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?
"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!
Dating or not, Chmerkovskiy and the Olympic gold medalist dominated since day one, and the voters noticed; he was rewarded with his first championship.
"I’m not as beside myself as I thought I would be because I’m incapable of accepting gifts or awards – we just have these dumbfounded looks on our faces," he said.
"It’s more of, we could be brilliant but Charlie [White] didn’t make the final, [James Maslow] didn’t make the final. There were people that who did incredible numbers."
"It’s about the people who voted, called and stayed up overnight to vote," said the Ukrainian fan favorite. "It’s because of them that we have this trophy."
"Had Amy and Derek’s names been called, all would have been right with the world, everyone would have been amazed at their journey," he continued.
"She deserved the trophy too. This is why it’s special because those people, the fans dedicated their time to us. God knows we did our best. We did our best."
"Derek did it five times and that was the first person that I spoke to after Meryl and I won," he said of Hough, his sometime adversary on the program.
"I was like, ‘Dude, I had no clue,’" he said. "I have to connect with the person and when I connect it’s do or die. When the season’s over, I’m depleted."
"Right now, I have nothing left. When we won, I felt an abundance of emotion from everyone. It’s just so overwhelming and I feel it, I feel it."
What do you think? Did they deserve to win?