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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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Melissa Rycroft was number-one in the heart of Jason Mesnick... for approximately four minutes of televised airtime on The Bachelor.

She's hoping to remain in first place on Dancing with the Stars for a lot longer.

Following an impressive Argentine Tango last night, Rycroft and partner Tony Dovolani have now earned the most points of any tandem this season. It's gonna be an intense battle for the trophy over the next few weeks.


Here's a rundown of this week's performances and points:

  • Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani, Argentine Tango : 29
  • Shawn Johnson and Mark Ballas, Cha Cha: 28
  • Chuck Wicks and Julianne Hough, Samba: 27 
  • Gilles Marini and Cheryl Burke, Viennese Waltz: 27
  • Lil' Kim and Derek Hough, Rumba: 26
  • Ty Murray and Chelsie Hightower, Waltz: 24 
  • Lawrence Taylor and Edyta Sliwinska, Waltz: 21 

Who do you think should go home tonight?

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Maksim Chmerkovskiy has said it's "very unfair" that she's on the show.

Holly Madison has labeled her the "biggest competition."

Still, in the face of such obstacles, Melissa Rycroft is doing more than just persevering on Dancing with the Stars; she's dominating! The former Bachelor contestant earned 27 points for her Foxtrot last night.

Foxtrotters

"Everyone's main goal is to have fun, have a good time, make friends - and if there is a competition, it's a friendly competition," Rycroft told Us Weekly yesterday, regarding comments such as the pair cited above. "There's nobody slashing other people's costumes backstage!"

That's a relief.

As for her post-Dancing plans, Rycroft says she'll return to Texas.

"I'm going back to Dallas. I don't know what I'll do, but I'm going home, for sure!"

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  • Tony and Melissa
  • Melissa Rycroft Dancing

Click on the pics above for an array of images of Melissa Rycroft on Dancing with the Stars.

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Does Melissa Rycroft have an unfair advantage this season on Dancing with the Stars?

Not according to fellow competitor Holly Madison.

The Playboy Bunny - who is teamed with new professional Dmitry Chaplin - doesn't care that the former Bachelor suitor is an automatic fan favorite. But Madison does see Rycroft as her main competition.

"I think the biggest competition is Melissa from The Bachelor," Holly told Us Weekly over the weekend. "She is an amazing dancer and everybody loves her, including me... She is super sweet and an amazing dancer."

Lamest. Trash. Talk. Ever.

Holly and Dmitry

Click on the images above to cycle through more pics of Melissa Rycroft, Holly Madison and other DWTS cast members.

While Madison was the number-one girlfriend of Hugh Hefner for years, she said that achieving the same status on Dancing with the Stars isn't necessarily a goal.

"I just want to make it to third or second [place]," she said. "I want to do as many dances as I can and wear as many awesome costumes as I can. I'm having so much fun with it. I want to stick with it as long as possible."

You tell us: Who will advance farther on Dancing with the Stars?

 

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Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani delivered a smokin' hot salsa on Monday evening's Dancing With the Stars. But after the show, The Bachelor beauty found herself, once again, on the hot seat over her dancing background.

"I'm not the only person that has ever come in here with dance experience," Melissa told Access Hollywood when asked if she has a leg up on her foes.

Dancing pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy sparked the debate prior to Week 2 of the hit ABC show, telling TV Guide it was unfair that Rycroft was allowed to compete with her background in ballet and as a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader.

When given the opportunity to backtrack on that, Maksim stood strong in his stance: "Let me be that voice of everybody who thinks [it] but won't say it."

"I mean, I can't be expected to compete next to someone that's had a lot of dance training," Maksim's partner, Denise Richards, added.

Melissa Rycroft Dancing

Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani heat up Dancing with the Stars.

After Monday night's show, where Melissa Rycroft turned in her second impressive performance in as many weeks, it seemed more members of the cast were ready to throw fuel on this smoldering Dancing with the Stars fire.

"I'm not going to say anything about it being unfair, but compared to everybody else, there is a huge difference in ability," Julianne Hough said.

Not everyone's a critic, though.

Melissa's dance partner this season, Tony Dovolani, took exception to the comments made by his good friend and competitor, Maksim.

