Alexis Ren and Alan Bersten’s bad showmance is a big turnoff, ‘Dancing with the Stars’ fans say

Alexis Ren and Alan Bersten‘s “Dancing with the Stars” showmance is an affair to forget for our readers. In a recent poll, 59 percent say they’re not into this seemingly forced relationship and don’t buy it at all.

The showmance narrative is one of “Dancing”‘s go-to moves, especially when the show wants to pimp a contestant. There have been good ones (Robert Herjevac and Kym Johnson, who became a real romance and have since married and had twins) and bad ones (Erin Andrews and Maksim Chmerkovskiy) over the years, but Operation Renten has been beyond heavy-handed and desperate.

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After repeated mentions of Ren and Bersten’s chemistry — a classic case of “the lady doth protest too much” — the show kicked the showmance into gear last week before giving Ren the keys this week to drive it home. Her “I have developed feelings for Alan” talking head and their couch conversation — partially filmed through a freaking doorway crack — felt rehearsed and all-around cringe-worthy. Bersten doesn’t even want to play along, deflecting questions and saying he needs to be “100 percent certain” of his feelings before he says anything, which is very reasonable.

But the remaining 41 percent ship Renten. Two good-looking twentysomethings being attracted to each other kind of sells itself. Plus, it completely understandable for pairs to start crushing on each other after spending so much time together in body contact. But how much of it is real and how much of it is just amplified by being on the show?

Now that Ren’s “feelings” are out there, you can bet on this being a storyline every week until she gets eliminated. And Bersten will continue to have to come up with new ways to say “no comment.”

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