The Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy dating rumors kicked into overdrive after the Dancing With the Stars team kissed last week on stage, and now some new information has emerged.
A source says that Parrish, 26, is “falling in love” with Chmerkovskiy, 28.
“What started as a fake relationship is now a real relationship between the two,” the source said.
“The only problem now is that people close to Val are questioning how long he’s in it for. He’s a major playboy and his main focus is to win the show in order to make more money for himself. People close to Val are actually thinking that he’ll drop her shortly after the show is over — win or lose — because he will need to ‘fall in love’ with whomever he is paired with next year.”
The source added to Hollywood Life that many people believe Val is leading Janel on, but they don’t want to say anything because she’s “on an emotional high right now.”
“He is going through the motions and she’s falling in love,” the source added. “It’s a recipe for disaster.”
The dating rumors are always particularly high for DWTS, which features teams that are often close in age and that must work together well and have some chemistry to advance to the final rounds.
Val and Janel are one of five teams left. Three of the other teams feature at least one partner with a boyfriend or girlfriend or husband or wife. Derek Hough and Bethany Mota are the only other teammates that are both single.
Janel did have a boyfriend, Payson Lewis, coming into the show, but they broke up earlier this season, with speculation that Janel’s growing passion and chemistry with Val led to the split.
In any case, both looked pleased after the latest routine and the kiss, despite a small slip up.
“You are still really cute,” Janel said afterward. “It was still a blast, and I still got kissed so it was all good.”
And fans have something to look forward to this week.
“This week we have a paso doble and an Argentine tango. The paso doble is going to be very powerful and passionate, and the Argentine tango is going to be softer and more romantic,” Janel said on her People magazine blog.
“It’s going to be fun and I’m really excited.”