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Sherri Shepherd: I Never Danced With Val or Maks Before DWTS Cast Announcement

Sherri Shepherd used her spot on The View today to shoot down new rumors that she practiced with either Val Chmerkovskiy and/or Maksim Chmerkovskiy at their dance studio months before the February 28 Dancing With the Stars Season 14 cast announcement that paired Sherri with Val.

“We have never, I say never, we’ve never danced together,” Sherri said on The View (via the New York Daily News). “I’ve never danced with Maks, I’ve never danced with Val." However, she did clarify that she loves dancing and had taken classes at one of the brothers’ dance studios. “This started long before I started negotiations with Dancing With the Stars.” Sherri said she took dance lessons before her wedding to Lamar Sally last August.

RadarOnline had said Sherri had been spotted this past December at the Soho Studio owned by the Chmerkovskiy brothers and Maks was there at the same time. PureDWTS reported in December that they saw a photo of Sherri and Val go up at Dance With Me's website but it was taken down.

Since Sherri is still tweeting about dancing on Monday’s Season 14 premiere it doesn’t sound like the allegation that she “cheated” is being given any credence by the DWTS brass. We’re definitely hoping Sherri & Val keep on keepin’ on since we already picked them to win this season. We’d love to have one of our pre-season predictions actually be right!

Dancing With the Stars Season 14 premieres Monday, March 19 at 8 pm ET/PT on ABC.

Sources: New York Daily News, E! Online, Radar Online, PureDWTS

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