Gilles Marini–Gilles was the runner up to Shawn Johnson in Season 8, who we contend won more because of because of patriotism and acrobatics than sheer dance ability. Gilles was one of the first contestants who took the show as a chance to charm a much wider audience than he’d previously been known to, having only really been seen stateside (and fully nude) in the first Sex and the City movie. Leaving something to the imagination on the dance floor only increased his magnetism, and the mostly female audience went wild, as did his pro partner Cheryl Burke, who was clearly enjoying herself that season. Gilles & Cheryl’s Argentine tango was mesmerizing, and we still think he was robbed of that damn mirrorball. (MW)

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