Cristian De La Fuente

Mark Sullivan/

Just call it Surgery With the Stars.

Cristián de la Fuente may have injured himself pretty badly earlier this week on Dancing With the Stars, but he insists the show will go.

“This Monday we will be dancing,” de la Fuente said last night at the15th annual Race to Erase MS gala benefiting the Nancy Davis Foundation for Multiple Sclerosis in Los Angeles. “We have the tango and the mambo.”

Even so, de la Fuente will eventually undergo surgery. “They have to reattach the tendon to the bone,” he said. “They put you to sleep, do the surgery and then you have a month and a half recovery.”

Fellow DWTS contestant football star Jason Taylor is lending a hand, too.

“He called the Miami Dolphins, and they sent two braces,” de la Fuente said. “It’s with metal so that helps the arm not move into a direction I don’t want it to.”

Meanwhile, Derek Hough gushed over his maybe-girlfriend Shannon Elizabeth. “It’s undeniable we have great chemistry,” he said. “I mean, every day we find something. We’re like the same person. It’s really funny. She makes the same silly voices that I do and I’m like, Wait! You make that, too?"

Also part of the serious fun at the the Race to Erase MS benefit at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza: a Tommy Hilfiger celebrity fashion show and a live auction emceed by Lisa Rinna and Harry Hamlin—where a shopping and lunch date with Paris and Nicky Hilton went for $14,000. That's what we call putting the super in superficial. Kudos to all.

—Additional reporting by Laura Lane

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