By People Staff
November 04, 2009 12:00 AM
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Pass the Luck: Before Aaron Carter performed the jive on Tuesday night’s dance-off, Kelly Osbourne ran onto the dance floor, gave him a hug and a good luck charm. “I said, ‘Wear my lucky bracelet.’ I wear my lucky bracelet every week,” she said, pointing to her beaded bracelet. “My fianc Luke Worrall made it for me.”

Model Curse Broken? Playboy‘s December covergirl Joanna Krupa is excited and thankful to be entering week 8 of the competition. “When I first got here, I hoped to get to week 3 because of the model curse,” she told PEOPLE after the show. It seems every model on the show has been eliminated on or before the third week. In season 1, Rachel Hunter left in week 3; Shanna Moakler was booted in week 2 on season 3; supermodel Paulina Porizkova left the first week in season 4; Albert Reed was eliminated in week 2 the following season; and Playboy model Holly Madison only made it to week 3 last season. Even Kathy Ireland was out early this season! If Krupa doesn’t leave with the mirror ball trophy, she’s at least proven that models can dance.

Flip Flop: Mark Dacascos, host of Iron Chef America, says it was a great experience working with his dance partner Lacey Schwimmer on her show. He hopes she will return the favor. “It’s in the works,” says Dacascos about the possibility of Schwimmer being a guest judge. “I just don’t want anything disgusting,” Schwimmer joked, “like animal organs that shouldn’t be taken out of an animal. I would love chocolate or the secret ingredient is sugar!”

Pre-Game Ritual: Before every show, Michael Irvin and Anna Demidova calm their nerves by running through their routine in a private room. Then, Irvin says, he goes to his trailer to “listen to some sermons. Pray. I say, ‘God, get these feet moving.’ I need prayer and hard work,'” Irvin says. Unfortunately, this week’s ritual was his last since he was eliminated Tuesday night.

Ballas Hough Band Is Back: The Ballas Hough Band performed the first single, “Move,” off their upcoming album Tuesday night. “This is more of a club track and something you can really move to,” says Mark Ballas, one half of the duo that also features Derek Hough. Their performance included a slew of dancers and one of them was a backup dancer for Michael Jackson‘s This Is It film. Hough, who recently saw the movie, spotted the dancer on the big screen and called the movie inspiring. “He taught me to trust my instinct,” he said of Jackson. –Elaine AradillasAdam Larkey/ABC