Credit: David Livingston/Getty Images Photo: Melissa Rycroft Strikes a Pose at the ABC Summer Press Event on August 1, 2010
Melissa Rycroft, of The Bachelor and Dancing With the Stars fame, and American Idol star Nikki McKibbin have reached the finals in one of the biggest showdowns of the year: D Magazine's "Top Reality Stars in Dallas" competition. (That there are enough reality stars in Dallas to warrant a contest is somewhat frightening.) The winner will be revealed in the January 2011 issue of D Magazine.

We totally did not see this coming when we first wrote about this contest about a month ago. It started with 32 reality stars, including Bachelor/Bachelorette folks Jake Pavelka (also a DWTS alumnus), Tanner Pope, Melissa Rycroft, Jeremy Anderson, Peyton Wright, and Alex Michel.

Melissa is one of the more high-profile Bachelor stars, so we're not too surprised to see her go so far. After starting her reality TV career on the CMT series Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team, Mel then gained notoriety as the "wronged woman" of The Bachelor Season 13. We all know the story: Jason Mesnick picked her, changed his mind, and later married his runner-up, Molly Malaney — all on national television. Melissa ended up taking third place in Dancing with the Stars Season 8, and she then co-hosted Season 1 of Bachelor Pad. There's really no escaping her. But Nikki over American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson? That's a surprise for sure.

Head here to vote for Melissa (or Nikki, if that's your thing) to be the Top Reality Star in Dallas, which clearly has a glut of 'em.

Source: D Magazine