It was 72 minutes long. Also calling it a " romantic" interest is pretty generous considering the deepest it ever got was a few small conversations, some friendly glances, and a dance. I would have agreed with you if the conversations been more hammy or they had kissed but it just didn't feel like it was that huge of a deal. Just a friendly crush that they only briefly and lightly act on. Also like I said the popularity thing probably had something to do with her friends reputations withing there social groups, not to mention there very vocal musical number.