“Dancing with the Stars” has crowned its All Star — and a first-time winner.
Melissa Rycroft earned the mirrorball trophy during Tuesday night’s results show, besting a popular soap diva and an Olympic champion. Rycroft, a former “Bachelor” contestant and Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader, came in third during season 8 alongside partner Tony Dovolani. They were reunited during the “All Stars” season. This was also Dovolani’s first win.
Rycroft’s lackluster instant samba earned 28.5 points, but the judges virtually crowned her the winner weeks ago. No doubt she was a strong competitor, but she was also awarded inflated scores and almost unanimous praise, soaring into the finals on sentiment.
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