|By Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith |
Jan 21, 2007
Mario Lopez tells us that although many celebrities are currently vying for a spot on "Dancing With the Stars," his famous friends aren't interested. "They saw how much work I was going through so they said, 'Forget that,'" says Lopez with a laugh.
However, Lopez claims he has no regrets about doing the show, which helped revitalize his career and brought a new woman into his life, his dance partner, Karina Smirnoff. Rumors are still swirling around the "friends," who've been spotted vacationing and even spending together. "She's been busy because she's been doing the tour," Lopez tells us of their current time together. "She's a good friend. She's a great person. I have nothing but respect for her and I think the world of her."
If there is indeed more than a friendship, Smirnoff might not be too happy about the fact that Lopez will be surrounded by many beautiful women as he's set to host the Miss America Pageant, which will air Jan. 29 on CMT.
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