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Mario Lopez: I'd be honored to dance with ex-girlfriend Karina Smirnoff


By Christopher Rocchio, 07/15/2008 

Mario Lopez is apparently pining for Karina Smirnoff -- but only as his former Dancing with the Stars professional partner and not as his ex-girlfriend.

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"I love dancing and she's the best partner and the best teacher, and I'd be honored if she would dance with me," Lopez told People on Monday.

The Dancing with the Stars third-season couple -- who finished second to Emmitt Smith and his professional partner Cheryl Burke -- called it quits on their romantic relationship last month after more than 18 months of dating.

A week after their split, current I Survived a Japanese Game Show contestant Megan Cooper claimed she had a romantic relationship with Lopez away from the public eye for almost a year -- at the same time he was dating Smirnoff. A Lopez rep subsequently declined comment on Cooper's allegations.

Despite the accusations of infidelity, Lopez said "everything's all good" between himself and Smirnoff.

In addition, Lopez said he hasn't had much time to date since he's currently starring in A Chorus Line on Broadway and hosting Randy Jackson Presents: America's Best Dance Crew, which is in the midst of its second season on MTV.

"No, unfortunately I haven't had a chance [to date]. I've just been working. I'm just dating my Broadway show and my book," he told People.  "I'm not looking for Miss Right right now. I'm just sort of working on becoming Mr. Right. Make sure it happens. It's going to happen."

There are presumably plenty of women who wouldn't mind waltzing with Lopez, who was recently named People's "Hottest Bachelor."

"People come up to me and ask me to sign it a lot," he told People about the magazine's issue.  "[They say] 'What were you thinking?' And 'how did it feel?' And 'you're naked!' And 'oh my gosh!' And 'my mother and my grandmother, they put it up in their room.' And it's funny. I didn't think it was going to cause such a big stir."

(Photo credit ABC)


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