Jennifer Lopez, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Cheryl Burke

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Cheryl Burke is sounding off on Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Jennifer Lopez's hot new romance!

At Sunday's 2014 Young Hollywood Awards in L.A., Burke opened up about her Dancing With the Stars co-star's love life.

"Maks is a talented, talented young man," Burke told reporters. "He's a great guy. He seems like he's like this hardcore Russian but he's really a sweet, soft big bear. I've known him for 10 years."

Chmerkovskiy has recently been making headlines for his budding romance with Lopez, whom he was introduced to through a mutual BFF.

"I'm not denying that we're all not friends. We've definitely all hung out through Leah Remini, obviously. They're best friends," Burke said of Remini, who competed on DWTS last year.

As for Chmerkovskiy and Lopez as a possible hot new couple, Burke said, "They're beautiful people, yeah. But at the end of the day it's more about the inside. It's more about how they are going to get along and if they match well together. She's so busy, he's so busy, but you never know. But if they fall in love, amazing!"

We agree!

Maks was most recently by Lopez's side when she celebrated her 45th birthday this past Thursday with pals in the Hamptons.

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