Maria Menounos and Derek Hough shocked the ballroom on Monday night’s “Dancing with the Stars” by kissing—for the second time this season!
Although the “Extra” hostess and her dance pro maintain they’re just friends, they raised eyebrows with a steamy kiss after Derek ripped his shirt off on the dance floor during their salsa. Just two weeks ago, their kiss was just a graze. But this time, it was a sexy smacker—and judge Carrie Ann Inaba disapproved, wishing they’d shown the “illusion of passion” instead, while Bruno Tonioli ordered the couple to “get a room!”
Reporters wondered if the competitors had crossed the line. But backstage after the show, Derek defended his second kiss with Maria. “Tonight, it was just fun,” he shrugged. “We were like, ‘let’s just do it.’ The song was such a big deal to us, I’m like, we gotta do something. We can’t just do a dip. We can’t just take the shirt off—everybody does that. She’s like, ‘why don’t we just make out?’ I’m like, ‘uh, okay.’”
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The couple still got a strong score of 27 for their salsa, and the other competitors didn’t criticize. But most of them said they won’t be kissing on the dance floor themselves.
“We like to leave it up to the imagination,” Cheryl Burke giggled, with partner William Levy by her side.
Dancer Peta Murgatroyd told reporters the exact same thing, while her partner Donald Driver said,“They can do whatever they want.”
Katherine Jenkins and partner Mark Ballas saw Maria and Derek’s rehearsal so “we knew what was coming,” the singer smiled. “I thought their dance was really hot.” But Mark said not to expect them to share a dance kiss: “we don’t need to do that. There’ll be none of that.”
Meanwhile, singer Gavin DeGraw, with partner Karina Smirnoff at his side, joked to Xfinitytv, “I honestly wanted to see a little more tongue action. If they’re going to go for it, really, why don’t they just go there? I thought the kiss should have been a little bit more pronounced. Karina and I—we don’t really kiss. We were going to work one of those into our routine, talking about shirtless, but she didn’t want to take it off.”
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