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When does a semifinal four get overshadowed by a former final one?

When that quartet of contestants is part of the most boring season in Dancing with the Stars history; and when that one is the beloved Melissa Rycroft!

Indeed, Rycroft will perform on tomorrow night's results show. Before we get there, though, Donny Osmond, Joanna Krupa, Kelly Osbourne and Mya need to make impressions on the judges tonight.

"It’s anyone’s game,” judge Samantha Harris told People over the weekend. “The competition has picked up so much momentum in the past two weeks and now it’s come down to the final four and the right final four.”

Dancing Duo

Said Rycroft, who finished third last season and who looks gorgeous with partner Tony Dovolani above:

“I’m so excited, but I’m not nervous. I’m not being judged so it’s all for fun. But I remember that feeling last season when I made it to the semifinals. I was so happy I made it, but I also knew how much hard work was ahead.”

Let's take a look back at Melissa's time on the show. Click on the pics below to be taken back to a season of DWTS that actually excited us each week:

  • Paso Doble Routine
  • Third Place Finisher
  • Fine Female Finalist
  • Hot in Hats
  • Dipping While Dancing
  • Perfect Samba
  • Off to the Finale
  • You Da Woman!
  • Yay for Us!
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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...

  • Rumbaing
  • Yay for Us!
You Da Woman!
  • Perfect Samba
  • Dipping While Dancing
  • Fine Female Finalist

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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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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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  • Slight Touch Up
  • Backstage Chemistry

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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Rib injury, shmib injury!

Melissa Rycroft showed no signs of being in pain last week, returning to Dancing with the Stars and earning a perfect score of 30 for her Samba. Before taking the floor again tonight, the contestant says her fans needn't worry.

"[The injury's] definitely been manageable," Rycroft told TV Guide. "We're going on week three now, so it's definitely getting better. It's only going to get better. The patch [with medication] is working, so I'm not concerned at all."

Perfect Samba

Melissa Rycroft's outfit? Questionable. Her Samba? Flawless.

What else did former Bachelor beauty have to say about her routine?

Watch an interview she and partner Tony Dovolani gave, following last week's performance, by following this article's jump.

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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

FOLLOW THIS ARTICLE'S JUMP TO WATCH MELISSA AND TONY'S SEXY SAMBA.

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Jewel may want her gone, but it doesn't sound as though Melissa Rycroft will be leaving Dancing with the Stars any time soon.

Viewers will need to wait until tonight to see if Rycroft is well enough recovered from her rib injury to perform, but the Bachelor beauty talked about fighting through the pain in an interview with Entertainment Tonight.

"They're little hairline fractures that will mend together on their own," said Rycroft, who said she's waring a numbing patch to ease the pain during rehearsal. "It makes it tolerable. [Partner Tony Dovolani] has made the routine so that we'll be able to do everything. It's more mentally exhausting than anything else... You just grit your teeth and move on."

Melissa, of course, knows all about moving on from a painful experience, as she has left Jason Mesnick in the rear view in favor of Tye Strickland.

But getting back to her dancing dreams, Rycroft says the injury has simply helped her focus. She's thankful that the viewers did not vote her off last week.

"I was in tears... The fans saved us. What happened last Monday put everything into perspective... How bad you want it."

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Sorry, haters. But Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani remain a threat on Dancing with the Stars.

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Despite comments earlier this week that made it seem like she had an issue with Melissa Rycroft, Jewel wants to make one thing clear:

She hates a certain rule on Dancing with the Stars, not the lovely, former cheerleading brunette.

On Thursday, Jewel posted on husband Ty Murray's MySpace blog that she has an issue with the DWTS rule that says an injured contestant isn't instantly disqualified; but rather judged on his/her rehearsal footage.

"I like Melissa and think she's gifted (and a real Texas sweetheart), and I adore Steve-O," Jewel wrote yesterday, citing the two competitors that have benefited from this edict on season eight. "My comment had nothing to do with either of them. My comment was on a sports website about a rule I have never seen in any type of competition before."

Jewel added: "Name another sport where if you can’t compete, they use your score from practice. Can you imagine an Olympic diver who can’t compete for any reason, and so they let them use their practice dives from that day? Or a chess match, for that matter.

"This isn't a catty girl versus girl thing [the media] are trying to make it into. Neither I nor Melissa are like that."

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Jewel was originally scheduled to compete on the eighth season of Dancing with the Stars. However, she was forced to the sideline with a knee injury.

Now, as husband Ty Murray remains in the competition, the singer doesn't understand why Melissa Rycroft is allowed to recover from her recent injury.

"I think the rule about 'judging a rehearsal if the person is too injured to perform' was weird both times they have used it," Jewel wrote on her Murray's MySpace page.

She's referring to the fact a contestant too injured to perform on the live broadcast will be judged on his/her rehearsal footage. This is what happened on Monday, as a fractured rib made impossible for Rycroft to dance.

"As bad as I felt for Melissa, who I hope feels better and comes back, I'm used to our cowboy athletes that live by the rule: 'Ride hurt or don’t get a score,'" Jewel added. "It may seem harsh, but it seems like the only way to keep things honest."

The claws have come out. Now you must choose a side: Team Jewel or Team Rycroft?

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