Ox Notes: June 25, 2007

Just when you’ve had your fill of talent competitions — thanks to America’s Got Talent, So You Think You Can Dance, The Next Best Thing, and Last Coming Standing — NBC has decided to move up the release date of its musical quiz show The Singing Bee from the fall to July 10 — just so that it can beat the release of Fox’s musical quiz show Don’t Forget the Lyrics by one day.

In other game show news, Rosie O’Donnell says she won’t be taking over hosting duties at The Price Is Right. That narrows the field of potential hosts to a bunch of former Dancing with the Stars cast members: George Hamilton, John O’Hurley, Mario Lopez, and Ian Ziering.

Ian Ziering may be in a bit of trouble, however. Rumor has it that he’s the one who leaked the news that Jennie Garth will be on the next season of DwtS.

In case this summer’s DwtS tour didn’t stop in a city near you, here’s a review of the Dallas performance, as well as an interview with tour choreographer Louis van Amstel.

Finally, Maksim Chmerkovskiy seems pretty disgruntled after three trophy-less seasons on DwtS. In a recent interview, Maks was asked, "If you could have any celebrity in the world as a partner, who would you choose? Who is your ideal?"

Maks responded, "I have no idea, but my ideal situation would be if Len was not judging any more."

You can read the rest of Maks’s response at Lauren Barth’s GlamScene blog.