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By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 04/19/2016 

Dancing with the Stars pro Sharna Burgess can’t help but gush about her temporary celebrity partner Nyle DiMarco with whom she topped the leaderboard and made the audience cry during Switch-Up Week.

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“I absolutely adore him,” Burgess told People of the deaf America’s Next Top Model winner. “I might be a little in love with him. He’s the most incredible man.”

Burgess, 30, was very impressed with how DiMarco connected to the performance even though he couldn’t hear the music.

“He put the emotion into it because he would see the emotion I was putting into my face and body,” Burgess said. “It was fascinating.”

Burgess’ goal was to “make everyone cry” during their Viennese waltz, and they certainly succeeded.

“I meant the audience, not him, myself, [his original partner Peta Murgatroyd] and [ANTM host] Tyra Banks. But I’ll take it!” Burgess said.

The pro dancer then explained how she taught DiMarco the routine having no experience working with a deaf contestant.

“The thing with Nyle is I can’t second-guess what I say. I have to be very clear,” Burgess explained.

“I work with sound and sound effects rather than counts, but Nyle needs the counts so he gets the repetition of the beats and know when to step. I had to go back and figure out the counts a lot. I’ve learned better and more efficient ways to explain things.”

DiMarco has amazed the judges with his musicality and ability to stay onbeat during his performances. Burgess said his dancing skills are thanks in part to his “superhuman” senses.

“His senses of sight and touch are heightened to a degree that most of us will never really understand,” the pro dancer told People. “In the entire dance we only had to have two cues. For the rest of the routine, he could just feel where my body was moving. He could sense my timing around him. It was incredible to watch his internal timing.”

DiMarco will return to his usual partner next week, while Burgess will do the same and resume dancing with Antonio Brown.

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‘Dancing with the Stars’ pro Sharna Burgess: “I might be a little in love with” Nyle DiMarco

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