Gilles Marini Dishes on Dancing with the Stars

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While Melissa Rycroft continues to garner headlines for her performances on Dancing with the Stars, Gilles Marini - along with partner Cheryl Burke - sits atop the leaderboard after two weeks of the show.

How does the French actor feel about that? He recently spoke to TV Guide:

How does it feel to be on top of the leader board?
The only problem with that is there's only one thing to do — go down. It's a great place to be. It's so much pressure, especially on Cheryl [Burke]. Cheryl's a very tough professional and driven [so] it's difficult for her to go down. So we're gonna try our hardest.

Bump and Grind

You're one of our readers' favorites to win. How does that make you feel?
Wow, very surprised. I would say I'd be second [from the] bottom. Just because people do not understand why I'm on the show because I've never said it yet. It's pretty much paying respect because the country gave me so much. If I can put a smile on Americans' faces, then it's a little way of paying back. Down the line, I'll tell the story why I'm in love with this country and why I wanna be here the rest of my life.

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