Ox Notes: April 16, 2007

Ian Ziering & Cheryl Burke will dance the Samba during tonight’s Performance Show, and Cheryl said at her TV Guide blog that she’s very excited about the music. Could tonight be their breakout performance?

Ian & Cheryl spent Friday night partying with fellow competitors at the Race to Erase MS benefit in Los Angeles. DwtS cast members from the current and past seasons took part in a fashion show, and based on the picture of Drew Lachey near the bottom of this article by Access Hollywood, he’s lucky he wound up on DwtS and not America’s Next Top Model.

Maksim Chmerkovskiy posted at his forum that he’s enjoying the pressure he’s under this season, "because it means that there is at least a chance of winning." He and his partner, Laila Ali, will be dancing the Rumba tonight.

After observing the couples for several weeks, Tom Bergeron offered his predictions on this season’ final four: Ian & Cheryl, Laila & Maksim, Joey & Kym, and Heather & Jonathan. Hmm. No Apolo & Julianne…

Of course, it’s never too early to start speculating on which stars will make the cut for the next season of Dancing with the Stars. Producers are reportedly eager to sign up new L.A. resident Victoria Beckham.

And Kathie Lee Gifford is starting her own Season 5 campaign, even though she said she’s turned down offers to appear on each of the previous seasons, because "she’s been too busy." I always kind of thought of Leeza Gibbons as Kathie Lee, Jr. (a sweatshop knockoff, if you will). I’m not sure there’s a huge demand to see the original model.