updated 11/18/2012 AT 3:00 PM ET
•originally published 11/19/2012 AT 7:45 AM ET
Peta Murgatroyd is a former Dancing with the Stars champion, winning the coveted mirror-ball trophy in season 14 – only her second season on the series – with Donald Driver. The Australia native blogged for PEOPLE.com about competing with Gilles Marini in the current all-star season. The pair was eliminated during Week 8. Murgatroyd has written her final post.
Elimination is always a little disappointing. Gilles [Marini] really wanted to win badly and he was a bit devastated that he got cut. But he’s cool with it now. He’s okay.
I don’t think he expected it. He worked really hard and he’s the type of person who believes if you work hard, you get results. But it’s not always the case with this TV show. Everyone works hard and everyone was amazing. It was such a tough competition, and I believe we were very lucky to have gotten that far.
It’s just more heartbreaking because we had ideas for the next week. We were excited to get started on new things. It’s just not going to happen, but we both have other things to look forward to now.
Gilles had the talent to make it to that final. He is an absolutely amazing dancer. But the show is about votes, and that’s what really killed us in the end.