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While Dancing with the Stars partners Louie Vito and Chelsie Hightower have always pish-poshed the nagging rumors they’re in a real-life romance, it looks like their recent elimination from the hit ABC reality competition might have cleared the way for a partnership that’s a little more than professional.

Talking to Louie about the romance rumors after Tuesday night’s elimination, the Olympic snowboarder seemed to indicate to OK! that at the very least, he’d like to be with Chelsie.

“I don’t know. Things might have just split after that dancing right there,” he said. “I should have stepped it up a little bit. I was going for the impression factor, if I could dance better, maybe I’d impress her a little bit more.”

Referring to his kissing Chelsie during their Monday night jitterbug, Louie said, “But at least we got that kiss in before the season was over because I really would have hated to have to unexpectedly put that on her before the season ended, when we were walking out there.”

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When OK! probed Chelsie to find out if she thought Louie was boyfriend material, the dancer remained quiet. Louie, however, spoke up on his own behalf. “She’s afraid to answer that in front of me. I understand,” he explained. “I think I have great boyfriend potential. I have a great personality, I love long walks on the beach, going to a nice movie, maybe some outdoor activities. I really enjoy snowboarding, skateboarding, dancing. I know the salsa, mambo, jive, rumba, Argentine tango, the two-step, even! I have a good resume for a boyfriend!”

So now that their dancing days are done, is more togetherness ahead for the couple? Stay tuned!

By Carole Glines

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