on this Ashlee Simpson picture, looks like she's been cracked out a few times herself.

Lopez added: "She's a trooper and so tough, but I was worried."

The dancing duo, however, did not receive the highest score of the evening. That honor went to Vivica Fox and someone named Monique Coleman.

But who cares? Let's get to the important dirt: Are Lopez and Smirnoff dating?

Mario denied rumors.

"We get along so well and we do love to make each other laugh, but truthfully, we can't entertain messing around because there's only so much time and you really need to focus," he said.

Wow. That's dedication, folks. Passing up a pretty lady to focus on your job? Patrick Dempsey should mention that concept to his alter ego on Grey's Anatomy.

by Mischalova at . Comments

What would Jesse Spano say?

Mario Lopez may be considered the favorite to win this season's Dancing with the Stars, but in other ways, he's already come out on top. Or maybe his partner, Karina Smirnoff has.

Maks and Kirstie Pic

Lewd comments aside, however, a source told Us Weekly that the couple has been dating since August, saying "it's serious." Perhaps jealously over seeing a happy twosome is what caused Shanna Moakler to purposely have herself eliminated this week. You never know.

"They do look good together, don't they?" said Lisa Rinna, this season's co-host.

They sure do. Not as good as this Jessica Alba picture. But still pretty good.

Karina Smirnoff Biography

Karina Smirnoff, Mario Karina Smirnoff is on Dancing with the Stars. Her and Mario Lopez have hit it off in real life, too. The two have been dating every since... More »
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