Melissa Rycroft: Cheered on By Parents and Boyfriend Ty; Dominating Dancing with the Stars!

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The Bachelor star Melissa Rycroft wowed judges again on Monday's episode of Dancing With the Stars, as she and partner Tony Dovolani earned the night's second highest score of 26 (out of 30) for their sexy rendition of the salsa.

Cheering her on in the audience? Her boyfriend Ty - and her parents!

"A big support system today. They all sat together!" Rycroft said. "It felt really, really good. I could see that they were proud by the smiles on their faces."

Added Melissa Rycroft (who studied ballet): "They've never seen me dance like this! My dad was like, 'What are you wearing?!' I was like, 'Don't look at me!'"

Check out the video of Melissa's performance below, and watch for the shot of her applauding boyfriend and parents after she knocks it out of the park:

Here's how the scores shape up after last night and heading into tonight's elimination, with Melissa solidly in second behind Gilles Marini and Cheryl Burke ...

  • Gilles Marini and Cheryl Burke (Cha-Cha-Cha): 51.
  • Melissa Rycroft and Toni Dovolani (Salsa): 26 (9, 8, 9). Combined: 49.
  • Shawn Johnson and Mark Ballas (Salsa): 24 (8, 8, 8) Combined: 47.
  • Lil Kim & Derek Hough (Quickstep): 23 (8, 7, 8). Combined: 44.
  • Chuck Wicks and Julianne Hough (Samba): 20 (6, 7, 7). Combined: 40.
  • Denise Richards and Maksim Chmerkovskiy (Quickstep): 21 (7, 7, 7). Combined: 39.
  • Holly Madison and Dmitry Chaplin (Quickstep): 18 (6, 6, 6). Combined: 36.
  • David Alan Grier and Kym Johnson (Salsa): 17 (6, 5, 6). Combined: 36.
  • Lawrence Taylor and Edyta Sliwinska (Quickstep): 20 (7, 6, 7). Combined: 36.
  • Belinda Carlisle and Jonathan Roberts (Salsa): 18 (6, 6, 6). Combined: 35.
  • Ty Murray and Chelsie Hightower (Quickstep): 20 (7, 6, 7). Combined: 34.
  • Steve-O and Lacey Schwimmer (Salsa): 14 (5, 4, 5). Combined: 31.
  • Steve Wozniak & Karina Smirnoff (Quickstep): 17 (6, 5, 6). Combined: 30.
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So what???
Are you a professional dancer???
What makes you think its not salsa???
These people are P-R-O-F-E-S-S-I-O-N-A-L!!!.... hmmm the judges are more professional too, they all called it SALSA... SO dont even act like you know salsa or latin music or whatever!
They can dance to whatever the hell they want people can salsa dance to latin music!!!

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ok, it looks good, but let me tell you thats not salsa at all, firts of all, that music is latin rhythm bun not salsa, and the steps not even one are from real salsa dancers.

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i think melissa rycroft rocks and she is so lucky

Dancing with the Stars Quotes

We should have started dancing with one arm waaay before.

Cristian de la Fuente [following his injury, trip to the hospital and subsequent stellar performance]

I am not the best dancer, and I have not been the best dancer from the beginning. I am happy we made it this far.

Cristian de la Fuente
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