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 1

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.[3] Rycroft remained on the DCC squad through the 2007 NFL season till quitting later in the season. Rycroft cites her reasons for quitting the squad as being related to her depression over her unhappy relationship with Tye Strickland, and what she described in her book as cruel treatment from various girls on the DCC squad, whom she described as "mean girls."

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 to her. A euphoric Rycroft accepted and said she was the "happiest woman in the world." Rycroft wore a flowing "muu muu" style gown in a bright yellow shade. Rycroft wept as Mesnick put an engagement ring on her finger and then spun her round and round which was televised from an aerial viewpoint from a helicopter. However, following the episode, ABC aired the historic and world wide viewed After the Final Rose (Part One) episode, which was taped six weeks after the season finale episode. It was then, in a shocking moment for the Bachelor, and in front of millions of viewers, that Mesnick rejected, explaining he did not wish to marry her. Rycroft was enraged and repeatedly demanded that Mesnick reveal what had "changed." Rycroft would later reveal in her memoirs that the televised breakup was greatly humiliating.[4] Rycroft later revealed in her memoir that she had never loved Mesnick and had only participated on the show due to frustration with now husband Tye Strickland, as he had refused to commit to a permanent relationship with Rycroft. This prompted controversy from some viewers who felt that Rycroft had unfairly tarnished Jason Mesnick's image, and portrayed herself as a victim deceptively.

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's participation on the show was not without heated controversy as some viewers opined that Rycroft was unfairly receiving "sympathy votes" from the public who felt sorry for jilted Rycroft.

Rycroft returned to the show in its fifteenth season as one of the "All-Stars" contestants. She was again partnered with Tony Dovolani.[5] This time, Rycroft and Dovolani became the season champions on the November 27, 2012 results show, winning the coveted mirror ball trophy. [6] Their win, however, was met with controversy. Many viewers believed that season's runner-up, retired Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson, to be the superior dancer and performer, and that Rycroft's win had been "rigged", due to production manipulation. [7]

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.[8] Her CMT reality show Melissa & Tye, made under the working title, Melissa and Tye: A New Reality,[9] follows Rycroft moving to Los Angeles to pursue her Hollywood career while managing a long-distance relationship with her husband, Tye Strickland. CMT dropped the show because of very low ratings, though the show had been popular with Rycroft's fans.[10]

Melissa was a guest model on CBS's The Price Is Right during the week of October 7–11, 2013.[11][12][13]


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. Mesnick explained that he had tried to remain true to his proposal to Rycroft, but that he could not proceed with the engagement as he and Rycroft were not suited to one another. Both Rycroft and Mesnick explained that the relationship was entirely different off-camera.[14] Emotionally shattered and heartbroken, Rycroft returned to Tye Strickland, whom she had had a casual relationship on and off with for a number of years. Strickland accepted Rycroft's return to him, and asked her to marry him. Rycroft later admitted in her memoir that she had always been in love with Tye Strickland, and only was prompted to appear on Bachelor by Strickland's repeated rejections of her pleas for permanency. Furthermore, Rycroft would claim that the Bachelor show was set up to disorient participants, creating a pseudo reality where beautiful surroundings, glamour, and vacation settings serve to make women fall in love with the bachelor. Rycroft coined this condition as "The Bachelor Bubble."[15] In June 2009 she announced via Twitter that she and Strickland were engaged.[16] They married on December 12, 2009, in Mexico.[17]

Rycroft has battled severe post-partum depression after the birth of daughter Ava Grace Strickland. Rycroft explained that she had been reluctant to discuss her condition as she was loathe to be compared to another famous sufferer of PPD: Andrea Yates, who had drowned her five children in a bathtub in Texas. Rycroft said she simply couldn't find her typical "happy place," and that "nothing" served to "make her happy anymore." Rycroft said she recovered by talking with friends and family and through talk therapy.

Rycroft has also done photo shoots for Maxim magazine, a men's magazine.

On October 20, 2010, Rycroft announced on CBS's The Talk that she was pregnant and was having a baby girl.[18] On February 16, 2011, she gave birth to the couple's first child, daughter Ava Grace Strickland.[19]

On October 22, 2013 she announced via Twitter that she was expecting her second child, due in Spring 2014.[20] On November 14, 2013, the couple announced that they were expecting a baby boy.[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Melissa Rycroft Biography from "The Bachelor"". ABC.com. 2009-01-14. Retrieved 2009-03-11. [dead link]
  2. ^ http://blog.sitcomsonline.com/2013/06/seven-questions-with-melissa-rycroft-of.html
  3. ^ Miller, Korin (2009-03-08). "Melissa Rycroft to compete on "Dancing with the Stars"". New York: NYDailyNews.com. Retrieved 2009-03-08. 
  4. ^ Bachelor Jason Mesnick picks Melissa Rycroft, and then Molly Malaney
  5. ^ 'Dancing with the Stars': Bristol Palin, Kirstie Alley return for all-star edition
  6. ^ "'Dancing With the Stars' crowns a winner". USA Today. Retrieved 28 November 2012. 
  7. ^ "DWTS Finale Show Scandal – Fixed To Give Melissa Rycroft the Title of Winner and Mirror Ball Trophy?". 
  8. ^ "Melissa Rycroft and Chris Harrison Team Up for Bachelor Pad". People Magazine. 
  9. ^ Melissa Rycroft, Jennie Garth land CMT reality shows
  10. ^ "New Premiere Times for CMT Series "Jennie Garth: Little Bit Country" and "Melissa & Tye"". CMT press release via TheFutonCritic.com. March 13, 2012. 
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  14. ^ Rycroft revealed in her memoir, My Reality, that her engagement to Mesnick consisted of a shared holiday, and thereafter only phone calls, and that they had only been together in person for a few days.'The Bachelor' star Jason Mesnick defends his flip-flopping decision
  15. ^ Ex-'Bachelor' and 'Dancing' star Melissa Rycroft confirms engagement
  16. ^ Anna Diamond (June 30, 2009). "Melissa Rycroft Is Engaged". TVGuide.com. Retrieved 2009-06-30. 
  17. ^ "Wedding Bells for Melissa Rycroft!". People Magazine. 
  18. ^ "Melissa Rycroft Is Having a Girl". People.com. 2010-10-20. 
  19. ^ "Melissa Rycroft Welcomes Baby Girl Ava!". OKmagazine.com. February 10, 2010. 
  20. ^ "Melissa Rycroft Pregnant With Her Second Child". eonline.com. E! Online. October 22, 2013. Retrieved October 22, 2013. 
  21. ^ http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-moms/news/melissa-rycroft-reveals-second-baby-to-be-with-husband-tye-strickland-is-a-boy--20131411
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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