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Dancing with the Stars Alexis Ren Alan Bersten ABC

As fans well know, Dancing with the Stars can sometimes become Dating with the Stars. Season 27 is no different. After weeks of sharing sultry dance moves and countless hours of training together -- things can happen. Now, a question looms. Are Alexis Ren and her pro partner Alan Bersten dating?

Fans were thrust into the romantic quandary during last week's episode of Dancing with the Stars. In the segment before they danced, Alexis Ren shared that she has developed feelings for Alan Bersten. At the time, he did not say if he returned those feelings. Fast forward to this week's installment and Alan revealed that he does have feelings for her. The two eventually shared a kiss. Now, the million-dollar question. Is it real or for the cameras?

They Are Definitely Dating

It goes without saying that Alexis Ren and Alan Bersten are the only ones with the true answer to this question. From the outside looking in, there are arguments for why this sudden romance is real.

While some may have been skeptical about their kiss, it appeared genuine. If you are going to go for a fake kiss, you have nothing to lose by going big. Alexis Ren and Alan Bersten's subtle display of public affection indicates it was the real deal.

Sharing a kiss with someone early in a relationship can be awkward enough, without cameras rolling. It makes sense they would hold back. Their kiss is one of the strongest pieces of evidence to support their romance being a reality. Then, there is the obvious question. Why stage a so-called showmance to begin with?

Knowing that their relationship would be met with skepticism is all the more reason not to fake one. You would not want to open the door to the public thinking you are lying. Of course, this is a show designed to entertain people. On that note...

They Are Definitely Not Dating

Dancing with the Stars has been the source of many couples finding love, be it in the long or short-term. When they do, they tend to be shy about talking about it. That could be personal preference though. Some people are more open about their personal lives.

ABC's reality dance competition is just that: a reality show. What happens on reality shows? People "fall in love." As any fan of reality TV can acknowledge -- everything may not always be what it seems. Romantic horseback rides do not happen by accident. They take planning.

Any reality show is subject to storylines, and the package that airs before each couple's dance usually has one. In the case of Alexis Ren and Alan Bersten, theirs has been romance.

Finding real love on a reality show, including Dancing with the Stars, has happened. So, if it ends up working out between Alexis Ren and Alan Bersten, more power to them.

The path to the mirrorball continues! New episodes of Dancing with the Stars premiere Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. As you wait for the continuation of Alexis Ren and Alan Bersten's story, there are other new options to keep you busy.