Melissa Rycroft

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Melissa Katherine Rycroft-Strickland
Born (1983-03-11) March 11, 1983 (age 31)
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Spouse(s) Tye Strickland (m. 2009)
Children 2

Melissa Katherine Rycroft-Strickland (born March 11, 1983 in Dallas) is a reality television contestant. She participated as a bachelorette on the thirteenth season of ABC's The Bachelor,[1] on the CMT reality TV series Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team and on the eighth and fifteenth seasons of ABC's Dancing with the Stars.[2]

Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team[edit]

Rycroft was a contestant during the first season of the CMT reality TV series Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team. As the first season concluded, Rycroft was selected as one of the 35 Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders (DCC) for the 2006 NFL season

The Bachelor[edit]

Rycroft appeared on the 13th season of The Bachelor as one of the 25 bachelorettes vying for the heart of The Bachelor, Jason Mesnick. In the season finale, Mesnick chose Rycroft over runner-up Molly Malaney, and proposed. Shortly after the proposal, Rycroft and Mesnick split. He went on to date and subsequently marry Malaney.

Dancing with the Stars[edit]

Rycroft took the place of then-Access Hollywood host Nancy O'Dell on the eighth season of Dancing with the Stars after O'Dell withdrew from the competition due to an injury sustained during pre-season practice. Rycroft was partnered with professional dancer Tony Dovolani. She tied for second place for week one's performances. On May 19, 2009, Rycroft finished third on the Dancing with the Stars finale.

Rycroft returned to the show in its fifteenth season as one of the "All-Stars" contestants. She was again partnered with Tony Dovolani.[3] This time, Rycroft and Dovolani became the season champions on the November 27, 2012 results show, winning the coveted mirror ball trophy. [4]

Dancing with the Stars Performances

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Foxtrot/ "Big Spender" 7.0 7.0 7.0 Safe
2 Jive / "Shout" 8.0 8.0 7.5 Safe
3 Samba / "Conga" 9.0 9.0 9.0 Safe
4 Jitterbug / "This Cat's On A Hot Tin Roof" 9.0 9.0 9.5* / 9.5 Safe
5 Tango / "Toxic"
Team Freestyle (Shawn) / "Call Me Maybe"
9.0
9.5
9.0
10.0
9.0
10.0
No Elimination
6 Viennese Waltz / "Why Ya Wanna"
Group Country Western / "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)"
& "I Play Chicken with a Train"
9.5
No
10.0
Scores
10.0
Given
Safe
7 Tango & Cha-Cha-Cha / "Die Young"
Swing Marathon / "Do Your Thing"
10.0
Awarded
9.5
10
9.5
Points
No Elimination
8 Quickstep / "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy"
Paso Doble (Trio Challenge) / "Rumour Has It"
10.0
10.0
10.0
10.0
10.0
10.0
Safe
9 Hustle / "Walk the Dinosaur"
Argentine Tango / Dirty Diana
9.0
10.0
9.5
10.0
9.0
10.0
Safe
10 Samba / "Conga"
Freestyle / I Was Here
Instant Samba / "Life Is A Highway"
10.0
10.0
9.5
10.0
10.0
9.5
10.0
10.0
9.5
Winners


Other shows[edit]

Rycroft and Chris Harrison co-hosted season one of the ABC reality show Bachelor Pad, which began airing August 9, 2010.[5] Her CMT reality show Melissa & Tye, made under the working title, Melissa and Tye: A New Reality,[6] follows Rycroft moving to Los Angeles to pursue her Hollywood career while managing a long-distance relationship with her husband.CMT dropped the show because of very low ratings.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Rycroft was briefly engaged to Jason Mesnick, whom she met on The Bachelor. Mesnick called the engagement off after he admitted he was in love with runner-up, Molly Malaney.

As of 2015, Rycroft is a married mother of two who resides in North Texas.

References[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Donald Driver & Peta Murgatroyd
Dancing with the Stars (US) Winner
Season 15 (Autumn 2012 with Tony Dovolani)
Succeeded by
Kellie Pickler & Derek Hough
Preceded by
Lance Bass & Lacey Schwimmer
Dancing with the Stars (US) third place contestant
Season 8 (Spring 2009 with Tony Dovolani)
Succeeded by
Kelly Osbourne & Louis van Amstel

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