Nick Viall and Vanessa Grimaldi are (how can I put this delicately?) not the most popular Bachelor couple of all time. Since the finale of the show and their engagement, they’ve seemed pretty lukewarm about each other, and Viall’s past on the franchise raised more than a few questions about the legitimacy and longevity of their relationship.
That’s why Viall’s performance on Dancing with the Stars on Monday is getting a lot of attention. Viall chose 2016 for his Most Memorable Year-night dance, planning choreography inspired by the year he and Grimaldi got engaged. At the end of the dance, he grabbed her for a lengthy onscreen smooch that seems to have inspired some renewed confidence in their relationship.
— LivinParadise (@sabu0711) April 11, 2017
SHIRTLESS NICK WITH VANESSA AND THEM KISSING YES YES YES GOD YES 🔥🔥🔥 #DWTS
— a♡ (@SPlDEYSTYLES) April 11, 2017
But their televised PDA didn’t fill every viewer with the warm and fuzzies. Turns out some people thought it might have been a little too pointed and publicity stunt-esque, because, well, it kind of was.
Me: OH CUTE. He brought his fiancé on stage.
Also me: *watching them kiss for more than three seconds* Okay. That's enough. #dwts
— 𝒥𝑒𝓈𝓈𝒾𝒸𝒶🎄 (@sugarlandfan14) April 11, 2017
damn that kiss had the look of two people saying WE ARE DEFINITELY STILL ENGAGED RIGHT NOW #DWTS
— Laura Cohen (@lauragailcohen) April 11, 2017
I think they're still kissing. #dwts
— Kevin Kempf (@kckempf) April 11, 2017
To their credit, if Viall and Grimaldi are actually sticking it out just for the fame, they’re super-committed. In an interview with Mario Lopez on Tuesday, Viall had a sweet (if maybe a little too well-crafted) answer to whether he and Grimaldi want their wedding to air on TV.
“Vanessa and I are just focused on our relationship — when we decide it’s time for us to take that next step, we’re just going to plan a wedding, and if the show wants us, great,” Viall said. “We’re not really focused on whether it’s going to be televised or not.”
So the jury’s still out on these two. We can only hope they’re happy, whether because they’ve found love or a way to stay in the spotlight.