, leading fans of the ABC series to wonder if the partners are really dating behind-the-scenes.PHOTOS: All of the season 18 contestants Dancing veteran Chmerkovskiy, 34, hot off his first-ever mirrorball victory, and Davis, 27, nearly smooched after learning of their win on live TV during the Tuesday, May 20, finale -- but neither would confirm to Us Weekly what exactly was happening romantically."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.I had a very shredded cartilage in my knee, so over the years it got worse and worse and the pain got worse and worse, but it affects your ankle, your hips, your back. If you're an athlete, this is what is inevitably going to happen. I've always wanted to put on a show in the Hammerstein Ballroom, and this is it.Maks: We'll definitely have Meryl in the show, we'll definitely have Amy [Purdy], which we are super excited about, but to be honest with you, if Val decides to call up and say, "Hey, I want Rumer to be in the show because we won the damn thing," I'll be like, "Let's do it! " What's the point of having your own show if you can't accommodate your friends? We don't want to lose the integrity of the production, and we won't. This whole season has been very stressful for Val and Rumer, but very enjoyable for everybody else.
The "Dancing with the Stars" pros, who dated for 10 months in 20, have been quietly rekindling their romance.At age 13, he broke his right leg in a skiing accident and had a titanium rod put in to stabilize his leg.Doctors foresaw long-term difficulties and little possibility of a dancing career; however, he recovered and was dancing again six months later.But he has been working hard to really be a good guy to her and show her that he's changed."Following their split, Chmerkovskiy dated model Kate Upton for six months. On season 18 of "Dancing with the Stars," he was linked to his dance partner, Meryl Davis.The two went on to win the Mirror Ball Trophy, and to this day, fans of the pair are hoping that the two are dating, though both have repeatedly said that they're just friends.Tommy [Chong] would tease [Peta] about it," the insider said.