Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader Melissa Rycroft became a familiar face in reality TV when she appeared on the 13th season of the popular series The Bachelor in 2008. She was selected the winner at the end of the season, but Bachelor Jason Mesnick then changed his mind and broke up with Rycroft in favor of runner-up Molly Malaney. Rycroft then joined the cast of Dancing with the Stars in 2009 just before the eighth season premiere, stepping in to replace Nancy O'Dell, who withdrew due to injury.
Biography by Cammila Collar
- Was a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader from 2006 to '08.
- Appeared in the reality show Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team.
- Accepted a marriage proposal from Jason Mesnick in the Season 13 finale of The Bachelor, but he ended their engagement---and expressed his desire to date runner-up Molly Malaney---in the After the Final Rose special.
- Had only two days to prepare for her performance on Dancing With the Stars in 2009, but---with partner Tony Dovolani---tied for second place in the season opener.
- Crowned champion of Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars in 2012, defeating former winners Kelly Monaco and Shawn Johnson.