5/11/2012

'I love dancing with him!': Maria Menounos and Derek Hough lock eyes while practicing moves in the street

They have gradually been getting closer and closer as they approach the Dancing With The Stars final.

And there is clearly a special bond that has formed between Extra host Maria Menounos and her handsome partner Derek Hough.

Yesterday, the pair locked eyes intensely as they danced at The Grove for an upcoming segment on Extra, the series 33-year-old Maria currently hosts.
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In sync: Maria Menounos locked eyes intensely with Dancing With 
the Stars partner Derek Hough while filming Extra at The Grove mall
Special bond: The pair have gradually been getting closer and 
closer as they edge nearer to the end of Dancing With the Stars
In sync: Maria Menounos locked eyes intensely with Dancing With the Stars partner Derek Hough while filming Extra at The Grove mall yesterday
Special bond: The pair have gradually been getting closer and closer as they edge nearer to the end of Dancing With the Stars
The 26-year-old dancer twirled her as she danced in a short orange, ruffly chiffon dress that accentuated her sun-kissed skin.

While appearing on the program, the dance partners shared a few funny stories about exes before practicing a few dance moves for the cameras.

The couple, who have been romantically linked, were also spotted out lunching with family and friends at The Grove earlier yesterday.

Battle scars: Derek recently tweeted about being 'proud' of his 
brunette partner who has been dancing through the burden of broken ribs 
and a broken foot
Battle scars: Derek recently tweeted about being 'proud' of his brunette partner who has been dancing through the burden of broken ribs and a broken foot
Sportsfan: Maria has said that Derek gets 'a little scared' of how
 'violent' she gets while the pair watch Boston Celtics games together
Sportsfan: Maria has said that Derek gets 'a little scared' of how 'violent' she gets while the pair watch Boston Celtics games together

Last weekend, the pair were seen playing around in the swimming pool at Bud Light Lime 'Lime-A-Rita' Cinco de Mayo party in Las Vegas and looked very cosy together.

Maria looked stunning in a green string bikini as Derek grabbed her and dipped her in the popular dance move.

On the last episode, the Greek-American TV star broke down into tears after their first performance, a Viennese Waltz. And as soon as she faced the judges, she was reduced to tears.

Double duty: Extra host Maria Menounos changed into this belted 
black-and-white dress after her Dancing with the Stars segment
Double duty: Extra host Maria Menounos changed into this belted black-and-white dress after her Dancing with the Stars segment
'I loved the dance, and I love the music, and I love dancing with him,' she said through tears.
Derek, who said Maria looked 'beautiful' for the waltz on his website also tweeted about being 'proud' of his brunette partner who has been dancing through the burden of broken ribs and a broken foot.
Even the judges noticed the emotional connection between Maria and Derek, who often fraternise outside of work hours.


Arms around you: The Extra host was so tearful after after their 
Viennese Waltz last episode she had to be comforted by Hough
Arms around you: The Extra host was so tearful after after their Viennese Waltz last episode she had to be comforted by Hough
Close: The judges said that there was something 'magical' going on
 between the couple following their mesmerising first round
Close: The judges said that there was something 'magical' going on between the couple following their mesmerising first round
Judge Carrie-Ann Inaba noticed that there was 'something magical happening' between the pair.

The couple didn't fare any better with Goodman in the second round either, when Maria slipped into a racy bra and harem trousers to do a Bollywood-inspired samba.

This time the contestants were doing the second round with a twist - a trio round. Derek and Maria were joined by Henry Byalikov, but their samba didn't resonate at all with former ball room champ, who couldn't connect with their version of the quickstep.
Cinco de Mayo: The pair were seen playing around in the swimming 
pool at Bud Light Lime 'Lime-A-Rita' Cinco de Mayo party in Las Vegas 
last weekend
Cinco de Mayo: The pair were seen playing around in the swimming pool at Bud Light Lime 'Lime-A-Rita' Cinco de Mayo party in Las Vegas last weekend
Dirty dancers: Derek Hough gets hands on with Maria Menounos at a 
Cinco de Mayo party in Las Vegas
Dirty dancers: Derek Hough gets hands on with Maria Menounos at a Cinco de Mayo party in Las Vegas
Hanging on a half-shell: Maria shared this cozy tweet of the pair 
getting cute on a turtle statue with her 257,000 followers
Hanging on a half-shell: Maria shared this cozy tweet of the pair getting cute on a turtle statue with her 257,000 followers
The couple ended up with a total of 25 points for the round, with an overall score of 53 out of 60.

The Boston native revealed that she gets 'violent' while watching Celtics' games with the blonde dancer.

'I'm such a die-hard fan,' the Dancing with the Stars contestant recently told People Magazine.
'Derek [Hough] is a little scared. I get a little crazy.'

The sports fan, who famously donned a bikini in New York Giants colors after losing a Super Bowl bet on her beloved New England Patriots.
 

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