By People Staff
Updated November 03, 2009 12:00 AM
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Kelly Osbourne was back to her colorful self Monday night on Dancing with the Stars. Last week, judge Bruno Tonioli called her performance “beige.” This week, with her partner Louis Van Amstel pushing her to the limit, she worked through the tears to nail a spicy salsa. “That was brilliant,” Carrie Ann Inaba told her. “You were unafraid of the dance.”

Aaron Carter and his pro partner Karina Smirnoff were another highlight with a high-energy jive that earned them 29 points, including a 10 from sometimes stingy judge Len Goodman. Bruno loved their “unstoppable momentum” and said it was Carter’s “best performance.”

Playboy‘s December covergirl Joanna Krupa and her partner Derek Hough also seemed unstoppable after they performed a romantic rumba that had Bruno calling her a “love goddess.” “You dance at your edge,” Carrie Ann told her. “I love watching you.” They earned 27 points.

Donny Osmond and Kym Johnson‘s quickstep was full of errors but “when you go for it,” Len told him, “there will be mistakes.” Bruno agreed: “Nobody could cover up all the mistakes as well as you did,” he said.

Sadly, the same could not be said for Iron Chef America‘s Mark Dacascos, whose partner Lacey Schwimmer is the latest pro to get hit by the flu. Replacing her at the last minute was Anna Trebunskaya who was eliminated earlier this season with Chuck Liddell. While the judges had compassion for their unlucky situation, they only awarded the pair 19 points. “That was a mess,” Carrie Ann said. “It was completely … disjointed.” Bruno said their samba looked like “Kung Fu Panda doing the samba on the Planet of the Apes.” Ouch!

The night ended with a team dance-off. Team Tango (Joanna and Derek, Kelly and Louis, Donny and Kym) bested Team Paso (Mark and Anna, Aaron and Karina, Mya and Dmitry, Michael and Anna) by earning an additional 28 points each compared to just 24 for the paso performers.

Tell us: Which couple was your favorite of the night? Who deserves to go home?

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