Shawn Johnson Robs Gilles Marini on “Dancing With The Stars”
For the last three months, I’ve been a bit of an unwitting viewer of “Dancing with the Stars.” I haven’t watched it religiously, I never set my DVR to record it, and I never watched an entire episode from start to finish, but most Monday evenings, I could probably be found tuning in for at least a few minutes. The truth is I watched for one reason and one reason only, and that was to lust over gorgeous Gilles Marini (the “naked guy” from the “Sex and the City” movie). If you’ve caught his dancing this season, you may have been as surprised as I was to learn he didn’t win the title last night. Instead, he was beat — by less than a percentage point — by perky 17-year-old gymnast, Shawn Johnson (the third Olympian to win DWTS — Kristi Yamaguchi and Apolo Anton Ohno are previous season winners). I couldn’t believe it. Sure, Shawn Johnson is technically good, a powerful force of bouncy athleticism on the dance floor, but she lacked Gilles’ sex appeal and effortless grace. And she doesn’t look nearly as good half-naked as Gilles does. Marini has been humble about the experience and genuinely excited about the opportunities it’s presented: “This has been the most surreal, craziest, most amazing experience of my life.” Making it to the finals means “you accept me into this culture,” he said, adding that job offers have been pouring in. Gilles, I have a feeling any culture would be happy to embrace you. Check out the clip — it’s my favorite dance number, starring a shirtless Gilles, and the reason it’s totally clear he was robbed of the title.