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Tight-Knit Group: As the dancers continue to get eliminated, the group appears to be getting closer. Throughout the night, celebs and professional dancers were always reaching out to each other and giving hugs and pats on the back. Before the dance-off, Michael Irvin, his partner Anna Demidova, Louie Vito and his partner Chelsie Hightower exchanged big hugs with each other. What? No fights? “I thought about it, but this is a family show,” Vito joked.

A Ghoulish Night: Every Tuesday before the show goes live, the dance floor turns into a dance party for the guests of the show. Since Halloween is days away and it was the premiere of Michael Jackson’s This Is It, guests learned the steps to “Thriller” and performed it all the way through. Derek Hough, a fan of Jackson and who also performed the famous routine last week for the show’s tribute to the King of Pop, watched on from behind the stage.

Cheek-to-Cheek: After the show, judge Carrie Ann Inaba and host Tom Bergeron got a little cheeky. While Bergeron was being interviewed, Inaba walked by and slapped his derri re. Without missing a beat, Bergeron asked, “What about the other one?” Inaba was happy to oblige. “We are family,” she joked.

Iron Man: Mark Dacascos has not forgotten about his day job as host of Iron Chef America. After Tuesday’s show, Dacascos flew to New York to tape his show and his dance partner Lacey Schwimmer planned on meeting up with him on Wednesday. “While he’s working, I’ll be shopping,” she says.

Three Witches: The witches of ABC’s Eastwick were in the studio audience watching elimination night. Actresses Sara Rue, Lindsay Price and Rebecca Romijn were spotted laughing throughout the night. They’re all big fans of Dancing with the Stars, but Rue had a plan if Dacascos got eliminated. “I was told by my fianc that if the guy from Iron Chef went home, to pick up my chair and throw it on the dance floor. Those were my instructions. I’m glad it didn’t happen,” Rue says. –Elaine Aradillas

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