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Chad Ochocinco Flirting Long Distance with Cheryl Burke

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Chad Ochocinco is looking for love elsewhere. But he still apparently hopes his Dancing with the Stars partner, Cheryl Burke, doesn’t score with someone else.

“He wishes he was here right now,” Burke told PEOPLE Friday while celebrating her belated 26th birthday at Tao Beach in Las Vegas. “He told me, ‘I know what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but no cheating on me.’ ”

Her response? “I’m like, whatever, Chad.”

Ochocinco, 32, was notoriously flirtatious with Burke during the ABC show, even showering her with gifts like a ring and a heart-shaped necklace on her actual birthday on May 3. They never became a couple, but Burke has a never-say-never attitude about the idea of dating the Cincinnati Bengals football star – if he’s still single after this summer’s Ochocinco: The Ultimate Catch airs on VH1.

“If he doesn’t find love on his dating show, and if I’m still around, then he might still have a chance,” she says.

Though Ochocinco couldn’t join her on Friday, fellow DWTS pals Mark Ballas and Edyta Sliwinska celebrated with her. And for the record, Burke said America made the right decision in crowning Nicole Scherzinger as the winner of season 10.

“Nicole was the best dancer,” she says. “The show is a dance competition, and the best dancer should win.” – Mark Gray