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Since Dancing With the Stars 2013 kicked off with Season 17 this fall, there has been varying buzz about the contestants, ranging from former Scientologists (Leah Remini) to nostalgic dance experiences (Elizabeth Berkley) to big-time injuries (Bill Nye). However, the duo with the most headlines by far is all because of a potential showmance: Brant Daugherty and Peta Murgatroyd.

After being spotted on a date in the park and kissing outside of the studios, it looked like they were caught up in quite a romance, but Peta denied all claims in the October 30 issue of Steppin’ Out magazine’s cover story.

“We're just friends. It happens to me every single season with every partner,” Peta explained. “We're just very close friends.”

This does make sense considering that Brant was quoted talking about having quite a crush on Julianne Hough and wanting to slip her his number. Since she’s single now, too — which she made sure he knew as she guest-judged DWTS — maybe he’ll start charming the “beautiful” guest judge. From the sounds of it, Peta won’t mind. As long as he maintains chemistry with his partner on the dance floor (something they don’t have trouble with at all), it doesn’t matter who he’s actually dating.

In fact, Peta wouldn’t stop raving about him in her interview, saying, “He is a very emotional, sensitive guy and I love that about him. I think that really comes out in the character he portrays every week. He's very serious about it. He comes in early, he's very committed to the competition and I love that about him.” Aww!

What do you think, Dancing With the Stars fans? Are Peta and Brant secretly dating, or are they just friends? Sound off below.

Alyse Whitney is Assistant Editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter and Google+.