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DWTS: Kate Defends "Very Clever" Dance, and Evan Defends Erin

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Evan Lysacek has a skate blade, and he's not afraid to use it to defend "best friend" Erin Andrews.

Also, Kate Gosselin firmly believes her paparazzi-inspired performance last night was "very clever."

(Why are you laughing?!)

Here's what the stars themselves told us last night as we visited the set of Dancing With the Stars...

Erin, whose lawyer revealed this week she's been receiving death threats and sexually explicit emails and phone calls from another stalker, said she's taken solace from her new "family." 

 "When everything went down," she tells us, "it was very upsetting and not easy for me to deal with, but this scenario right now, being with Maksim and all the other dancers, it's like a family when I'm away from my actual family right now. If it had to happen, it couldn't have been better timing."

And in case you didn't hear, Erin is particularly close with Lysacek.

"Erin is one of my best friends, and I hated that I wasn't here with her this week," Evan told us backstage at DWTS. "We've been traveling, but as soon as I got to Los Angeles I've been around her every second for the last two days."

We caught up with Erin and Evan later last night at Hollywood hot spot Industry, and when asked what he'd do to the guy who allegedly sent Erin the threatening calls and emails, he shot back: "I'd take him down, with my skating blade."

Yep, suffice to say the guy does care! Pretty sweet.

Meanwhile, how do we know Kate Gosselin must not own a TV? Because according to America's busiest and most expressive mom, "It is very difficult for me to let go and show on my face how I feel."

That's funny, we were thinking the exact opposite when it comes to those undeniable Kate G. facial expressions (most notably seen here during last week's elimination). Still, Kate swears her paparazzi-tinged paso doble was tougher than it seemed.

"I have to keep how I feel all inside, so once I tapped into that and let go?I was this character," Kate said of that meddling Jon Gosselin/paparazzo inspired jig. "My anger was there, and I felt like the storyline was so appropriate and so real."

"Very clever," she added.

Her partner Tony Dovolani agreed. "Regardless of .what the judges say, I am proud of her. This was a complete triumph," he told us.

Kate did take some time to address current criticism surrounding her decision to join Dancing with so many kiddies back at the homestead, and said: "I don't really worry about what other people say because I know it's me who has to feed my kids and take care of them, so that's where my focus is all the time."

Are you secretly cheering on Kate or hoping this week will be her last? Thoughts on this season's contestants? Chat away in the comments below!

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