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'DWTS': Erin Andrews Has Advice on Maks for Brandy

Former "Dancing with the Stars" contestant Erin Andrews knows a thing or two about dancer Maks Chmerkovskiy -- and she's offering his new "DWTS" partner, Brandy, some dos and don'ts for dealing with the mad Russian.

"The dos: do bring him coffee and a smoothie to practice. That gets him off on a good note," Andrews told "Extra." "The don'ts: don't take any of his bull! He will start to yell Russian expletives at you, and you'll learn them by the end of the season."

The ESPN reporter weighs in on some other "DWTS" contestants. "I like the two athletes, Kurt Warner and Rick Fox. Athletes are so disciplined. Jennifer Grey as well, because of 'Dirty Dancing.' You have to think they're going to do a tribute to Patrick Swayze."

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And what has Andrews been up to since last we saw her twirling on the dance floor? Aside from her day job at ESPN, she's teaming up with Kraft's new campaign, "Huddle to Fight Hunger." "When you hear just how many Americans don't know where their next meal is coming from, it's pretty astounding," Andrews said.

The Huddle to Fight Hunger, which kicked off in New York, is designed to provide 20 million meals or more to Feeding America, the nation's leading hunger relief organization. The campaign will culminate in San Francisco on January 9, 2011, with the first-ever Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, featuring college football teams from the WAC and PAC-10.

To join the effort, visit HuddletoFightHunger.com. "Dancing with the Stars" premieres Sept. 20 on ABC.