Thursday November 29, 2012 02:05 PM EST
Dancing with the Stars: Kelly Monaco & Val Chmerkovskiy Kiss Goodbye
by Michele Stueven
Dancing with the Stars finalists Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy's intense chemistry was buzzed-about all season long.
Now, following their third-place finish in the season 15 finale, they're in for a big adjustment – but not before some final friendly kisses.
"I've spent every day with him for the past three and a half months for 12 hours a day," Kelly Monaco told PEOPLE. "It's going to be super strange not having him around."
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"It made me proud that I'm relevant," he said of his performance with Monaco in the finale. "I became relevant on the show this season because of her. That really meant a lot to me."
And with that, Chmerkovskiy planted several pecks on his partner: "I give her a kiss goodbye ... hello ... see you later," he said between smooches.
"See you in a couple hours," Monaco teased.
She wasn't joking: The pair were spotted arm in arm while out in New York City on Wednesday.