‘Dancing with the Stars’ spotlight: Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani

Tony Dovolani has been on almost every season of “Dancing with the Stars,” but the guy cannot seem to catch a lucky break no matter how hard that he tries. Over the course of the show’s run, the guy has only made it to the finale twice with Stacy Keibler and Melissa Rycroft.

Luckily, the pro is getting and opportunity to work once again with Melissa this season — even though Stacy may have more publicity now than ever courtesy of dating George Clooney. So can this partnership blossom into something great again? Read on to find out.

Claim to fame – Being picked by Jason Mesnick on “The Bachelor,” only to be later rejected by him in favor of Molly Malaney, who is now his wife. Melissa his also since gone on to marry Tye Strickland, and they have a reality show of their own on CMT.

Past placement – 3rd place (season 8)

Past and current partner – Tony Dovolani

Story on the show – Melissa literally came on a few days before the start of the first show after Nancy O’Dell suffered an injury, and nothing was really expected of her. However, as a former cheerleader she took to the moves rather quickly and became a fan favorite thanks to her emotional story on “The Bachelor.”

Strengths – She did so well last time around without even picking up the steps until the last minute, so imagine what she is capable of now! While we don’t know how much ballroom Melissa has done since being on the show, she has stayed in great shape and should be ready for the struggles of rehearsing long hours. Plus, it’s always beneficial when you are working with someone who you already know and respect.

Weaknesses – This is a popularity contest in many ways at the end of the day, and the truth here is that Melissa is one of the lesser-known celebrities on this season. Plus, it’s been years since she was in the spotlight from “The Bachelor,” and she doesn’t have the sympathy vote that she once had. She needs to find a way to be funny and easy to relate to, or we expect some early trouble.

Prediction – Melissa is too talented a dancer to be sent home first, and we think that talent-wise she is good enough to actually make it pretty far on the season. Unfortunately, we just don’t see her fanbase being the same as a Kirstie Alley, a Drew Lachey, or an Emmitt Smith. She’ll probably only last a few weeks and be eliminated on a dance that is one of the better-scored of the night.

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