Kelly Monaco And Val Chmerkovskiy Dating? 'DWTS' Alum Monaco Gushes About Her Dance Partner [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW, VIDEO]

By Rachel Levine April 3, 2013 7:08 PM EDT
Kelly Monaco talks Dancing with the Stars and her ex-partner Val! (Photo: Getty Images)
Kelly Monaco talks Dancing with the Stars and her ex-partner Val! (Photo: Getty Images)

Kelly Monaco And Val Chmerkovskiy didn't win Season 15 of Dancing With The Stars, but according to multiple reports the dancing partners won the lottery nonetheless.

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Sure, it was another sculpted brunette, Melissa Rycroft, who took home the prize. But viewers were sure that Monaco, 36, and Chmerkovskiy, 27, were moving their chemistry off the dance floor.

Despite the nine-year age difference, the olive-skin stunners turned up the heat week after week, making fans feel there was more going on behind the scenes.

Sadly, Chmerkovskiy just told Ricki Lake the two are not an item.

And yet when Monaco talked to iDesign this week at a Hotel Durex event in NYC, she had nothing but praise for her DWTS dance partner.

Chmerkovskiy and his current partner, Zendaya Coleman, are the current frontrunners. But Monaco also adores her friend Cheryl Burke and her General Hospital co-star Ingo Rademacher.

"I can't choose who I want to win!" Monaco admitted. "I get really excited and hope that one of my friends will be in the top three," Monaco told iDesign.

Coleman and Chmerkovskiy "are killing it," Monaco said. "I mean, I credit Val. He's such a fantastic teacher. I think whomever he would have had [this season] he would've been in the same position. He's doing great."

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The Dancing pro really came into his own last season after dancing (and creating chemistry) with Monaco. "I think people are getting to see what I see," Monaco shared. "People are falling in love with what I fell in love with; he's an amazing person and an incredible teacher."

Monaco also got to have Chmerkovskiy guest star on General Hospital after the last season of Dancing With The Stars wrapped. "He's got so much talent, and he's only scratched the surface."

Dancing With The Stars: All Stars' finalists Kelly Monaco and Valentin Chmerkovskiy perform at ABC News' Good Morning America. (Photo: Getty Images)
Dancing With The Stars: All Stars' finalists Kelly Monaco and Valentin Chmerkovskiy perform at ABC News' Good Morning America. (Photo: Getty Images)

Now his brother Maks is guest starring on General Hospital in honor of the show's 50th anniversary. Maks, who left DWTS before this season, has been "bitten by the acting bug," Monaco said.

"It was great having him on my side of the fence," Monaco told iDesign. "He was in my world. I've only been in his world. So it was nice to show him what I do."

"Maks is very serious about acting. I think he's ready to branch out into the next phase of his life, whatever that creative outlet is, but I think he's been bitten by the acting bug."

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Dancing with the Stars is a very grueling process - just ask Dorothy Hamill! So Monaco had some advice for this season's dancers.

"Remember it's only a dance contest," the DWTS  alum said. "Have fun. Try to stay in the moment. People worry about what's next. So you never actually embrace the stuff you're doing."

"Give yourself a pat on the back for completing a week - and embrace it."

You can catch DWTS  on Mondays and Tuesdays on ABC and General Hospital every weekday at 2 p.m. ET on ABC.

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