DWTS Recap: The (Perfect) Return of Melissa Rycroft!

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Rib injury, schmib injury!

Melissa Rycroft didn't simply return to Dancing with the Stars last night, following a week on the sidelines with a fractured rib; she came back with a perfect score!

During an evening that saw each remaining tandem perform a pair of routines, Rycroft and partner Tony Dovolani earned a solid 27 points for their Viennese Waltz.

A Beautiful Dancer

But they followed that up with the best Samba of the season. It featured a 15-second solo by Rycroft, highlighted by a shake here, a shimmy there and overflowing praise from the judges. Carrie Ann Inaba said it was "flawless," while Bruno Tonioli gushed:

"The Samba should make you happy to be alive. Your Samba makes me happy to be here watching it."

Here's a rundown of the overall scores from the night:

  • Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani: 57 (including one perfect 30!)
  • Gilles Marini and Cheryl Burke: 56
  • Shawn Johnson and Mark Ballas: 56
  • Lil' Kim and Derek Hough: 52
  • Ty Murray and Chelsie Hughtower: 46



Hi Melissa! You're awesome! I've been rooting for you all the way! I was actually angry for you when Jason did what he did. But in all honesty (Jason's favorite phrase), you deserve to be with someone who loves you as much as you love him. It hurts at first, but look at you now! I have that F*** you attitude when someone dumps me. We'll get over it. There is more than one person for everone in this lifetime. It's a matter of being at the right time and right place, and meeting the RIGHT person! I am your 100% supporter! I also love your pal, Jill! She is one genuine person. You're both good people! I love you guys! P.S. I did feel like punching Molly and Jaosn in the face at one point!


After reading comments on DWTS, apparently I was one of many who could not vote for Melissa. I tried from the time her phone number came up 'til 30 min after the show. Each time I was told by an operator that that was not an active number. If others got this response, she lost many votes. Melissa, you were a beautiful dancer and I hope to see you doing other things. You're a winner in my book!!


Melissa has a rib injury then she should go home and take a care of her health. If she keeps to dance on the floor and it will harm her health. Tony is not so handsome. Tony can pick up another new star if Melissa has a pain.


Melissa you are awesome! You're so lucky to be rid of that loser Jason and that manipulative Molly.
Keep it up!


Love Melissa and Tony! Hope they win!


Melissa Rycroft is the TOTAL package, gotta

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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