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Gilles Marini on His DWTS All-Stars Frontrunner Status: It’s Because “I Have Peta”

With just a week to go before Dancing With the Stars Season 15 All-Stars premieres, a few of the stars have already picked a frontrunner: Gilles Marini, who is paired with Season 14 winner Peta Murgatroyd. But is all that talk really justified?

Gilles himself is the first to admit that he doesn’t really have much to back up his frontrunner status. “They say ‘the frontrunner!’ — something which just makes me laugh,” he tells “It makes me laugh because [Peta] clearly sees every day it takes me like six hours to do one-eighth [of a routine].”

Gilles, who won 2nd place to fellow All-Stars competitor Shawn Johnson in Season 8, is clearly an excellent and skilled dancer, so we doubt that he’s really taking forever to learn the foxtrot again (He’ll be dancing a foxtrot and a jive in Week 1.)

As humble as Gilles is, we have a feeling that his modesty is part of his own game plan. By downplaying his abilities, his competitors will stop thinking of him as serious competition.

But Gilles thinks his real intimidation factor is Peta. “I get it. I have Peta,” he says. “It’s going to be fun.” Hopefully not too much fun. He will have Peta’s boyfriend Maksim Chmerkovskiy looking over his shoulder!

Dancing With the Stars Season 15: All-Stars will premiere on Monday, September 24 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC. Check out the full All-Stars cast list here.


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