It's never easy to follow up a perfect score, but hunky French actor Gilles Marini came awfully close on Dancing With The Stars Monday night.
Marini played up his considerable sex appeal in a steamy Paso Doble dance that left the audience swooning and the judges impressed.
"That was breathtaking," judge Carrie Anne Inaba said. It almost brought me to tears, it was so passionate .. you bring to life the heart and soul of the dance, and not many people can do that."
All that kept Marini and partner Cheryl Burke from a perfect score was judge Len Goodman's nine, as -- to the dismay of the audience -- he docked the pair a point for the dance being "too hectic."