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Is Maksim Chmerkovskiy retiring from Dancing With the Stars? He would certainly be going out on top after winning his first title this spring with Meryl Davis.

Whether Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Meryl Davis are together or not remains a mystery, but clearly, his relationship with Davis is particularly dear to him.

Speaking about whether he'll return to DWTS for another season, he said he has to think about it, since he knows he'll never get another partner at her level.

"I want Meryl to be the last person I dance with," said the hunky dance pro, "and the last person I got to be passionate with and care so much for."

Certainly sounds like retirement ... and true love. Or is it?

"Do you know what a showmance is? It is like being at a summer camp when you're a teenager," he said. "You spend summertime away from your home."

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Every attractive Dancing With the Stars duo seems to inspire dating rumors, but for Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovksiy, it's been particularly intense.

From the moment they were paired together, their chemistry was electric, and the duo rode it all the way to the Season 18 Mirror Ball title last month.

Is that chemistry anything more than professional, though? Chmerkovskiy sort of explained this and revealed the key to their relationship this week ...

Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Asked about his bond with Davis, he said, "About our romance?" Smiling, he said, "No, we're good. We're great. She's an amazing person."

Pressed for more, the 34-year-old explained that "[The rumors are] always circulating around us dancers. It's fine. That's the nature of what we do."

"We're always in close proximity to each other. In order to produce what Meryl and I produced, there had to have been so much chemistry, and we had it."

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Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Meryl Davis won Dancing With the Stars earlier this week, but the personal nature of the questions they've faced on their victory-lap press tour may make the partners wish they'd never taken home the Mirrored Ball.

For example, Maksim and Meryl appeared on The Wendy Williams Show today and Wendy asked the duo point-blank if they were "smushing."

After pretending they didn't know what she was talking about (In fairness, Wendy is clinging to Jersey Shore slang from like five years ago), Maks and Meryl both dodged with question, with the latter insisting, "We are not dating...we prefer to keep the private lives private."

That's certainly not gonna help put the rumors to bed! 

Nor is the fact that when Wendy turned the topic to Maksim's nude photo shoot for the latest People magazine, he and Meryl anxiously held hands. 

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If you're Maksim Chmerkovskiy and you've just won Dancing With the Stars for the first time in 14 seasons as a professional, what else is there to do?

Pose nude for People magazine, of course!

Maksim, along with fellow Dancing with the Stars pro and brother Val Chmerkovskiy, posed with Vivienne Westwood hats made famous by Pharrell.

And nothing else.

Maksim Chmerkovskiy Nude

Maksim Chmerkovskiy, 34, and Val Chmerkovskiy, 28, discussed their matching six-packs, why dancing is a great workout and the dangers of makeup.

All for the magazine's special Hollywood's Most Talked About Bodies issue. Excerpts from their video and interview with People after the jump ...

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Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Meryl Davis are your Dancing With the Stars champions for Season 18, riding their chemistry and talent to the Mirror Ball title.

But are they dating? After Tuesday's Dancing With the Stars results were announced, they nearly kissed after learning of their win on live television.

Naturally, this sparked the inevitable discussion of their relationship status. What do they have to say about that - and of course, winning the show?

Meryl Davis & Maksim Chmerkovskiy - Freestyle - FINALS
Meryl Davis & Maksim Chmerkovskiy get into the Freestyle groove in the DWTS FINALS.

"We were just saying that this show, despite the fact that it's a reality show, puts people into really real situations," Davis coyly said of the dating rumors.

"It's challenging and we're not just coming to the show ready to dance every Monday. You go through the daily grind and it's very challenging."

"You get to know people in really fun moments and in really challenging moments, and I think that's what makes the show so successful."

"I also think that's why when the cameras stop rolling, I think that's why many of the relationships you form on the show keep going on long after the season's over."

Well, that tells us nothing, except that DWTS is awesome!

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For the three remaining Dancing With the Stars competitors, it all came down to one night. One final Dancing With the Stars results show, for all the marbles.