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We recapped Monday's and Tuesday's episodes in detail, but People magazine has a report on what we didn't see on the most recent Dancing with the Stars.

Some anecdotes from behind the scenes:

Handsome Derek Hough

Her Personal Cheerleader

Melissa Rycroft's boyfriend, Ty Strickland, was spotted again in the audience Tuesday night. "His goal is to be here for all the shows," Rycroft said about her boyfriend, who commutes back and forth from Dallas to Los Angeles.

Although he didn't have to sweat it out Tuesday since Rycroft was far from the bottom of the scoreboard, he did cheer when it was announced the Dallas beauty would be officially be dancing again next week.

After the show, Rycroft beelined for her beau while dance partner Tony Dovolani greeted Strickland with a man hug. Good to see the two new men in her life get along.

Another Blast from the Past

After the cameras stopped rolling Tuesday night, The Bachelor host Chris Harrison walked onto the dance floor and greeted a surprised Rycroft with a huge hug.

"The last time I saw him, I was storming off stage." Rycroft said. "This is a much better atmosphere to be reunited with him."

Ty Strickland was there to cheer on girlfriend Melissa Rycroft, as usual, while an injured Jewel was seen on Dancing with the Stars supporting her significant other as well.

Fighting Through the Pain

At the top of the show when Mark Ballas performed with the other pro dancers to the sounds of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy - who performed live in the studio - Ballas was reportedly wincing in pain and rubbing his lower back.

But in a season that has already seen a slew of injuries, Ballas isn't the latest on the injured list. He assured us, "I just scratched it. I'm alright."

The Jewel in the Crown

Or something. There were plenty of ovations throughout the night, but Jewel received the longest one after she performed "Over the Rainbow" from her upcoming CD.

Her former dance partner Dmitry Chaplin and Chelsie Hightower, whose partner is Jewel's husband Ty Murray, wowed the audience with a performance as she sang.

Keeping Them Entertained

Speaking of Chelsie Hightower, she was keeping everyone's spirits high with her youthful energy before the final two couples were announced in the dance-off.

During a commercial, the 19-year-old rehearsed a super-quick quick step with Ty Murray, then turned around and started high-fiving and low-fiving Steve Wozniak.

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The Bachelor star Melissa Rycroft wowed judges again on Monday's episode of Dancing With the Stars, as she and partner Tony Dovolani earned the night's second highest score of 26 (out of 30) for their sexy rendition of the salsa.

Cheering her on in the audience? Her boyfriend Ty - and her parents!

"A big support system today. They all sat together!" Rycroft said. "It felt really, really good. I could see that they were proud by the smiles on their faces."

Added Melissa Rycroft (who studied ballet): "They've never seen me dance like this! My dad was like, 'What are you wearing?!' I was like, 'Don't look at me!'"

Check out the video of Melissa's performance below, and watch for the shot of her applauding boyfriend and parents after she knocks it out of the park:

Here's how the scores shape up after last night and heading into tonight's elimination, with Melissa solidly in second behind Gilles Marini and Cheryl Burke ...

  • Gilles Marini and Cheryl Burke (Cha-Cha-Cha): 51.
  • Melissa Rycroft and Toni Dovolani (Salsa): 26 (9, 8, 9). Combined: 49.
  • Shawn Johnson and Mark Ballas (Salsa): 24 (8, 8, 8) Combined: 47.
  • Lil Kim & Derek Hough (Quickstep): 23 (8, 7, 8). Combined: 44.
  • Chuck Wicks and Julianne Hough (Samba): 20 (6, 7, 7). Combined: 40.
  • Denise Richards and Maksim Chmerkovskiy (Quickstep): 21 (7, 7, 7). Combined: 39.
  • Holly Madison and Dmitry Chaplin (Quickstep): 18 (6, 6, 6). Combined: 36.
  • David Alan Grier and Kym Johnson (Salsa): 17 (6, 5, 6). Combined: 36.
  • Lawrence Taylor and Edyta Sliwinska (Quickstep): 20 (7, 6, 7). Combined: 36.
  • Belinda Carlisle and Jonathan Roberts (Salsa): 18 (6, 6, 6). Combined: 35.
  • Ty Murray and Chelsie Hightower (Quickstep): 20 (7, 6, 7). Combined: 34.
  • Steve-O and Lacey Schwimmer (Salsa): 14 (5, 4, 5). Combined: 31.
  • Steve Wozniak & Karina Smirnoff (Quickstep): 17 (6, 5, 6). Combined: 30.
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Fans are still buzzing over the debut of Melissa Rycroft on Dancing with the Stars last night.

