Brotherly Love: Aaron Carter
had "the Boys" in his corner Monday night on Dancing with the Stars
-- as in his brother Nick
and the rest of the Backstreet Boys
. The group, whose new CD This Is Us
comes Oct. 6, were on their feet after "little Aaron" performed the show’s first dance of the season
, an admirable cha cha with partner Karina Smirnoff
. Carrie Ann Inaba
remarked that Carter is "all grown up," a sentiment the Boys shared with PEOPLE after the show. "We've grown up with him and still he has that spunk he had when he was six," Howie Dorough
said. Nick, meanwhile, said his little brother "killed it! ... I told him that he needs to remember that it's not how you start, but how you finish."
Come Together: They used to be rivals on the record charts in the '70s, but Marie Osmond
and Jermaine Jackson
teamed up to cheer on Donny Osmond
, whose cha cha with Kym Johnson
received the season's first standing ovation. Later, during the salsa relay dance
, Osmond came out on top, proving he could more than follow in Marie's Dancing
footsteps (she finished third in season five). After the show Donny told PEOPLE that his sister signed some words of support to him before he went on. "We know sign language because two of our brothers are deaf," Donny explained. "She signed to me after my first dance, 'You were great. Smile more.' Osmond says he was touched his friend Jackson could come to the show. "It was so cool to have him here," he said.
Buff Daddy: While most drop weight on Dancing
, pro Tony Dovolani
has been packing on the pounds -- nearly 20 -- since the end of season 8 in May. Dovolani, whose twins turned one
earlier this month, tells PEOPLE he's in training for a role in the upcoming independent film Pumping Up
. Shooting stars in December and Dovolani has been working out every day. "I eat like a horse, five or six times a day, and I drink protein shakes, I eat protein bars," he says. "Right now I'm 192. Usually I'm at 175." In the movie, Dovolani plays "a character getting ready for a bodybuilding competition. He's an Italian guy from Queens."
Injury Update: What's a new season of Dancing
without running down the roster of injuries? Tom DeLay
was diagnosed with a "pre-stress fracture" on his right foot last week. "I'm hurting," said the Texas pol, who changed into special orthopedic booties after the show to keep his toes flat. Like many contestants on this show, DeLay is "doing things he’s never done before in his life. There’s a cumulative wear and tear," his doctor tells PEOPLE. Meantime, Kathy Ireland
is recuperating from a gash she got while surfing in Santa Barbara two weeks ago. Mya
after cutting her hand on, and Carter is seeking treatment after experiencing a bit of knee pain.
Scaredy Cats: The show's opening number was quite the grand entrance as the eight male pros descended from the ceiling on scaffolding. "I was scared wreckless," Alec Mazo
confesses. Even tough guy Maksim Chmerkovskiy
couldn't wait to get his feet firmly on the ground. "I did not like that at all, and Mark Ballas
was shaking and rocking the scaffolding," Chmerkovskiy says. "I am so glad that is over. Never again."
It's Ladies Night: Nerves are building for the women, who will take their turn on Tuesday night. After sitting through Monday's two-hour show, Olympic swimmer Natalie Coughlin
tells PEOPLE, "I’ve been antsy all day." Debi Mazar says when she gets nervous, "I think of what Maks has told me during the rehearsal process." His advice? "Do exactly half of what you do at practice because all of the adrenaline and nerves in your body will bring you back up to 100 percent." Meanwhile, Kelly Osbourne
is trying to keep things into perspective: "I'm just going to go out there and try to have fun." --Monica Rizzo