By People Staff
May 11, 2010 12:00 AM
Adam Larkey/ABC

LEAP OF FAITH: When Erin Andrews launched herself off the stage and onto partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy‘s shoulders during their Argentine tango on Monday’s Dancing with the Stars, “It was the most nervous I’ve seen Maks,” she said. “When I jumped I looked at Maks for a moment and I looked right at Bruno and his mouth was open. It was awesome!” The move was a real crowd pleaser, but it’s unlikely the two will perform it again. In fact, because of the risk factor, they only rehearsed it a few times before Monday. “There were a lot of things that could go wrong with her jumping on my shoulders,” Chmerkovskiy told PEOPLE. “I just wanted it to be over and it was perfect.”

IT AIN’T OVER: Don’t count out Niecy Nash and Louis van Amstel! Despite earning solid marks for their Viennese waltz and ’90s-style paso doble, the pair landed at the bottom of the leader board Monday night. But the Clean House star hasn’t given up hope. “There’s some parts that I haven’t shaken for America yet,” she said after the show. “I am so proud of myself … most women who can hula hoop with a Cheerio would not even attempt to be on Dancing With the Stars.” If Nash makes it through to next week’s semifinals, she promised to wear skimpier attire and no pantyhose. “I was born with a spray tan,” she says, “and I’m not afraid to show it.”

RALLY TIME: Chad Ochocinco and his partner Cheryl Burke have had two great weeks in a row. Is the Bengals‘ wide receiver finally finding his groove? “I’m getting comfortable and if I can borrow someone’s posture for the next few weeks, they won’t have anything to critique,” Ochocinco says. Many of his NFL pals have stopped by the ballroom to see him perform. The feedback, he says, has been wonderful. “The on the outside have a naked eye and they don’t know about dance,” he said. “So anytime they see me doing something other than playing football, they think it looks good.”

ON THE FLY: Six hours before the live show, the wardrobe department decided that Evan Lysacek‘s futuristic costume wasn’t going to cut it. “I had a completely different costume — a black bulletproof vest and it just didn’t work,” Lysacek tells PEOPLE. “It ended up looking like a life jacket, so they scratched it and put this outfit together today. I got here at 10:30 in the morning and by the time the live show started they were set. The hair, makeup and wardrobe departments all came up with this look so fast. They are amazing.”

DRAMA DEPARTMENT: Derek Hough tells PEOPLE that he and Nicole Scherzinger, who received a perfect score for their ’50s-style paso doble, were not balls of stress in the days leading up to Monday’s show. “I wondered how we were going to tie in the ’50s theme with the paso doble. But once we figured that out, we had fun,” Hough says. “We are having a blast! It’s a misconception that there was drama all week. Nicole is hilarious and I hope can see from our dances that we’re having a blast.” –Monica RizzoAdam Larkey/ABC