He tweeted that the hardest part of his Week 8 ouster was explaining to his mother that he was done. He also told On the Red Carpet, "I'm going to have to talk to my daughter tonight [and explain] 'Daddy's not going to be on the show anymore.'" It’s particularly hard since he really wanted to win that Mirror Ball trophy to keep in his daughter’s room. But he can teach her a few things from it, he said, like it's OK to lose.
However, he told Zap2it he's having a hard time reconciling things himself. "Sometimes it doesn't take just hard work, it takes something else — and that's something else I will have to find in my life, because hard work just doesn't cut it sometimes."
What went wrong? To Gilles, it wasn't just not enough viewers voting for him. It was also that blasted Week 7 swing dance marathon, when he and Peta Murgatroyd (who kept wiping away tears through the On the Red Carpet video) were eliminated second. "Well, we were pretty much the first ones to go and having to catch up and make up so many points, it's absolutely difficult so you cannot ... Even if I had scored three 10s yesterday, I wouldn't be in tonight,” Gilles said. “The marathon just did it. It did me in."
On the overall scorechart from the past two weeks, Gilles ended up half a point behind both Emmitt Smith and Kelly Monaco. If he had been tapped out just one place later during the swing dance marathon, he would've added a full point to his score. Do you think that could've saved him, or was it more about the fan votes?
Catch a new episode of Dancing With the Stars Season 15: All-Stars on Monday, November 19 at 8 p.m. ET/PT onABC.