AceShowbiz - %cSharna Burgess% and %cBonner Bolton%'s chemistry is so obvious on "Dancing with the Stars" dance floor and it has sparked rumors that they're dating. While the pair have insisted that they keep it professional during the competition, a recent sighting of the duo only fuels the romance rumors.
The pro dancer and the professional bull rider were reported to have a flirty bar outing on Tuesday night, March 21. The two were spotted getting close with Bonner wrapping his arm around her shoulder and whispering into her ear during the night out at Cowboy Palace Saloon in Los Angeles.
"He seems especially doe-eyed-and she certainly doesn't seem to mind the attention," an onlooker tells E! News of the two's possible date night. They were smiling as they practiced their moves on the dance floor.
Appearing on Extra TV, Sharna and Bonner addressed both the dating rumors and the "handgate", in which Bonner was caught on camera with his hand around Sharna's crotch backstage of "DWTS" in the season premiere. "I was watching Peta [Murgatroyd] and Nick [Viall] up there and I really had no idea," Bonner explained. "I knew it was her that bumped into me and I put my arm around her and I was turned to watch the TV screen and I felt her push my hand away and honestly had no idea."
Sharna defended her partner, "You can see when I move his hand that he had no idea where it was. He has no reaction and it was such an innocent mistake that was truly blown so far out of proportion... I didn't think anything of it. I also didn't think the cameras were right on us at that point either until I saw my Twitter feed blow up... He was mortified."
Bonner added, "I have all the respect in the world for my dance partner on and off the dance floor. She is a great teacher, and it was an honest mistake."
When asked if they're an item, Sharna joked, "That would be one way to announce it, wouldn't it!" She and Bonner then set things straight as stating, "We are not a couple."
However, on Monday night after the show, Bonner admitted that he was mesmerized by Sharna's charm. "I was telling her before we started tonight, 'I can't look at you for too long. I might get distracted. That's why I might miss some of my steps.' She's obviously beautiful," he told PEOPLE.
Sharna insisted though, "Look, we have a lot of chemistry and we have a lot of fun, but first and foremost we are trying to do a really great job in this competition. I want Bonner to be around until the end and I want to take this man to the finale. That is our priority. Everyone is making a lot of our really obvious chemistry."
"DWTS" airs Mondays at 8 P.M. on ABC.