11:21 PM EDT 10/16/2013
Originally posted 10/29/2012 05:00PM
Peta Murgatroyd is a former Dancing with the Stars champion, winning the coveted mirror-ball trophy in season 14 – only her second season on the series – with Donald Driver. The Australia native will be blogging for PEOPLE.com about competing with Gilles Marini in the current all-star season.
Our group "Gangnam Style" dance was the highlight for all of us last week. It was ridiculous. Maks [Chmerkovskiy] was in charge of most of it. We had two big group rehearsals, and for the rest of it, we worked around our schedules on our own time. We had to come up with the concepts, but Maks gave us the towel theme.
Originally posted 10/23/2012 10:20AM
Hunk to the rescue.
Hottie Gilles Marini, 36, knocked a judge right out of her seat – literally – on Monday's Dancing with the Stars. But luckily he was there to catch her fall.
The DWTS contestant's moves overtook judge Carrie Ann Inaba, and as she praised the French actor's sexy moves – "Let the baby making begin," she said – the excited judge, 44, suddenly slipped from her perch at the judges' table.
Proving chivalry (even on the dance floor) is not dead, Marini, partnered this season with pro Peta Murgatroyd, quickly swooped in to scoop her up Inaba in his tanned and chiseled arms.
Originally posted 10/22/2012 09:40AM
Peta Murgatroyd is a former Dancing with the Stars champion, winning the coveted mirror-ball trophy in season 14 – only her second season on the series – with Donald Driver. The Australia native will be blogging for PEOPLE.com about competing with Gilles Marini in the all-star season.
Gilles and I did unexpectedly well last week. It was such a stressful week for both of us that coming out with three 10s in the end was pretty amazing. When I heard the scores, I had my hands to my face and I was just like, "Oh, my gosh, I can't believe they whipped out those 10s." I didn't think they were going to give 10s until week six or seven. It was a huge surprise and a huge relief, because it meant all the hard work has paid off.
Originally posted 10/17/2012 07:30AM
One night after Bristol Palin convinced partner Mark Ballas to forgo matching bunny costumes on Monday's Dancing with the Stars, the pair was eliminated.
Ballas, 26 – who after his dismissal told reporters backstage that he was "dead serious" about dressing up as an animal pair – doesn't regret Palin's decision to play it safe, but he also points out that taking a risk with what to wear could have possibly prolonged their time in the competition.
"Hey, you can guide a horse to water, but you can't make it drink," he says.
Originally posted 10/15/2012 10:10PM
With last week's double-elimination behind them, the remaining nine couples on Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars were forced to perform a dance selected for them by one of their competitors.
And they had a famous face on board to assess them this week.
Paula Abdul joined the judges panel alongside Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba for the night. Naturally, she brought her characteristic good cheer to the ABC show – and she notably awarded one of the season's first perfect 10s to Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd for their Bollywood-themed routine.
The couple also received 10s from Bruno and Carrie Ann, who told them, "Aladdin has nothing on you, Gilles Marini." Only Len was a holdout, though he gave the pair an impressive 9.5.
Originally posted 10/15/2012 01:50PM
Peta Murgatroyd is a former Dancing with the Stars champion, taking the coveted mirror-ball trophy in season 14 – only her second season on the series – with Donald Driver. The Australia native will be blogging for PEOPLE.com about competing with Gilles Marini in the all-star season.
This all-star season is crazy competitive. There's a lot more pressure on the pro dancers to come up with amazing choreography each week. Every celebrity has been here before, so they know the ins and outs of the competition. I think Gilles has the talent to go all the way. He's an amazingly naturally talented dancer. I think it's going to be a great competition.
I feel like everyone's got something to offer. Everyone has got their own special thing about them, whether they've got a huge fan base or whether they're just amazing dancers, or they've just got this incredible personality and they're funny.
Originally posted 10/11/2012 12:35PM
Great looks, all the right moves, and he's still insecure?
Gilles Marini, a fan favorite and likely finalist on Dancing with the Stars, tells PEOPLE that he was so sure he'd be eliminated after Monday night's show that he needed to fortify himself.
"I opened a $400 bottle of wine," the handsome French-American actor, 36, said on Wednesday. "I didn't even pour it in a glass. I drank it right from the bottle!"
Originally posted 10/08/2012 10:00PM
Having to recreate an iconic dance from past seasons of Dancing with the Stars proved difficult – but fun – for the All-Stars on Monday.
With creative direction left to the nonprofessionals, the third week of competition had many highs and a few lows for the contestants.
Drew Lachey and Anna Trebunskaya kicked off the evening with a cha-cha to Beyoncé's "Crazy in Love." Determined to deliver a sexy rendition, the duo succeeded with a score of 24 and judge Bruno Tonioli compared the performance to Magic Mike. "If it's going to work for Channing Tatum, it's going to work for you!" he said.
Originally posted 10/05/2012 06:00AM
Dancing – and gaming? – with the stars?
Bristol Palin, Gilles Marini, Karina Smirnoff, Jef Holm, Holly Madison and more celebrated the launch of Ubisoft's Just Dance 4 at Lexington Social House in Hollywood on Tuesday.
Fresh off the set of Dancing with the Stars , Marini challenged fellow all-stars contestant Palin to a dance off, but she refused.
"No! He'll beat me! Gilles has the best moves!" she said.
Bachelorette winner Holm was more than up for a challenge! He took on both DWTS' Karina Smirnoff and Pretty Little Liars star Ashley Benson.
Although he attended the event without fiancé Emily Maynard, he assured everyone their relationship remains strong despite breakup rumors.
"Jef said he and Emily are extremely happy and the rumors are false," an onlooker said.
A pregnant Madison also got in on the fun and was overheard talking about possible baby names.
"The names she and boyfriend Pasquale Rotella are debating are definitely unconventional," a source says. "But they're straying away from anything trendy or common most people would choose."
– Melody Chiu
Originally posted 10/02/2012 12:55PM
They've been dating for months. But in the ballroom, Dancing with the Stars pros Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Peta Murgatroyd are rivals who have a job to do – and that means putting personal feelings aside and trying their best to win.
"It's great. It's healthy competition," Murgatroyd, 26, tells PEOPLE of squaring off against Chmerkovskiy in the current all-stars season, with her partner Gilles Marini. "I want to win again. He wants to win. But you know, I don't care about that. He doesn't care that I want to win. We all want to win!"
The key, she adds, is not to let the rivalry affect their downtime together.
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