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With just days to fill in for an injured Nancy O'Dell, jilted reality star Melissa Rycroft unveiled an elegant waltz – and her killer abs! – with partner Tony Dovolani. The result: "The Bachelor's loss is Dancing with the Stars' gain," said judge Len Goodman of her stunning debut.
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More spectacular moves, less costume! The following week, Rycroft kicked things up a notch with a "juicy salsa" that had Goodman "gyrating on the seat" and kept the reality star within striking distance of the top spot.
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After two weeks behind front-runner Gilles Marini, Rycroft evened the score with an elegant foxtrot that showed off her winning form – from both sides of the ballroom, no less.
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She may have faltered in her paso doble, but did it really matter? All eyes – including those of partner Dovolani's – were focused on the Texan's mesmerizing belly dance.
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Rycroft was more than bikini-ready to rumba with Dovolani as they hit the dancefloor with a down-and-dirty routine that vaulted them back up the leader board for a second-place finish.
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What a way to make a comeback! After sitting out of the competition the previous week with a rib injury, Rycroft shook things up big time with a samba surprise – scoring her first perfect score of the season. Looking back on the routine, Rycroft says "There's lots of hips, lots of arms – it was fun to do. What a fun dance to get a perfect 30 on!"
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