Steve Wozniak won't be walking Karina Smirnoff down aisle after all
By Christopher Rocchio, 04/20/2009
Karina Smirnoff will apparently be waltzing down the wedding aisle sans Steve Wozniak.
Smirnoff's fiance and fellow Dancing with the Stars professional Maksim Chmerkovskiy has denied that Wozniak -- who competed with Smirnoff during the show's eighth season -- will walk her down the aisle prior to their wedding.
"That's not happening," Chmerkovskiy toldLife & Style Weekly at a launch party in Los Angeles on Wednesday night. "[But] he's a very good friend of ours."
Smirnoff and Chmerkovskiy got engaged on New Year's Eve in Las Vegas before ABC announced she would be partnered with Wozniak for Dancing with the Stars eighth season.
While in the midst of the competition, Wozniak revealed that he had been asked by Smirnoff to walk her down the aisle.
"She said I could walk her down the aisle, and it touched my heart," said Wozniak at the time, according to The Insider.
"That means an awful lot when you meet somebody and you become that close in your friendship and your chemistry that they ask you such a thing," said Wozniak during a post-elimination appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live. "That was a very, very, very important and significant thing to me."
Despite the fact that it now appears Wozniak won't be walking Smirnoff anywhere, Chmerkovskiy said it is still important to the couple for him to be at the weeding.
"Oh, he has to be!" he told Life & Style. "He'd better be!"
While both Chmerkovskiy and Smirnoff are no longer competing on Dancing with the Starseighth season, he said they are still so busy that wedding planning has taken a back seat.
"We need a break for a couple of days to sit down and talk about stuff. It's so hard," he told Life & Style. "Karina's so business-oriented, and so am I. If I catch her in the moment, I'm like, 'Baby can we talk about this?' and she's like, 'Yeah, one second. Let me send this e-mail and answer this phone call.'"