updated 04/20/2011 AT 9:35 AM ET
•originally published 04/20/2011 AT 1:45 PM ET
In most competitions, your competitors usually want to see you fail – unless, that is, you are Petra Nemcova.
While the quickstep proved a giant misstep this week for the Dancing with the Stars contestant, her fellow cast members had nothing but glowing praise for the supermodel and tsunami survivor who has dedicated her life to charity work.
“I don’t know how to take [her elimination], because I love her,” former rival Kirstie Alley told PEOPLE shortly after the announcement of Tuesday night’s results. “She’s the sweetest, most amazing, bright spirit in the universe.”
Nemcova’s spirit proved infectious – even at the lowest of times on the show.