‘Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars’ Gilles Marini ‘Working Harder’ This Time Around (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars is just around the corner, premiering on ABC on Sept. 24, and the contestants are taking these even more seriously this time around.

Gilles Marini, 36, is making sure that he takes home the champion title by enduring even more grueling workouts than before.

The actor told Celebuzz at the In Touch Icons & Idols MTV VMA after party on Sept. 6, “I’m working harder and the first time I worked so hard so I don’t know what I’m going to do.”

What is Marini doing differently to prepare for the All-Star season?

Marini’s dance partner, Peta Murgatroyd, 26, surprisingly isn’t the one cracking the whip during rehearsals. “I go until she says stop which means she usually says stop before I say stop. She was like ‘I’m tired, I can’t breathe anymore,’ and I’m like ‘let’s do more’,” Marini gushed.

All the pressure and hours logged into the dance studio have already taken a toll on the hunk, however. “I hurt my Achilles a bit so I’m putting weight on my left side.”

Marini admitted that even though he got as far as runner-up in season eight with then-partner Cheryl Burke, 28, he’s his “worst critic.”

So what’s different for Marini this time and how is he going to ensure that he wins the dance competition this season?

“My dedication, I’m going to work until the last minute to make it so beautiful that every dance (performance) people will be mesmerized.”


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