With just two days to rehearse with partner Tony Dovolani - and just over a week since having her heart broken on national TV by Jason Mesnick - Rycroft earned the second-highest score of the night, as she performed a nearly-perfect Waltz.

How would she sum up the experience?

"Unbelievable, surreal - all those emotions," she told Us Weekly after the premiere aired. "I never expected, after what just happened, that I would be standing here right now. I got the call on Friday around lunchtime and was on a plane literally seven hours later, and now we are here!"

Rycroft, who studied ballet as a child, said she also benefitted from immediate chemistry with Dovolani.

"I came in, and we instantly started a friendship and began having fun and that made this experience so much better."

How far do you think Melissa Rycroft will advance on Dancing with the Stars?

 

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I don't know the Bachelor guy, but he's a loser.

Dancing with the Stars judge Bruno Tonioli echoed the sentiments of reality TV fans around the world with this critique, but he didn't provide it simply to help mend a broken heart. Instead, Bruno - along with fellow judge Carrie Ann Inaba - were enamored by the performance of Melissa Rycroft.

With just days to prepere her waltz, Rycroft and partner Tony Dovolani earned the second highest score of last night's DWTS premiere, a combined 23 from the panel.

Melissa Rycroft, DWTS

Here's a rundown of the rest of the night, including the final score for another late addition to the show and celebrity gossip favorite: Holly Madison.

  • Lil Kim and Derek Hough: 23
  • Jonathon Roberts and Belinda Carlisle: 17
  • Kym Johnson and David Alan Grier: 19
  • Shawn Johnson and Mark Ballas: 23
  • Dmitry Chaplin and Madison: 18
  • Cheryl Burke and Gilles Marini: 24
  • Chelsie Hightower and Ty Murray: 14
  • Lacey Schwimmer and Steve-0: 14
  • Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Denise Richards: 18
  • Edyta Sliwinska and Lawrence Taylor: 16
  • Julianne Hough and Chuck Wicks: 20
  • Karina Smirnoff and Steve Wozniak: 13

Who do you think should be sent home tonight? Click on the pics below for a few more images from last night's premiere:

  • Gilles Marini and Cheryl Burke Photo
  • Holly Madison and Dmitry Chaplin
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Despite only having a few days to rehearse, Melissa Rycroft should have no problem on Dancing With the Stars, says her ex-fiance Jason Mesnick.

"I am so excited for Melissa," The Bachelor star tells Extra. "I know she's danced her whole life, and must be excited. I hope and think she will win it all."

Meanwhile, on Monday's Bonnie Hunt Show, Mesnick continued his national apology tour after dumping Rycroft on the "After the Final Rose" special.

"I want to apologize to you and to the audience and to anybody who is watching because I did something obviously that I am not very proud of and that is talking to [Melissa Rycroft] in front of the camera," the single dad admits.

"It's something that I regret and I've thought about every day since it happened ... the producers really wanted me to do it that way, but it was my decision, I take full responsibility for my actions and I apologize most of all to Melissa," he says.

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The passion between Jason and Melissa was palpable on The Bachelor. But he says he knew Rycroft wasn't the right girl for him soon after the show ended.

"We had spent a bunch of weekends together and spent a week together at Christmas and all of a sudden ... we had so many silences and nothing to talk about," he says. "I think we both knew there was something missing."

Molly Malaney, the show's runner-up who is now dating Mesnick, admits she was iffy about dating him after seeing how he treated Melissa Rycroft.

"I needed to understand what happened with Melissa and him," said the 24-year-old department store buyer and Grand Rapids, Mich., native.

"I wanted to make sure that he wasn't running back to me just because it didn't work out with Melissa," added Malaney, who isn't planning on getting married or engaged to Mesnick yet, but says she's very happy with her man.

Like Jason, we can't wait to watch Melissa Rycroft dance tonight!

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