Chad Ochocinco really appreciates those dance lessons from Cheryl Burke.
On Monday's Dancing With the Stars, the Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver, 32, surprised her with an enormous platinum ring with diamonds. A source tells UsMagazine.com the bling, from Jason of Beverly Hills, costs more than $10,000.
Before handing her the ring, "he said, 'This is a token of my appreciation toward you!'" Burke, 25, tells Us. "At first I was like, Is this even real?"
She says none of her partners have ever given her such a fancy gift.
Heck, "not even any of my boyfriends have given me anything like this!" she tells Us. "Ochocinco likes the bling!"
How many carats?
"A lot!" he tells Us.
He says he wanted to splurge because "she has to deal with me nine hours a day. It's like a marriage, so why not give marriage gifts? I don't spend time with anyone like this -- ever!"
The two earned a 20 for their paso doble. ("The power is back, the presence is back, the determination is back!" yelped judge Bruno Tonioli.)
"The dance was amazing," Burke tells Us. "He did everything I asked for, and he really came out with confidence. This was his dance. He did great, no matter what the judges say, and he gave 100 percent. He did nothing wrong."