What do you get when you pair two young, single, attractive people on a reality TV show? Dating rumors, of course. And that's exactly what's happening to Dancing With the Stars contestant Hannah Brown and her dance pro partner Alan Bersten.
The dancing duo, who have been frontrunners on the show since its Sept. 16 premiere, have an undeniable chemistry that shows in their routines. And it helps that they seem to get along extremely well — something fans have picked up on from the plenty of heartwarming pre-tapped clips that air on the show and dozens of adorable social media posts. Unfortunately for fans rooting for a romance, they're just going to have to wait.
"We’re focusing on the competition and making the most out of this opportunity and this journey so I’m going to leave it at that," Bersten told Woman's Day in an interview.
Brown, who earlier this year appeared as a contestant on The Bachelor before going on to star on The Bachelorette, said that after appearing on two dating shows, she's not phased by the interest in her love life. But any thoughts of dating her dance partner are not at the front of her mind.
"I think my dating life will always be scrutinized or looked at at this point," Brown said. "Alan and I spend every single day together but we just are so focused on the dance and making sure that that stays our focus. We put in the work, we have fun, we have a great friendship, but I think that this experience is, for me, about me, and him being there to help push me to become a better dancer and that’s where it needs to be."
The two contestants say they have gotten along extremely well, something Bersten attributes to their extremely similar personalities, including the fact that they are both perfectionists.
"I don’t know if that’s always the best," Brown said with a laugh. "I think it’s good but sometimes it is difficult because I already am so hard on myself and he, you know, wants and knows I can get the steps the correct way and so sometimes we will obsess over the littlest thing when I really just need to dance and feel it. So it can sometimes be a struggle but of course it has been what has made some of our best dances so great because we both really care and want to make sure that we are showcasing the very best dance that we can in the time that we’re given."
While dating seems to be off the table, Brown, who has faced some noticeably tough criticisms from the DWTS judges, says that her and Bersten have grown closer each week and are continually learning how to be better dance partners.
"We have silly fun moments, we have moments we do bicker and argue, but then we have really, like, real moments of just learning how to communicate with each other and having a really good time," Brown said. "We’re both young, we’re both learning more about ourselves, and to be able to do that together and just continue to grow each week has been really awesome for us and each week our relationship and our partnership is improving and getting more in sync."
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