Transatlantic Salsa: ABC to BBC (Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani and Alesha Dixon Matthew Cutler)

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  Transatlantic Salsa: ABC to BBC (Melissa Rycroft  & Tony Dovolani/Alesha Dixon Matthew Cutler)


Melissa Rycroft born March 11, 1983 is a sales representative from Dallas, Texas, and former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader. She participated as a contestant on the thirteenth season of ABC's The Bachelor, and CMT reality TV series Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team. She is currently a contestant on the eighth season of Dancing with the Stars. Rycroft was named to People magazine's list of World's Most Beautiful People 2009 and was also named as 99 on Maxim's list of Hot 100 2009.

Melissa Rycroft on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Full Interview.


Melissa Talk About "The Bachelor",Her New Boyfriend & "Dancing with The Stars".
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 thirty-six Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders DCC for the 2006 NFL season. Rycroft remained on the DCC squad through the 2007 NFL season.
Melissa & Jason What Happen?
She Talk About The Bachelor with Ellen.


Rycroft appeared on the thirteenth season of The Bachelor as one of the twenty-five 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. Rycroft said yes. But following the episode, ABC aired the After the Final Rose Part One episode, which was taped six weeks after the season finale episode, and it was then that Mesnick revealed that he was breaking up with Rycroft, stating that he was still in love with Malaney.
Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani Salsa DWTS
Dancing with the Stars Salsa Scored 26, 2nd best of night!


Rycroft replaced Access Hollywood's 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 is partnered with professional dancer Tony Dovolani, and competed on the season premiere episode having only practiced for two days, the shortest amount of time for any contestant in the show's history. Despite this, she tied for second place for the week one performances.
Ellen with DWTS Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani
Dancing with the Stars Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani


Rycroft suffered a hairline fracture in her ribs before the live show of week 8 and, therefore, could not perform her Jive live. Instead, the judges' scores were based on her pre-recorded rehearsal video. Also in that same week, she did not participate in the group dance (Mambo), so professional dancer Lacey Schwimmer filled her spot with partner Dovolani. Despite having the lowest overall score for the week, viewer votes saved Rycroft from being eliminated.

Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani delivered a smokin' hot salsa on Dancing With the Stars. But after the show, The Bachelor beauty found herself, once again, on the hot seat over her dancing background. "I'm not the only person that has ever come in here with dance experience," Melissa told Access Hollywood when asked if she has a leg up on her foes.

Dancing pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy sparked the debate prior to Week 2 of the hit ABC show, telling TV Guide it was unfair that Rycroft was allowed to compete with her background in ballet and as a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader. When given the opportunity to backtrack on that, Maksim stood strong in his stance: "Let me be that voice of everybody who thinks [it] but won't say it."

"I mean, I can't be expected to compete next to someone that's had a lot of dance training," Maksim's partner, Denise Richards, added. After Monday night's show, where Melissa Rycroft turned in her second impressive performance in as many weeks, it seemed more members of the cast were ready to throw fuel on this smoldering Dancing with the Stars fire. "I'm not going to say anything about it being unfair, but compared to everybody else, there is a huge difference in ability," Julianne Hough said.

Not everyone's a critic, though. Melissa's dance partner this season, Tony Dovolani, took exception to the comments made by his good friend and competitor, Maksim. "Well, I would love to say to Maks, 'How about Mel?'" Tony said, referring to Maksim's partner in Season 5, former Spice Girl Mel B. "That's all I'm going to say." For her part, Melissa Rycroft insists her success on the dance floor is a product of her hard work with Dovolani, rather than her prior experience. "There have definitely been people that have more [experience] than me. But it's not benefiting me at all, believe me. It's not like we practice for a day and have six off," Rycroft, who was cheered by new beau Ty Strickland, said.

Melissa and Tony's fancy footwork has certainly paid dividends with the judges - earning the couple scores of 23 and 26 out of 30 in each week, respectively. However, Sex and The City heartthrob Gilles Marini and partner Cheryl Burke have netted the high score each week so far, with impressive scores of 24 and 27, respectively - despite no professional dancing experience for him.

In the end, reigning Dancing with the Stars champ Derek Hough said it's up to the voters to decide if Melissa's background goes against the theme of the show. "It really just depends on what American wants to see. Do they want to see a non-dancer become a dancer, or do they want to see a dancer dance?" Derek said.

Ultimately, Maksim seemed to agree that it's all up to the audience. "Does she have dance training? Of course. But it doesn't matter if people love what she does," he concluded. "You know, Mazel Tov to her, as we say." Here's Melissa Rycroft's most recent performance on the show ...


Let check out Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani and  Alesha Dixon Matthew Cutler dancing the Salsa:

Melissa Rycroft from Bachelor & Tony Dovolani SALSA week 2 DWTS 2009

Scores 26/30

Alesha & Matthew's Salsa - Strictly Come Dancing - BBC

Scores 35/40

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Oli Ponk 10/11/2009 22:02

Very well presented.