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The finale of Dancing With The Stars aired last night with all 3 of the finalists bringing the heat! Melissa Rycroft talked to Us Magazine after Monday night’s final competition show. The former Bachelor star said, “Not confident, just happy. We wanted to get out there and have fun, and backstage we were just relaxed and having fun.

“This was kind of our last performance, and I felt like there was nothing to lose!” adds Melissa, who came in third place behind Shawn Johnson and Gilles Marini, who tied for first.

While Melissa claims to not be a competitive person, she however makes it clear she still wants to win – “It took me awhile to [admit] because I’m not competitive,” says Melissa. “And I thought about it and who’s left, and then I thought, Shawn went to the Olympics because she wanted to win, Gilles goes into an audition wanting the role. So, I decided to think, ‘I wanted to win this!’”

So what are Melissa’s plans once this is over? “I’m going home to Texas, and I’m going to get a puppy!” she says. “Tye said he’d get me a dog if I made it to the finals, and now I’ve been telling everyone so he has to!” Tye is Melissa’s very cute boyfriend for those not aware.

I’m rooting for Melissa or Gilles. Who are you rooting for tonight?

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As the last three contestant Cheryl & Gilles, Shawn & Mark , Meilssa & Tony duke it out on the dance floor who will take home the trophy? According to our polls, we project Gilles and Cheryl as the winners of the 8th season of DWTS. However based on tonight’s performance, I think that Shawn and Mark were phenomenal and should win.

There is no doubt that these three dancers can bring it anyday but who will Americans vote for? Be patient and stay tuned tomorrow as we crown the new winners of DWTS.

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Melissa Rycroft, 26 years old has worn many hats including sales representative, former cowboys cheerleader, DWTS contestants, Bachelor contestant and winner though this is questionable. In addition, Melissa was named people magazine list of world’s most beautiful people of 2009. Way to go girl!

melissa-rycroft-b_3So is Melissa ready for playboy? Rumors have it that Melissa will be featured in playboy after DWTS. Melissa tells USmagazine.com that being in playboy will not be happening and besides her father will kill her. 

Sorry guys this rumor is false, however i can tell you that after DWTS you’ve not seen the last of Melissa.  At the moment, Melissa’s  focus is winning DWTS so she working hard as the finale approaches.  Melissa also enjoys working with Tony her partner in DWTS. 

Rycroft, who was famously dumped by Bachelor Jason Mesnick on national TV, says she is just delighted on how far she’s come.  Rycroft is currently in a relationship with Tye Strickland and they both seem to be happy. 

After DWTS, Melissa plans to go on vacation with no access to her cell phone, radio or TV. Overall. Melissa seems to be happy in her life and present situation.

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ABC”s newest Bachelorette Jillian Harris needs to drum up some publicity for her upcoming show so she’s decided what better way to do that than to publicly root for ex-bachelor star Melissa Rycroft. They both were unlucky in their search for love with Jason Mesnick.

Melissa has made her way to the final 3 on Dancing With The Stars and Jillian makes it clear she is Team Melissa all the way.  “We are such huge supporters of each other,” Harris tells of Melissa, with whom she “became really good friends on The Bachelor.” “I’m so proud of her. I wish I could watch her but I’m so busy with [The Bachelorette]. But I’m rooting for Melissa.”

The feeling is very mutual according to Melissa, who thinks Jillian will make a great Bachelorette, “She’s probably one of the most genuine and down-to-earth girls that I know. I absolutely adore her.”  The new season of The Bachelorette premieres May 18 on ABC.

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Cowboy Ty Murray is the latest star to get the boot from Dancing With The Stars the week before the finale. Ty is however happy to have simply made it this far, saying, “I can’t tell you how happy I am,” Murray said laughing after the show. “I don’t have to learn any more dances.”

Ty goes on to make it clear that he has no regrets in having done the show, “The whole reason I did this show is because it was nice for cowboys to be represented in something so pop culture, and this show did in spades,” Murray said. “For me to be able to do this is a fantastic opportunity. You don’t realize how big something like this is until you’re on a show that 25 million people watch.”

And how does Ty’s rookie dancing partner, Chelsie Hightower, 19 feel about all of this? “I don’t know that I expected us to do this well and I couldn’t be happier,” Hightower added. “I feel great about the run we had and I feel great about leaving right now. It was a great season.”

The three remaining stars including  — actor Gilles Marini, Bachelor star Melissa Rycroft and Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson — will compete for the season eight mirror-ball trophy next week!

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In a somewhat shocking DWTS elimination, Lil Kim became the latest star to get the axe. It was a surprising elimination based on the fact that Lil Kim and her partner Derek Hough scored a total score of 52 on Monday night with Ty Murray and his partner, Chelsie Hightower, scoring 46.

The dancing couple, Kim and Derek, often led with the highest scores of this season.  The crowd gasped, and some booed when the results were announced. Tears filled Kim’s eyes, but it wasn’t long before she and Hough were laughing and hugging again.

Kim joked afterwards saying, “Did they make a mistake.”  Hough added, “It doesn’t matter when it is, even when you think you’re going to be eliminated, when you hear your name it still feels terrible.

She also talked about her favorite part of DWTS, “The greatest feeling is when I’m out here and the crowd is going crazy. The energy from the crowd is the best.”  Derek also said he and Kim will likely remain good friends, “She’s a sweetheart. We’ve been voting for each other for weeks now,” he said. “She had as much grit and as much work ethic as anybody I’d seen on the show.”

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Having had an entire week to recover from her rib injury, Melissa Rycroft is now ready to dance again! The former Bachelor star had to miss last Monday’s show but is now saying she is in fine shape for tonight’s Dancing With the Stars.

“This week, the difference with practice is that we can do things, and if it hurts a little bit, it’s okay,” she tells Entertainment Tonight. “I mean, it’s fine – grit your teeth and move on.”

Melissa and partner Tony Dovolani had to practice two new routines this week, the Viennese waltz and the samba. She has been using a numbing patch to help ease the pain. “It makes it tolerable, manageable,” she says.

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Singer Jewel has some choice advice for Dancing With The Stars’ Melissa Rycroft. Jewel believes the injured dancer should go home if she is too injured to dance.

Jewel wrote on her husband Ty Murray’s blog - “If you’re too hurt to compete, then you can’t compete.”  Jewel continues, “I think the rule about ‘judging a rehearsal if the person is too injured to perform’ was weird both times they have used it.”

The rule states that a contestant who is too injured to compete on the live show will be judged based on their rehearsal footage.  It was put into practice when Steve-O hurt his back and on Monday when Melissa suffered a rib injury.

Jewel however does sympathize with Melissa adding, “As bad as I felt for Melissa, who I hope feels better and comes back, I’m used to our cowboy athletes that live by the rule: ‘Ride hurt or don’t get a score.  It may seem harsh, but it seems like the only way to keep things honest.”

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