Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Karina Smirnoff
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01/10/2009 AT 03:15 PM EST
Brooke Burke was among those not surprised by the engagement of Dancing With the Stars
' Karina Smirnoff and Maksim Chmerkovskiy.
"You could see the chemistry," Burke, 37, Dancing
's Season 7 champ, told PEOPLE in Las Vegas Friday night. "I'm really happy for them and I hope it works out."
The two professional dancers became engaged
in Las Vegas at Wynn Las Vegas on New Year's Eve.
"They say you're supposed to marry from the block," Burke said at LAX Nightclub at the party for PC.com. "Culturally they have a lot of similarities and a really passionate, steamy love affair going on."
"When those two danced together it was like fire," she said, "It was amazing."
Though Burke is not on the Dancing With the Stars
tour, she said she's kept in contact with a few of her Season 7 cast mates and they are having a great time.
"I just couldn't pack up and leave my kids and do the tour," she said. "But, from talking to everyone, it sounds like they're all having fun."
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