With the guts, the glitter and the glory on the line, and with James Maslow ousted Monday, only Meryl Davis, Amy Purdy and Candace Cameron Bure remained.

Candace came in as the big underdog, but with huge fan support, with Amy as the dark horse candidate to upend Meryl, the odds-on favorite to win.

So how did the Dancing With the Stars results shake out? Would Davis give Maksim Chmerkovskiy is first title in 14 tries, or would there be a surprise?

Let's find out who hoisted the Mirror Ball in Season 18 ...

Who Who Dancing With the Stars?
A Dancing With the Stars champion is crowned for Season 18. Who won it all??

For their last routine, Amy and Derek were told to get in touch with their inner mad scientist and combine an Argentine tango with a cha-cha. They scored 30/30.

Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas, for a Frankenstein’s monster of a dance, had to blend a quickstep and a samba. It went fairly well, earning 27/30.

Meryl Davis and Maks Chmerkovskiy had to produce the combination of a Foxtrot with a cha-cha, but came through with flying colors, tallying 30/30

Then at long, long last it was time for the results:

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After back-to-back weeks at the top, Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy fell to the bottom of the heap on Dancing with the Stars Monday night.

Although they were spared elimination on the Dancing with the Stars results show (and weren't even in the bottom three) Maks was not happy about it.

Specifically, he was put off by guest judge Abby Lee Miller.

Maks put together a rumba about a dysfunctional relationship (fittingly), and while the moves were excellent, it felt more like a contemporary routine.

Carrie Ann Inaba felt there was energy in every move, but there wasn't enough rumba content, while Abby felt that Meryl's footwork needed ... work.

A chorus of boos rained down from the audience.

After receiving their lowest score of the night from Abby and falling behind Amy Purdy's perfect 10s, Maks said "I really don't care for anything she has to say."

BURRRRN. So much for being a big "teddy bear."

If you watch Dance Moms online, you can appreciate where Maks was coming from, no? Check out the rest of last night's performances below ...

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Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Dancing with the Stars feuds have gone hand in hand over the years, but in this case, most fans are likely to be on his side.

The combustible pro is none too pleased at Julianne Hough, who guest judged the ABC hit series this week and hinted that he phoned in his performance.

"You can accuse me of a lot of things," said Maksim.

"You can't accuse me of not working hard enough."

Maks' comments came in response to Hough's accusation that he didn't give it all on Monday's "switch up" episode, when he partnered with Danica McKellar.

Suffice it to say, Chmerkovskiy didn't take kindly to that.

Following the blowup, some social media users suggested that Hough may have been taking sides because her brother Derek is still in competition.

"She said it and now she has to own up to it," said Maks.

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After a one-season hiatus, the Ukrainian stud is back in the ballroom. Maksim Chmerkovskiy is returning to Dancing with the Stars this spring, full-time.

He was seen leaving a meeting with executives for the show Wednesday and it's a done deal. Gotta work through that Kate Upton breakup somehow.

Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Erin Andrews Pic

It's not clear if Maksim will be back for any more seasons after this one, but fans who thought they'd seen the last of him will no doubt take what they can get.

As for his partner, it's also unclear who he'll be paired with. The celebrity contestants will all be announced next Tuesday on Good Morning America.

Among the rumored contestants? NeNe Leakes and Candace Cameron-Bure.

Even more notably, Erin Andrews, who was partnered with Maksim in Season 10, is coming back this year as host, replacing the fired Brooke Burke-Charvet.

This will be Chmerkovskiy's 14th out of 18 on the long-running ABC series.

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Maksim Chmerkovskiy is returning to the Dancing with the Stars ballroom as a guest judge for Monday's semifinals, according to reports.

Yes, he will be handing out the scores instead of complaining about them.

The DWTS pro will be three alongside regular judges Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli for the show's first-ever "plugged / unplugged" night.

Chmerkovskiy, who appeared on Broadway in "Forever Tango" and heads up six dance studios in the New York area, was long a fixture on DWTS.

He said he was always open to returning one day, so it was not a bitter parting of ways. "I never walked away, or said 'I'm never coming back,'" he said.

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