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Melissa Rycroft on Dancing with the Stars

Melissa Rycroft on Dancing with the Stars

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Dancing with the Stars (DWTS) is one of ABC’s highest-rated reality shows, and just wrapped up its fifteenth season. What made this season so special and fun was that fan favorite celebrities from previous seasons were brought to strut their stuff on the dance floor once again—with a professional partner. See more from our interview here







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Dancing with the Stars (DWTS) is one of ABC’s highest-rated reality shows, and just wrapped up its fifteenth season. What made this season so special and fun was that fan favorite celebrities from previous seasons were brought to strut their stuff on the dance floor once again—with a professional partner. See more from our interview here







http://www.adistinctivestyle.com/i/101501/72





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ancing with the Stars
(DWTS) is one of ABC’shighest-rated reality shows, and just wrappedup its fifteenth season. What made this seasonso special and fun was that fan favorite celebrities fromprevious seasons were brought to strut their stuff on thedance floor once again—with a professional partner.After the glitz and glam subsided, in the end, MelissaRycroft—a correspondent for 
Good Morning Americaand Entertainment Tonight
—and her pro-dance partner Tony Dovoloni emerged the winners of
Dancing with theStars: All-Stars
.The duo—who was also paired up when Rycroft firstcompeted in Season 8—received
DWTS’s
covetedglimmer- ball trophy.Just two days after her exciting November 2012 victory,the ever-cheerful Rycroft spoke with
 A Distinctive Style
once again from her Dallas home about the entireexperience—and how she went from feeling like anunderdog to a top cat!
“I’ve Grown”
“It just doesn’t feel real—I still have to tell myself Iwon,” she gushes. “The first time I was on the show,right after I was on
The Bachelor Season 13,
I was veryguarded. I sometimes feel when I watch clips from mySeason 8, I look like a little girl; my eyes are so big....”Her voice trails off, remembering. “It’s been three and ahalf years since then. Now, I have a husband, a child.(Husband Tye Strickland is an insurance agent; thecouple has a young daughter, Ava) I’ve grown up a lotsince then, and this time around, Tony (Dovoloni) and Ihad more fun with it all. Plus, you have a different typeof freedom on
DWTS
. Unlike The Bachelor, camerasaren’t with you twenty-four seven. They’re there whenyou practice, but you have your own life.”Rycroft and Dovoloni became close friends during thewhole experience. “I credit my confidence this timearound to Tony,” says Rycroft. “Tony said don’t worrywhat you look like!” I’m my own worst enemy. Even if Ilooked like ‘the awkward girl,’ he always made me feellike I was a great dancer. He’s been one of the fewpeople who has been here from the beginning of thiswhole journey.”The dancing duo bonded over their children, too. “Wehad so much more to relate to, we understood eachother when one of us said, ‘I’m not mentally here now,I need to talk to my kids, my husband...we got it--we hadthe same priorities this time, which bonded us’.”Rycroft says she felt America’s support week after week, as fans voted for their favorites to remain in thecompetition. “I would think, ‘we must be doing some-thing right and we don’t even know what it is! I keptthinking, ‘Don’t underestimate yourself’.”
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