updated 10/14/2012 AT 10:20 AM ET
•originally published 10/15/2012 AT 1:50 PM ET
Peta Murgatroyd is a former Dancing with the Stars champion, taking the coveted mirror-ball trophy in season 14 – only her second season on the series – with Donald Driver. The Australia native will be blogging for PEOPLE.com about competing with Gilles Marini in the all-star season.
This all-star season is crazy competitive. There’s a lot more pressure on the pro dancers to come up with amazing choreography each week. Every celebrity has been here before, so they know the ins and outs of the competition. I think Gilles has the talent to go all the way. He’s an amazingly naturally talented dancer. I think it’s going to be a great competition.
I feel like everyone’s got something to offer. Everyone has got their own special thing about them, whether they’ve got a huge fan base or whether they’re just amazing dancers, or they’ve just got this incredible personality and they’re funny.
The athletes have been great so far in the competition: Shawn [Johnson] with Derek [Hough] and Apolo [Ohno] with Karina [Smirnoff]. But it’s so hard to say who will come out on top because Joey [Fatone] and Kym [Johnson] went home the second week, and that was such a jaw-dropper. We weren’t expecting that. Joey was a fabulous personality on the show, and he was a really good dancer.