Top 5 DWTS Couples With Surprising Chemistry

Top 5 DWTS Couples With Surprising Chemistry
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These Dancing with the Stars duos prove that practice makes perfect.

Over the thirty-two seasons that Dancing with the Star has been on the air, the beloved competition has seen many beautiful and talented couples. For instance, the most recent installment of the show featured a fierce competition between Xochitl Gomez/Val Chmerkovskiy and Jason Mraz/Daniella Karagach, who were both adored by viewers for their seemingly amicable relationships. But while some contestants hit it off, others take time to open up to each other and develop some truly remarkable chemistry.

Here are just five DWTS duos who surprised viewers with the chemistry they developed during their respective seasons.

Amber Riley and Derek Hough (Season 17)

The crowned winners of DWTS' seventeenth season didn't seem like a match made in heaven at first. The shy Amber and the boisterous Derek were like ice and fire. Nonetheless, the Glee star and the show's celebrated pro dancer galloped through the season, wowing audiences and judges with their electrifying rapport and flawless technique.

Meryl Davis and Maks Chmerkovskiy (Season 18)

The winners of Season 18 of Dancing with the Stars, this duo seemed to lack chemistry at the beginning of the season. However, the Olympic ice dancing champion and the DWTS veteran managed to find common ground and develop a truly professional relationship. As a result, their performances were clean, intriguing and full of emotion.

Ginger Zee and Val Chmerkovskiy (Season 22)

Initially, things were rocky between Chmerkovskiy's other pro on the show and his celebrity partner, Good Morning America meteorologist Ginger Zee. But over the course of Season 22, the two experienced an anticyclone that brought warmth to their relationship. Although they finished in third place, DWTS fans recognized Val and Ginger's chemistry.

Shangela and Gleb Savchenko (Season 31)

One of the least fan-favorite seasons of Dancing with the Stars gave us another couple who surprised viewers with the chemistry they developed. The RuPaul's Drag Race star and one of DWTS' most popular dancers didn't seem to hit it off at first. But as the thirty-first season progressed, the duo proved everyone wrong, eventually finishing in fourth place.

Barry Williams and Peta Murgatroyd (Season 32)

The beloved Brady Bunch actor and the two-time DWTS winner were the darlings of fans during the most recent season of the popular competition. Although they seemed worlds apart, this duo managed to develop an awe-inspiring rapport that translated into their captivating performances. And despite being eliminated mid-season, this couple will be remembered by viewers for their infectious chemistry.