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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.

Mellissa Rycroft wins DWTS
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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.

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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.


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