Dancing with the Stars team Derek Hough and Maria Menounos were “On Air with Ryan Seacrest” Monday morning and talked about tonight’s dance, last week’s kiss, and Maria’s injuries. Most importantly, they addressed the rumors: Are they or aren’t they dating?!
On whether Maria and Derek are dating?
Maria explicitly said the two are not dating. Derek had more fun with the answer: “We are a couple, just a couple of kids having a good time.”
On Tonight’s Dance:
“We are dancing the foxtrot. It’s Motown week, so we are dancing to Martha Reeves, she’s actually going to be performing while we dance. So, it should be nice, it’s the first time that they’ve done that before,” Derek says.
On ‘The Kiss’:
Derek says: “That was actually Maria’s idea. Here’s how it went down. I was like: ‘Okay, the music’s building up, the music’s going do you really want it?’ Then something has to happen, and I’m like: ‘Well, everybody takes their shirt off, so that’s done and then we can’t just do like a dip or a move, because it’s bigger than that and she’s like: ‘Well, what if I just made out with you?’”
On why Derek always takes his shirt off:
“Because there’s a lot of abs going on this season with the Donald Drivers and the William Levys. I got to try to compete a little bit.” He adds, “It’s tough, it’s tough.”
On Maria’s injuries:
“I think the worst is over,” Maria says, adding, “I broke some ribs, and fractured my foot, and did some crazy stuff. I had a chin, what did you call it?” Derek chimes in: “She just faceplants on to a wooden floor, it was amazing, and painful.” He adds, “She is an amazing patient, because she has been doing everything and anything possible, like Cryogenics.” Maria corrects him: “Cryotherapy. Cryogenics is like a surgery thing.”