Melissa Rycroft

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Melissa Katherine Rycroft-Strickland
Born (1983-03-11) March 11, 1983 (age 32)
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]


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, Mesnick left Rycroft explaining that he had feelings for Malaney. Mesnick and Malaney married in 2010.

Dancing with the Stars[edit]

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



Personal life[edit]

Rycroft is the daughter of Bob Rycroft, an owner of a restaurant, and Mary Rycroft, a housewife. She has a brother, Christopher, who recently married. Rycroft studied dance for most of her life, and participated in her high school drill team.

Rycroft had a seven year relationship with a boy she met in school. It ended abruptly when he broke off with Rycroft while the pair was in college. The boy married another girl within 2 weeks of the ending of the relationship. Rycroft said she was inconsolable and this relationship was in part, the reason she would later describe herself as the girl who was always dumped when she auditioned for The Bachelor. In her book, My Reality, Rycroft described how Tye Strickland constantly broke off their relationship, dated other women, and generally took her for granted.

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. Rycroft then returned to a former boyfriend, salesman Timothy Tye Strickland, of Southlake, Texas. The couple married and now have two children, Ava Grace and Beckett Thomas Strickland.

Rycroft is of Greek, Anglo Saxon, and African American Ancestry.

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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