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Kate Gosselin‘s fellow hoofers on Dancing with the Stars want to dispel rumors that the mom of eight has alienated the show’s cast, in fact the opposite is true — they’re her biggest fans.

“Kate is awesome! We all love her. She’s so sweet,” Evan Lysacek told E! Online at a Ralph Lauren party thrown in his honor in L.A. last night.

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“She was cheering everyone on. She’s working so hard. I know she was nervous last night but she still looked really beautiful.”

And although reality TV’s most famous parent failed to score with the show’s judges, she’s also a hit with pro Mark Ballas. “She’s been kind, sweet and fun,” he says. “She’s a little bit ‘deer in the headlights’ because she’s never danced before, so all of us are here to help.”

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So, does Bruno Tonioli take back his criticism of her moves? “I was very honest,” Bruno said. “Kate has a problem because she’s not a performer.”

Meanwhile, Mark is enjoying his partnership with Shannen Doherty.

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“She came in and she’s an angel,” he told me. “She’s a sweetheart to me. You know, she’s got balls, but I love that. She knows what she wants. You see the love she had for her father yesterday and it’s really heartwarming.”

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