Maksim Chmerkovskiy & Peta Murgatroyd: We Leave the Competition in the Ballroom

Maksim Chmerkovskiy & Peta Murgatroyd

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updated 10/02/2012 AT 11:00 AM ET

originally published 10/02/2012 AT 12:55 PM ET

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They’ve been dating for months. But in the ballroom, Dancing with the Stars pros Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Peta Murgatroyd are rivals who have a job to do – and that means putting personal feelings aside and trying their best to win.

“It’s great. It’s healthy competition,” Murgatroyd, 26, tells PEOPLE of squaring off against Chmerkovskiy in the current all-stars season, with her partner Gilles Marini. “I want to win again. He wants to win. But you know, I don’t care about that. He doesn’t care that I want to win. We all want to win!”

The key, she adds, is not to let the rivalry affect their downtime together.


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