Kelly Monaco & Val Chmerkovskiy: More Than Just DWTS Partners?

Kelly Monaco and Valentin Chmerkovskiy

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updated 10/16/2012 AT 1:00 PM ET

originally published 10/17/2012 AT 5:45 PM ET

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A passionate contemporary routine on Monday night’s Dancing with the Stars made viewers clear on one thing: Val Chmerkovskiy and Kelly Monaco have serious chemistry.

“It’s unexplainable, I don’t know,” Monaco, 36, told PEOPLE on Tuesday, of the connection to her partner, 26. “I think each week, we get a little closer.”

As for Chmerkovskiy, he says he’s “very attached, very protective,” of the General Hospital star.

“Obviously with every week, it gets more and more personal,” he says. “I was raised with loyalty, honesty, camaraderie. Those are the things that I value the most. She’s the person I care about most right now.”


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