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"To have every reporter ask if they're in a relationship is just a tribute to what they were able to produce on the dance floor." PHOTOS: Hollywood's platonic pairs Indeed, judge Bruno Tonioli said in part one of the finale on Monday, May 19, that Chmerkovskiy and Davis' performances throughout the season were like different chapters in the same great love story."In the last few weeks, your dances seem to be developing and linking into a storyline that is almost like watching the dance version of a concept album," he raved from the judges' table after their perfect-scoring freestyle routine."It is a story that continues, evolves, ever more stunning, ever more beautiful, ever more surprising.
But the Ukrainian performer had nothing to worry about.
Chmerkovskiy gave her high marks on both performances, and following her second dance -- the rumba -- he had some especially kind words "I think you have a huge advantage in this competition," he said to Bleu.
"You have what I consider to be Top 5 best female dancers of all time." PHOTOS: Before they were on DWTS Touched by her ex's words, Smirnoff left Bleu's side and ran up to the judge's table to give Chmerkovskiy a kiss on the cheek.
PHOTOS: All of the season 18 contestants Speaking about her ex's chemistry with Olympic ice dancer Davis, 27, both on and off the dance floor, Smirnoff likened it to "when you go to the movies and you see a romantic scene that you believe so much that you kind of believe that they could be a couple in real life." It's "great acting," she explained to Us Weekly at the finale party in Beverly Hills on May 20.
"When you're on the dance floor..want to create that story, you want to create something where people believe that what you demonstrated was real," she continued.
"And [Maks and Meryl] were able to do that." competitor Charlie White, offered a similar explanation.
"You know, Meryl and I got [those rumors] a lot coming out of the Olympics, because what you create artistically is something that people want to believe," he told Us, noting Chmerkovskiy's "amazing talent" for choreography.
But loyal fans of the ABC competition show got a special treat when former flames Karina Smirnoff and Maksim Chmerkovskiy were reunited.
Smirnoff, 35, is a current pro on the show, who along with partner Corbin Bleu is heading to this season's finals.
Chmerkovskiy, 33, used to be a pro on the show, and, despite a somewhat heated exit from the show in 2012, returned on Nov. The seasoned dancers were engaged from December 2008 to September 2009 before amicably splitting.
PHOTOS: Jaw-dropping DWTS makeovers So Smirnoff was clearly anxious to dance in front of her ex on Monday night.Tags: Adult Dating, affair dating, sex dating