The judges weren’t the only ones feeling the chemistry between Ricki Lake and Derek Hough during “Dancing With the Stars'” story week.
After earning the season’s highest score to date (27), the front-runner spoke with press, including Zap2it, backstage — where she admitted to almost planting one on her partner.
“I almost kissed him,” she says. “It went through my mind in rehearsal. I was like, ‘What if? Would he get mad? Would that be crossing a line?’ I was thinking, for all of the women out there who are obsessed with this guy… I’m doing it for them.”
Alas, she did not.
Though if Lake sticks around for as long as she seems poised to, an eventual smooch doesn’t seem out of the question. Perhaps as a thank you for helping her get so fit?
“I don’t know,” Lake answered when asked just how much weight she’s lost so far, though she does think it’s more than 15 pounds. “He can tell because he picks me up.”
As of her increasingly toned physique, Lake is almost too busy to work involved.
“You don’t even think about it,” she says. “The diet just happens. We’re covered in sweat 4-5 hours at a time. Whatever he’s doing, I’m going to keep doing it.”
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