Dancing with the Stars Divas & Drama

updated 04/05/2010 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/05/2010 01:00AM

THE NAUGHTY ONES

CHAD OCHOCINCO & CHERYL BURKE

Why They May Win

NFL pros (think Emmitt Smith) have traditionally done well on the dance floor. So how are Ocho's chances? "Every day he improves," says Burke.

Behind the Scenes

The flirty star of the Cincinnati Bengals, 32, is cozying up to his competitors (he called Kate Gosselin "beautiful") and his partner. "We enjoy hanging around together," says Burke, 25. "I've never laughed so hard."

THE SECRET THREAT

SHANNEN DOHERTY & MARK BALLAS

Why They May Win

The reputed bad girl, 38, may have met her match in Ballas, a two-time DWTS champ. "You wouldn't want to mess with her," Ballas, 23, says. "But she's very trusting."

Behind the Scenes

Ballas says he'll resort to drugging Doherty: "She gets so nervous she breaks out in hives," Ballas says. "Before the show, I'm going to stick her with a heavy dose of Benadryl."

THE FRONT-RUNNERS

NICOLE SCHERZINGER & DEREK HOUGH

Why They May Win

The Pussycat Dolls' frontwoman "is very musical," says fellow singer Hough, 24. "But she's really goofy, which is not her onstage persona."

Behind the Scenes

Her performing past does not give Scherzinger, 31, an unfair advantage, Hough insists: "Everything she knew about dance went out the window when I taught her."

THE SEX SYMBOLS

ERIN ANDREWS & MAKSIM CHMERKOVSKIY

Why They May Win

During her four years dancing with the University of Florida Dazzlers, Andrews, 31, picked up some serious moves: "She can do the work. She's a perfectionist," boasts her partner.

Behind the Scenes

Chmerkovskiy, 30, has coyly suggested that the pair are "maybe" dating. "Everyone who meets Erin falls in love with her," he adds.

THE DYNAMIC DUO

EVAN LYSACEK & ANNA TREBUNSKAYA

Why They May Win

It's pretty clear that Lysacek, 24, who took Olympic gold for men's figure skating in Vancouver, can perform under pressure. There's just one problem. "He's always trained by himself," says Trebunskaya, 29. "He's still getting used to another body moving with him."

Behind the Scenes

Whether on the dance floor or the ice, Lysacek is facing the same fear, according to his partner: "He's just worried about falling down!"

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