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‘DWTS’ Hookups Between Dancers and Stars Natural Says Cheryl Burke

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“Dancing With The Stars” may be set to take over as prime-time’s most compelling dating show.

The reputation of more overt dating shows “The Bachelorette” and “The Bachelorette” rhas taken another serious blow with the latest news of Emily Maynard and Jef Holm’s breakup, but DWTS star Cheryl Burke says that her show is exactly the place to find love.

All the bumping, grinding and half-naked bodies have both pros and celebrities hopping in the sack like teenagers on prom night.

“When you have two single people in a room and you are spending so much time together, it’s natural to have chemistry and to be curious,” longtime pro Cheryl Burke said.

“All of a sudden you think you are in love because you are grinding on each other seven days a week.”

Backstage love connections happen “a lot more than people know,” pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy has confirmed.

Unfortunately, just as with “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette,” they rarely end well. One celebrity almost left his wife for a pro who had had affairs with as many as four other participants, a source on the show alleges.

“They all fool around with each other. The problem is that many of these people are married. It is disgusting!”

And it’s not just in the rehearsal rom. Contestants often hit the clubs together after a day’s dancing.

Last month, Pamela Anderson fueled speculation of a budding romance when she invited partner Tristan MacManus on a Mexican vacation, during an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”

“Pam is totally into him, but Tristan is madly in love with his girlfriend [Australian model Tahyna Tozzi, 26],” the show insider said.

The show bosses have never set down an official policy on DWTS romances, but maybe they should? They are often the ones left to pick up the pieces when things go wrong. All-Star contestant Shawn Johnson had “a nasty breakup” with pro Mark Ballas after they won the mirrorball trophy in season eight, a source says. “That’s why they couldn’t be paired up again [for the All-Star shows].”

Both parties have denied the affair.

“Us dancers are very touchy feely,” Burke says. “We’re used to grinding on each other. But for other people, that’s not normal. This is why feelings start to happen. They think ‘she likes me.’ ”

The two time champ admits to getting it on with only one of her previous partners. She won’t say who, but insists “it wasn’t a great experience.”

She probably meant disgraced football star Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson, who asked her out in 2010 during a televised interview on “Entertainment Tonight.” She said yes and after the pair was eliminated, Johnson presented her with a $10,000 diamond ring.

“I gave it back to him,” she says. “I felt weird wearing that big diamond that first of all is way too big for my hand. And it sent a weird message. Like, what are you guys engaged?

Maks (32) did get engaged to fellow dancer Karina Smirnoff in 2009, but the romance quickly burned itself out, creating an awkward work environment

“There is bad blood,” he told The Post last year. “I will never speak to that person again.”

Maks, who is currently paired with Kirstie Alley, admits he also “crossed the line” with partner Willa Ford during Season 3. He is now dating Australian dancer Peta Murgatroyd, who recently ended a five-year courtship with “Dancing” pro Damian Whitewood.

Whitewood is reportedly dating Russell Crowe’s estranged wife, Danielle Spencer, a contestant on “Dancing with The Stars” in Australia.

A source close to the show says Maks’ brother Valentin may be the next dancer to date his celebrity partner, Kelly Monaco.

“I truly believe that by the end of the season they will hook up. They are both very emotional people. Right now they want to concentrate on the competition, but they have more chemistry than I have seen in years,” said the insider.

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