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Melissa Rycroft
Melissa Rycroft DWTS
Celebrity Profile
Birth Date March 11, 1983 (1983-03-11) (age 34)
Hometown Dallas, Texas
Known For Reality star

Dancing with the Stars 8
Dancing with the Stars 15

Partner(s) Tony Dovolani
Placement 3 (Season 8)
1 (Season 15)
Highest Score 30 (Samba; Season 8)
30 (Quickstep, Paso Doble, Argentine
Tango, Samba, Freestyle; Season 15)
Lowest Score 21 (Jive; Season 8)
21.0 (Foxtrot; Season 15)
Average Score 26.8 (Season 8)
28.0 (Season 15)

Melissa Katherine Rycroft-Strickland is a celebrity from season 8 and the winning celebrity from season 15 of Dancing with the Stars.

Early lifeEdit

Melissa Katherine Rycroft was born on March 11, 1983 in Dallas, Texas. She studied dance from an early age and served as first lieutenant of her high school drill team. She majored in Marketing at the University of North Texas and was a member of Alpha Chi Omega.

CareerEdit

Dallas Cowboys CheerleadersEdit

After graduating from the University of North Texas, Rycroft auditioned for the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. She danced for the team from 2006-2008. As a cheerleader, she made regular appearances on Country Music Television's reality show Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team.

TelevisionEdit

Rycroft appeared on the 13th season of The Bachelor as one of the 25 bachelorettes competing for 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 he had feelings for Malaney. Mesnick and Malaney married in 2010.

Rycroft first competed on season eight of Dancing with the Stars where she was partnered with Tony Dovolani and finished in third place. She and Dovolani once again served as partners in the All-Stars season and were announced as the winners on the season finale. She later served as the host of the 2015 Dancing with the Stars live tour.

Rycroft is a host of CMT's reality-TV show Redneck Island.

Personal lifeEdit

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 were 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 Tye Strickland. The couple married and have three children: daughter Ava Grace, born February 16, 2011 and sons Beckett Thomas, born April 20, 2014, and Cayson Jack, born May 18, 2016.

Dancing with the Stars 8Edit

ScoresEdit

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Waltz/ "Moon River" 8 7 8 No Elimination
2 Salsa/ "The Cup of Life" 9 8 9 Safe
3 Foxtrot/ "Recipe for Love" 9 9 9 Safe
4 Lindy Hop/ "Brown Derby Jump" 10 9 10 Safe
5 Paso Doble/ "Poker Face" 8 8 9 Safe
6 Rumba/ "If I Were a Boy" 9 9 9 Safe
7 Argentine Tango/ "Mi Confesión"
1960's Group Dance/ "The Clapping Song"
10
No
9
Scores
10
Given
Safe
8 Jive/ "We Got the Beat"
Team Mambo/ "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)"
7
8
7
8
7
9
Bottom Two
9 Viennese Waltz / "Angel"
Samba/ "Jaleo"
9
10
9
10
9
10
Safe
10 Quickstep/ "I Got Rhythm"
Cha-Cha-Cha/ "Save the Last Dance for Me"
9
9
10
9
9
9
Bottom Two
11 Paso Doble/ "So What"
Freestyle/ "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)"
Samba/ "Jaleo"
10
9
10
9
9
10
10
9
10
Third Place

Dancing with the Stars 15Edit

ScoresEdit

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
  • The additional score of 9.5 was awarded by guest judge Paula Abdul.

TriviaEdit

  • In season 8 she was a last minute addition to the show after Tony Dovolani's celebrity partner Nancy O'Dell suffered an injury just days before the start of the season. Her first rehearsal happened a little over 48 hours before the season premiere.
  • In season 15, her cumulative average was 28.0/30.0, making it the fourth highest season average of any contestant in all 15 seasons of Dancing with the Stars.
  • She is part African-American although Amber Riley is considered the first African-American woman to have won the show.

GalleryEdit

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