November 28, 2012 09:25 AM by Stephanie Gustafson
After a long season filled with injuries, family struggles and other bad news, Melissa Rycroft emerged victorious in her second attempt to capture the mirror ball trophy on Dancing with the Stars. But despite earning constant praise (and perfect scores) from the judges, the Bachelor alum says she never expected to win the all-star season. Talk about a nice surprise!
In the first all-female and all-star finale on DWTS, we were expecting a second trophy for Shawn Johnson. After all, the former Olympian has consistently received high scores from the judges and has the added benefit of a huge fan base. But it looks like the gamble Shawn and Derek made in performing a rule-breaking dance did not pay off.
Melissa and Tony also took on a bit of a risk in choosing to perform a contemporary number for the finale. Although Melissa does have some dance training, it’s still not extensive enough to pull off many of the leg extensions, turns and other tricks you see in the dance competition circuit and on shows such as So You Think You Can Dance. But this gamble did pay off, because the emotional connection and clean lines of Melissa and Tony’s contemporary piece easily captured both the judges and the audience.
Like much of the audience, Melissa was shocked to learn that she and Tony were the winners of the all-star season. Melissa later told Jimmy Kimmel, “We didn’t expect it, it was really surreal…there were just shiny mirror balls in front of us!” When asked what she planned to do with her “shiny mirror ball,” Melissa responded, “I think I’m gonna put it on my front lawn or maybe on the front of my car — somewhere where I can really advertise it.” And no, she will not let her daughter play with the trophy.
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