• Cheryl Burke is a 'DWTS' veteran
  • She is now doing very well on her podcast
  • HERE is her latest pearl of wisdom

From intense rehearsals to emotional vulnerability, Burke unveils the secrets behind the show's infamous "showmances."

Cheryl Burke, a seasoned pro of the glittering world of 'Dancing With the Stars', recently dropped some jaw-dropping revelations on her podcast, 'Sex, Lies and Spray Tans'. After dazzling audiences for 26 seasons and snagging the Mirrorball Trophy not once, but twice, Burke knows a thing or two about the passionate encounters that spark behind the scenes.

The Heat of the Dance Leads to Romance!

According to Burke, when you're thrown into the whirlwind of dance rehearsals, spending countless hours in each other's arms, it's only natural that sparks start to fly.

"It's an arranged marriage, and it is black and white. Either love each other or hate each other for real" she quips, highlighting the intense bond that forms between dance partners. "Either love each other or hate each other for real," she adds, emphasizing the high stakes of their partnership.

Burke ended her 26-season run on the ABC dance competition show in 2022. She now admits on her 'DWTS' podcast that she had three "showmances" during her time on the series. The demanding rehearsal schedule requires the pro and celebrity couples to spend an "insane" amount of time together.

The secret ingredient to these showmances? Vulnerability. Burke points out that celebrities are pushed to their emotional limits, sharing parts of themselves they've never dared to with anyone else, not even their spouses.

"It’s so intimate, and you’re stuck with this person," Burke said. "Like, you better try and make it work at least." 

"You get close in so many ways," she continued. "These celebrities are so vulnerable because in order to succeed you have to strip it all down. And that alone? I bet you most of these married celebrities have never even done that with their wives." 

"You’re not like, ‘Oh yeah, he’s cute. Like, no, no, I either like you or I don’t because you’re constantly [together] eight hours a day, seven days a week," Burke said. "That’s insane. For three months?"

"Be single if you do ‘Dancing with Stars.’ That’s all, I’m saying."

Burke recalled that she tried to continue a relationship with one of her partners after the show wrapped, but it just wasn’t going to happen.

When asked if she fell in love with any of her partners, Burke said that her showmances were based on "lust."

Also interesting:

While Burke admits to having her fair share of "showmances," she clarifies that these flings were more about lust than love. "It’s not love, right?" Burke said.

"It is in that moment. Then you’re like, ‘Wait a second, how is this person, like in the real world?’" she questions, acknowledging the fleeting nature of these intense connections.