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Melissa Rycroft Biography

reality cast member

Fast Facts

  • 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


  • Ava Grace Strickland -- Daughter
  • Tye Strickland -- Husband
  • Beckett Thomas Strickland -- Son
  • Cayson Jack Strickland -- Son