1. One week after the most talked about season finale of ABC's The Bachelor, Bachelor star Melissa Rycroft stepped onto the dance floor in heroic fashion on Dancing With the Stars. With just two days to prepare for her nationally televised ballroom dancing debut, Rycroft displayed character and strength -- overcoming nerves, anxiety and the pressure to perform before a live audience. Paired with professional dancer Tony Dovolani, Rycroft "waltzed" her way into America's hearts and into a third......  Read Full Bio »

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  1. One week after the most talked about season finale of ABC's The Bachelor, Bachelor star Melissa Rycroft stepped onto the dance floor in heroic fashion on Dancing With the Stars. With just two days to prepare for her nationally televised ballroom dancing debut, Rycroft displayed character and strength -- overcoming nerves, anxiety and the pressure to perform before a live audience. Paired with professional dancer Tony Dovolani, Rycroft "waltzed" her way into America's hearts and into a third place finish on season eight of the hit ABC series. Soon after she took on co-hosting duties on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin New Year's Eve with Ryan Seacrest for ABC, as well as joined ABC News as a special contributor for Good Morning America, delivering fun and uplifting stories from across the country and from Hollywood's most glamorous red carpets. In the midst of her entertainment career taking off, Rycroft found time to reconnect with the true love of her life, Tye Strickland. In little time the two were married and welcomed daughter Ava Grace to the world. Rycroft first gained fame as a member of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, appearing on two seasons of CMT's Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team. She has graced the cover of the People magazine and was featured among their 100 Most Beautiful People of 2009. Rycroft has also been named to Maxim's Hot 100 list. Rycroft graduated from the University of North Texas with a degree in marketing and resides in Dallas. Photo courtesy James Acomb

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