Dancing With the Stars Recap: Melissa Rycroft Returns, Shines in Group Routine!

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Melissa Rycroft was not about to let a little pain slow her down.

The reality star, who was hospitalized with a neck injury after getting hurt in rehearsal, took the floor with the rest of her partners to perform the group's freestyle dance.

Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani

The song? "Call Me Maybe." Obviously.

"It was diagnosed as a herniated disc in my upper neck," she told host Tom Bergeron beforehand. "I officially got cleared, so we're gonna give it a go."

Rycroft, Shawn Johnson, Sabrina Bryan, Apolo Anton Ohno and their partners gave the crowd a stellar effort, earning a score of 29.5 points a piece.

There is NO ELIMINATION this week, and because of the third presidential debate, the competition was split into two nights, with four of the All-Stars dancing Monday.

The other four contestants will give it a go tonight with individual routines, while Emmitt Smith, Kirstie Alley, Kelly Monaco and Apolo Ohno will go Gangnam Style.

Seriously, that's going to be the group routine. Nice.

Here's how the leaderboard stacks up so far:

  • Gilles Marini & Peta Murgatroyd: 29.5
  • Shawn Johnson & Derek Hough: 29.5
  • Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani: 29.5
  • Sabrina Bryan & Louis van Amstel: 29.5
  • Apolo Anton Ohno & Karina Smirnoff: 29.5
  • Emmitt Smith & Cheryl Burke: 29
  • Kirstie Alley & Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 25.5
  • Kelly Monaco & Val Chmerkovskiy: 24.5

Here are the videos of last night's routines:

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I am so glad that Melissa is doing okay, and she was able to perform in the team dance. I thought she did amazing, and I am amazed she was able to do the jump rope part of the dance. I am so glad that my Hopper automatically records the primetime shows on my local channels with the PrimeTime Anytime feature, because with the debate on I couldn’t stay up to watch DWTS. I figured it wasn’t going to be on, so I didn’t bother setting up my DVR, but this morning while I was getting ready for my shift at DISH, I realized it was on last night. All the individual dances were good, and it makes me so excited to see the rest of them tonight.

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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