Melissa Rycroft takes DWTS title on second try (+video)
Melissa Rycroft was crowned champion Tuesday on 'Dancing With The Stars: All Stars,' the ABC TV dance competition. Melissa Rycroft and her partner Tony Dovolani dazzled the show's judges with a samba and a freestyle dance.
Melissa Rycroft was crowned champion of the celebrity television competition "Dancing With the Stars - All Stars" on Tuesday, propelled by perfect scores from the judges and fan votes which spelled victory for the television host.
Rycroft, a former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader who was also a contestant on the reality dating show "The Bachelor," danced with partner Tony Dovolani and dazzled the show's judges on Monday with a samba and a freestyle dance, both of which earned perfect 10 scores from all three judges.
The 15th season of the hit ABC dance competition brought back 13 former top competitors for a special "all-star" edition and concluded with its first-ever all female finale. Rycroft came in third place during her first appearance on Dancing With the Stars.
Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson, who was third after Monday's show, was the season's runner-up, while "General Hospital" star Kelly Monaco placed third. Johnson and Rycroft both competed in the show's eighth season, but Johnson won while Rycroft came in third.