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Are Derek Hough & Maria Menounos dancing toward love?

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Partners share steaming kiss

Derek Hough and Maria Menounos turned up the heat on Monday night's Dancing With the Stars with their steamy mouth-on-mouth kiss. Was that their official announcement that they're a couple? Not so fast...

Derek Hough and Maria Menounos kiss on Dancing With the Stars

Derek Hough and Maria Menounos made their fans' tongues wag when they stopped for a full-on kiss in the middle of their performance on Monday night's Dancing With the Stars. The pair — performing to Ricky Martin's "La Copa de Vida" on Latin night — decided just to go for it, Menounos said after the show.

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"Tonight it was just fun. We thought, 'Let’s just do it.' The song was such a big build up," Hough told reporters after the show. "[I said] 'we have to do something, we can’t just do a dip. Can’t just take the shirt off, everybody does that.'"

"[Maria] said, 'What if we just make out?' I said, 'Uh okay!' " Hough joked.

However, it didn't go over too well with the judges, especially Carrie Ann Inaba. The pretty judge called the kiss a "sell out" and added, "I don't think you needed to kiss."

So, are they dating? It would appear so, but Menounos actually has a boyfriend — and she's been with him for over a decade. Was he upset with the kiss? "Not at all. It’s part of the business. It’s the same as if she was acting in a movie. It’s a role. I’m fine with it, I promise," producer Keven Undergaro told WetPaint.com on Tuesday.

Well, that's good. But 10 years? Why aren't they married yet?

I don’t know. It’s been so long! We work so much and we enjoy each other’s company and we’re really happy with things the way they are. But her parents are Greek. They want the marriage and the grandchildren. They’ve been great sports about it so far, but they’re starting to bring it up more and more."

We never realized that the pretty television star actually had a significant other — she's always at red carpet events alone. Undergaro said it's because he hates attention.

"I don’t do the red carpet. On the rare occasion I go with Maria to an event, I’ll enter from the back or the side. Fame is just not for me," he said.

Will the kiss help or hurt Menounos and Hough during tonight's elimination? We'll have to wait and see, though we know at least one competitor was super into it: Gavin DeGraw.

"It was pretty hot, but honestly I wanted to see a little more tongue action," DeGraw told US Weekly after the show. "But if they are going to go for it, then really you should just go there."

Image courtesy WENN.com

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