Carrie Ann Inaba Predicts a 'Love Match' Between The Situation and Karina

09/20/2010 AT 03:00 PM EDT

Chemistry is key on the ballroom parquet and it looks like one Dancing with the Stars team already has it – even before stepping onto the floor.

"Do I smell a love match?" judge Carrie Ann Inaba says in a video interview about this season 11's Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino and his pro partner Karina Smirnoff.

"Maybe," she says coyly, "but that's not their dancing so I won't be judging on that."

Inaba says fans should expect the unexpected when the show kicks off on Monday because of some "mix-ups" with the pairings.



"Rick Fox with Cheryl Burke . . . that's going to be difficult because he's really tall and she's really short," she says about the former Lakers star and two-time DWTS champ.

As for the others, Inaba sees "powerful" potential in Maksim Chmerkovskiy and singer Brandy, while she's bracing for what Corky Ballas might prepare for Florence Henderson.

"I think he's a little cuckoo," says Inaba. "Mama Brady Brunch is very conservative – at least the one I know and grew up and loved!"

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