By People Staff
Updated September 25, 2007 12:00 AM
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On Monday night the ladies cha-cha’d and fox trotted around the floor while the men of Dancing with the Stars engaged in some heavy-duty bonding in the audience.

Tonight–the second installment in Dancing‘s three-night premiere–the ladies will take a breather while the men hoof it on the hard wood.

“I’m ready to do it,” soap star Cameron Mathison (left) told PEOPLE. “I think I’m good under pressure with things that I’m familiar with. I am not a dancer, but we’ve put a lot of work into it and I’m ready.” Even after seeing the ladies’ top-notch performances, there were no nerves for billionaire Mark Cuban, who’s been using the show’s dance training to rehabilitate after a recent hip-replacement surgery.

“I don’t know if I’m going to be the best dancer out there, but I guarantee you I will be the one with the biggest smile on my face,” Cuban said.

Monday night’s show turned out to be the “mother” of all shows–literally.

For starters, everyone was jazzed about the news that co-host Samantha Harris had given birth to a baby girl (Josselyn) on Sunday. She was replaced by affable, adorable season two champ Drew Lachey.

Then, with exception of Cheetah Girl Sabrina Bryan, it was all about the moms getting their grooves on. 90210 alum Jennie Garth went first. Bruno Tonioli called her a “yummy mommy,” as her husband Peter Facinelli, and their 10-year-old daughter Luca Bella watched from the sidelines.

She was followed by Marie Osmond, new mom Mel B, and Jane Seymour, whose husband and five kids were in the audience cheering her on.

“I didn’t dare look at them,” Seymour says of her family. “I felt so much love and support from them. I love watching my kids play baseball and they get up on the mound and they pitch and I’m there. … Here it’s like I’m on the mound and they are watching me and they are the mom. They see me in training, they see me in the kitchen doing the mambo moves while I cook breakfast.”

All received rave reviews, solid scores and big applause from the audience. But it was Bryan, who cha cha cha’d her way to the top of the leader board. The standing ovation she and partner Mark Ballas (new to the pro-dancer cast this season) delayed the show about five seconds.

And then there was Josie Maran, whose fox trot could well be her swan song.

“I always got through life just being me, but for this you have to be an athlete and that takes a lot of work and strength,” she said. –Monica Rizzo

Tell us: Which of the guys are you rooting for tonight?

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