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Who says reality shows can't have happy endings?!?

Just five months ago, Jillian Harris was a woman dumped, Molly Malaney was a woman hated and Melissa Rycroft was a woman scorned. Now?

Jillian is moving in with Ed Swiderski; Molly is in a committed, solid relationship with Jason Mesnick; and Melissa is engaged, as well as thrilled for both her former competitors on The Bachelor.

When asked by Chris Harris on last night's After the Final Rose special on ABC, Rycroft had one simple answer about whether Mesnick chose the right mate in Malaney: "Yes."

Bachelorette Jillian Harris

It took many (or, really, just a few) months, but Melissa Rycroft, Molly Malaney and Jillian Harris have all found love.

Pressed about her infamous public dumping in March, Melissa admitted that it was tough.

"It's not easy being that person. It's hard to be that person because on one hand, there's the embarrassment factor. The other times that it happened in my life, it was private and I could cope privately," Rycroft told viewers. "This was very public. Everybody saw the hurt and they saw the crying, but it's definitely been something I’ve embraced and love, because my friends, family, everybody back home was right there to help me."

In the end, she added: "I think what everybody saw was one of the best things that has happened to me in my life."

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Jason Mesnick who? On the eve of Monday's The Bachelorette finale, last season's most memorable Bachelor castoff, Melissa Rycroft, splashed around with her new fiance Tye Strickland at the Azure pool in The Palazzo hotel in Las Vegas Saturday.

Needless to say, the former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader seems quite happy in the arms of her future husband. You are one lucky man, Tye Strickland ...

Such a Cute Couple

Are Melissa Rycroft and Tye Strickland not the hottest couple?

It's still hard to believe that less than five months after her humiliation on national TV (although her emails to Jason Mesnick indicate an earlier breakup), Melissa's become a star in her own right and is engaged to an entirely different hunk.

We're just happy she's found love. Melissa Rycroft deserves it. Even if he does spell Ty wrong. Clearly they are so happy together. We hear wedding bells ...

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Earlier this week, Molly Malaney said she could marry Jason Mesnick "tomorrow."

Ironically, however, the couple that ended up together at the conclusion of this year's The Bachelor is not yet engaged.

Conversely, the woman that Jason passed over for Molly, Melissa Rycroft, is set to tie the knot with her insurance agent of a boyfriend, Tye Strickland.

"Tye is my true love," Rycroft said to People, comparing this relationship to her brief engagement to Mesnick. "No disrespect [to Jason] at all, but that situation doesn't compare to where I am now – engaged and happy. It's a different feeling."

Happily Engaged

While the couple admits it has set a wedding date, it also wants to keep the details of the nuptials private.

But that won't stop Strickland from gushing about his fiancee, or admitting that their circumstances are unusual.

"The last six months have not been normal," he said."But we wouldn't change it because what we had to go through has allowed us to be where we are today. It's been a blessing in disguise, and I don't think either of us has ill feelings towards anyone."

It looks like everyone involved in controversial season of The Bachelor have moved on. Have viewers? You tell us!

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Considering how her engagement to Jason Mesnick went, it's no wonder that Melissa Rycroft is hesitant to plan too far into the future with Tye Strickland.

But the former Bachelor and Dancing with the Stars contestant told People last night that her fiance is moving ahead with wedding plans on his own, much to her contentment.

"Tye is planning more than I am," Rycroft said."At this point, I'm probably the worst bride in the history of brides... I don't know if we'll get married ever by the way that I plan it!"

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Might Jillian Harris and Ed Swiderski actually beat Melissa Rycroft and Tye Strickland down the aisle? Anything is possible! [Photos: Fame Pictures]

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There may not have been a rose ceremony, and it may not have taken place in front of any TV cameras, but reports indicate that Melissa Rycroft has been proposed to once again.

On Friday night, according to The Dallas Morning News, Rycroft and boyfriend Tye Strickland showed up at Brio Tuscan Grille in Southlake, Texas. They were joined by a pair of older couples, rumored to be each side's parents.

Together 4 Eva

This spring, Tye Strickland accompanied Melissa Rycroft to Dancing with the Stars training. Now, he'll accompany her to bed every night for the rest of their lives!

As a vase of fresh flowers sat on the table, whispers around the restaurant turned to the fact that Melissa and Tye got engaged earlier in the evening.

The newspaper cites sources that claim Rycroft was presented with a ring inside of a box that featured its own internal lighting (to make the diamond shine).

If this is true, the controversial Bachelor finale in March will have resulted in two happy endings: one for Rycroft and Strickland; and one for Jason Mesnick and Molly Malaney, who are together and very much in love, according to THG insiders.

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Melissa Rycroft didn't want your pity when Jason Mesnick broke her heart on national television, and she doesn't want it now that she finished third on Dancing with the Stars.

