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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 in front of 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.
Rycroft joins Chris Harrison (The Bachelor, The Bachelorette) as host of ABC's new series, Bachelor Pad, premiering August 9. She serves as a special contributor for "Good Morning America" where she's appeared on the morning news broadcast delivering fun and uplifting stories from across the country and from Hollywood's most glamorous red carpets. She's also co-hosted "Dick Clark's Rocking New Year's Eve" for ABC appearing alongside host Ryan Seacrest.
Rycroft was a member of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders and appeared on two seasons of CMT's Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team. She graced the cover of the April 13, 2009 issue of 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. She resides in Dallas, Texas with her husband Tye Strickland.