Tony Dovolani Laments Melissa Rycroft Injury

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Due to a fractured rib, Melissa Rycroft did not participate on Dancing with the Stars last night.

While viewers were crushed to find this out when they tuned to ABC at 8 p.m., no one was more distraught over the injury than Rycroft's partner, Tony Dovolani.

"Up until a half hour before the show, she was still trying to dance for me and she was in complete pain," Dovolani told Us Weekly after the performance show. "She has a high threshold for pain - and she still came onstage and tried to dance for me and that says a lot about her."

Minus Melissa Rycroft, last night's edition of Dancing with the Stars was less beautiful than usual.

Approximately 15 seconds into their Jive, Dovolani said: "She couldn't breathe. So I picked her up, as I would pick up my own daughter. I brought her backstage and tried to calm her down and help her rest.

"I have to tell you. I don't think any other celebrity would have done that - she still tried to dance. That says a lot about a person."

It sure does. Send in your best wishes for Melissa right now. Let her know fans are hoping for a fast, full recovery!

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Hang in there girl!!! You can win this!! Don't over do it. just keep doing what your doing. You are doing great this year, I think you and Tony are a great team. You have mine and my friends votes here in Texas.

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I am sorry that Melissa has her rib injury if you go back to DWTS and it will ruin her body because her ribs injury better stop it. I know that there is still something not good, then she has have to give up there. I want her to take a care of her health. I hope she will recover quickly.

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I am sorry that Melissa has her rib injury if you go back to DWTS and it will ruin her body because her ribs injury better stop it. I know that there is still something not good, then she has have to give up there. I want her to take a care of her health. I hope she will recover quickly.

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Melissa, I am hoping and praying that you recover quickly. You have such a electric spark about your nature, and you just add so much to DWTS. I really want you to win. Afterall, you deserve it. Whats neat to see in your character to is you are just being you. Just a free spirited gal. Take care and I wish you the best.

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you are the reason why i am watching dwts, but if it will ruin your body because of your ribs injury better stop it. i know that there is still something not good, not better but something best prepared for you. many are saying you are not a star, but because of your beauty and talents aside from your fans adoring you, you are like a big stars but what i really appreciate in you is , you are not acting like a star, you are still a simple and humble person. keep it up melissa. i am praying for your complete healing. GOD bless!

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I think Melissa has already been given enough of the sympathy votes for being dump from the bachelor. Considering that she is a professional dancer, she came in at a higher dance level than the other dancers. She is used to learning quick routines and precision positions. Some of you may think cheerleader, but everybody knows that the Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders are a professional dance organization. They travel all over the world performing their dance routines, not cheering. She already got one sympathy pass, not another one. There was no sympathy for Steve-O for his injuries. Do the dance or get gone like all the others.

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Melissa is such a wonderful girl. I just love her. She is very sweet, yet very humble kida way. I hope she wins.

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I was so disappointed on Monday, April 28th when I heard that Melissa wouldnot be dancing htat evening. I ended up not watching the show because she is the one reason this season I watch it. Best of luck to you Melissa and don't give up. You can still pull this off and WIN!!!