"I wanted that mirrorball trophy, I really did," the beauty told Us Weekly. "But I don't need it because I know I've accomplished more than I ever thought I could."

Paso Doble Routine

After all, how can Rycroft complain? Considering where she's been over the last year, Melissa is just grateful to have been one of the final three competitors, along with champion Shawn Johnson and Sex and the City star Gilles Marini.

"Never in a million years did I imagine I'd be dancing with an Olympian and someone who was in a blockbuster movie. My life in the past 11 months has changed so much."

Will it change more in the future? Will Rycroft pursue other headline-making activities or roles?

"I really don't know. I'm not going to pursue anything right now, but if things come my way I will look into them. Never say never!"

We won't, M Ry. In the meantime, relive this star's journey on DWTS by clicking on the images below...

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Following last night's Dancing with the Stars performance show, Melissa Rycroft isn't clearing off any room on her mantel for a trophy.

Asked by Us Weekly how she felt after her Paso Doble and freestyle routines, the former Bachelor babe said:

"Not confident, just happy. We wanted to get out there and have fun, and backstage we were just relaxed and having fun... This was kind of our last performance, and I felt like there was nothing to lose!"

Dancing Duo

Should Melissa Rycroft feel more confident about her chances to win? Watch her freestyle performance now and let us know!

No matter the result, Melissa says her dancing days are done. But her pet-possessing days are just beginning!

"I'm going home to Texas, and I'm going to get a puppy!" she said. "[Boyfriend Tye Strickland] said he'd get me a dog if I made it to the finals, and now I've been telling everyone so he has to!"

Hey, Tye, there's a certain President that made a similar promise to his loved ones. Perhaps you should call him for advice.

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Sorry, fellas. But Melissa Rycroft has officially put to rest any rumors that she'd pose naked in Playboy.

"My father would kill me! Not only would I never do it, my father would never look at me the same ever again!" Rycroft told Us Weekly.

Tye Strickland and Melissa Rycroft Picture

We doubt your father would be the only one looking at you differently if this pictorial ever took place, Melissa.

Regarding the upcoming Dancing With the Stars finale, Melissa says she's trying not to put any pressure on herself.

"I'm completely excited because I've got Tony [Dovolani, her partner] to completely understand the word 'fun.' We're going to go out and have fun."

Of course, few interviews would be complete if Rycroft weren't asked about Jason Mesnick. Where does she stand when it comes to him and her love life?

"I know I'm happy in my life and my situation."

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The on-screen chemistry between this season's top couples on Dancing with the Stars is evident.

But what about when the (moving) camera stops?

In this week's TV Guide Magazine, the publication takes fans behind the scenes with four of the show's most popular season eight stars: Cheryl Burke, Gilles Marini, Tony Dovolani and Melissa Rycroft.

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Regarding her partner's energy, Burke said:

“When the music comes on in rehearsal, he brings it up 50 percent. But then in the live show, the audience feeds him even more energy and I change the way I dance. His adrenaline is off the charts.”

Meanwhile, Tony and Melissa had a trust issue to settle, following Rycroft's public heartbreak at the hands of Jason Mesnick.

“We didn’t talk about The Bachelor until after that first rehearsal,” Rycroft said. “But the trust was established very early on - and with dances like the Lindy Hop. Do you know how many times I fell, and he would have me by a pinky toe? I was nowhere near touching the ground.”

Who do you think will be crowned Dancing with the Stars champion next week?

 

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They vied for the affection of Jason Mesnick on The Bachelor, and were both unlucky in love. Only one special young woman, Molly Malaney, won his heart.

But despite falling just shot, Jillian Harris and Melissa Rycroft captivated millions of viewers, and have come out smelling like roses just the same.

Canada native Harris is ABC’s new star of The Bachelorette, and Rycroft is a contender to win the coveted mirror-ball trophy on Dancing with the Stars.

Jillian recently declined to elaborate on her infamous hot tub scene with Jason, but she did tell People she's cheering Melissa on every step of the way.

“We are such huge supporters of each other,” Jillian Harris says of Melissa, with whom she says she became really good friends on The Bachelor.

“I’m so proud of her. I wish I could watch her more often but I’m so busy with [The Bachelorette]. But I’m definitely rooting for Melissa.”

Rycroft, who is heading into the Dancing with the Stars finale, says the feeling is mutual and that her pal will make a great Bachelorette.

“She’s one of the most genuine, down-to-earth girls I know. I absolutely adore her,” said Melissa Rycroft, who's now dating Tye Strickland.

Harris is in the final weeks of filming the new season, which premieres Monday.

Her lips are sealed regarding Bachelorette spoilers, but Jillian does promise that no matter how her search for Mr. Right goes, she won't follow Rycroft’s Dancing path.

Ever.

“I am THE worst dancer in the world,” she says.

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