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Sexy Gilles Marini made it all the way to the Dancing with the Stars finals but lost to Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson. Though he complained about his injured shoulder, he never stopped dancing and this led many people to believe the injury was exaggerated.

“A lot of people thought I was joking. No, no. It was bad. A lot of damage to my shoulder,” says the 33-year-old, who was later diagnosed with tendonitis and recently underwent surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

“I had an outpatient procedure and the surgeon discovered there was a lot more damage than what we originally thought,” Marini told PEOPLE. The surgery was successful and according to the physician he should fully recover in three weeks.

Marini was asked about plans for the summer- He plans on taking his family to France for a couple of weeks before returning to the states to accept some acting roles. He already confirmed he will be playing Rachel Griffith’s love interest on Brothers and Sisters next season.

Even though he lost on the show, he certainly feels like a winner. “My son [Georges] made a trophy for me. It has four lines on it and the first letters of each line are D-W-T-S,” Marini says proudly. “The first line says ‘Daddy, you’re the best.’ The second line is ‘With all my love.’ The third line is ‘Ten-Eleven-Ten,’ because Len [Goodman] joked he wished he could give me an eleven. And the last line is ‘so proud, Georges.’ This is what it’s all about.”

Lastly, Marini says “For me it was never about winning or losing. After I made it to week five – I am not a dancer and I went that far on a dancing show – I felt like a winner in my heart.”

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DWTS contestant, Melissa Rycroft admits to UsMagazine that she really wanted to win after Shawn Johnson was named season eight winner of Dancing with the Stars at the finale. “I wanted that mirror ball trophy, I really did,” she tells Usmagazine. “But I don’t need it because I know I’ve accomplished more than I ever thought I could.

Rycroft who rose to fame after being dumped on national TV by Jason Mesnick on The Bachelor is thankful to have been one of the final three competitors, along with Johnson and Sex in the city star Gilles Marini.

According to Rycroft, her life has changed over the last several months and she is grateful for the opportunities she has been given. “Never in a million years did I imagine I’d be dancing with an Olympian and someone who was in a blockbuster movie,” Rycroft said after she and partner Tony Dovolani were eliminated Tuesday.

Rycroft feels like they all won because they all worked hard. “Backstage, we were all really happy for each other. We started reminiscing about our journeys and how far each of us has come and the last time we were all out here, we all got perfect scores”, Rycroft continues.

So what’s next for Rycroft? Now that she’s in the reality show spotlight, will she try to stay there? “I really don’t know,” she tells Us. “I’m not going to pursue anything right now, but if things come my way I will look into them.” Melissa is open to any opportunities that may come her way and she seems to have a bright future ahead of her.

Most people thought Marini will win the trophy but even though he took Second-place he is “thrilled” for Johnson but disappointed he let his son down. Marini lost by less than one percent. “I told my son I was sorry because he only understands one thing and that is, “Daddy lost,” so it is difficult for him to understand,” Marini tells Us. Not to worry, he plans on getting his son lots of gift to make up for the loss.

Marini hopes to be involved in several meaningful projects in the future. Something tells me we haven’t seen the last of either Marini or Rycroft.

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Ex Bachelor star Jason Mesnick is finally opening up about his post Bachelor life, and even talks about his ex fiance, Melissa Rycroft‘s success on Dancing With The Stars. He also talks about Jillian Harris doing the Bachelorette.

Jason has pretty much kept a low profile until now. Jason along with his current girlfirend, Molly, opened up to Access Hollywood’s Maria Menounos (pictured above with them) about still feeling some heat over his very bad choice to dump publicly dump Melissa.

“I think the time for me when people have been negative is when like a girl – her boyfriend just broke up with her and they just look at me like it’s my fault,” Jason says “I’m sorry if you feel that way, but it’s not me! It happens every day and it wasn’t me, I promise.”

Jason and Molly claim they have yet to get used to the media spotlight and try their best to stay away from it, “We really stepped away from everything. That’s not why we did the show. That’s not why we did any of this,” says Jason.

And what do they think of Melissa’s being on DWTS? “I haven’t been able to watch, but a lot of people that I work with watch and they said she’s been doing a phenomenal job,” Molly said. “That doesn’t surprise me – she’s a great dancer.”

Jason says he is not surprised at Melissa’s success on the show, “When I found out she was on the show, I said I think she’s going to win it,” he added. “Because I know how passionate she is about dancing. I think it was a great fit.”

When asked if he had any advise for new Bachelorette, Jillian Harris, Jason says “She doesn’t need any advice from me. She said that she was always looking for a best friend and I think that’s what she’ll look for and she’ll find.”

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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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