Melissa Rycroft and partner Tony Dovolani took home the mirror ball trophy for the All-Star season of “Dancing with the Stars” as season 15 drew to a close with what some would call an upset on Tuesday, Nov. 27. Olympic champion Shawn Johnson and partner Derek Hough had a stunning season and were the forerunners going into the finals but a bad call on Derek’s part left the couple short critical points in the finals.
Melissa and Tony were partnered in Season 8 of DWTS where they previously competed against Shawn Johnson who was at that time, partnered with Mark Ballas. Shawn went on to win and Melissa and Tony went home in third place. The All-Star championship is sweet vindication for the pair.
Melissa’s fame came from her years as a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader followed by a heartbreaking on “The Bachelor.” Tony Dovolani has been with “Dancing with the Stars for 14 seasons. Though he gotten close a time or two in the past, this marks his first win.
The couple performed an Instant Dance for the last night of the finals that was assigned at the beginning of the show. They drew the Samba set to “Life Is A Highway.” Having done the Samba the night before as their Repeat Dance, they were confident they would do well. The music did not fit the dance style very well and with only an hour to choose costumes and choreograph the routine, their performance seemed a bit rushed. They earned a 28.5 for the performance. Combined with their two perfect scores from the previous night, the couple had an 88.5 out 90 and was at the top of the leader board. When viewer votes were added, Melissa and Tony were named the new champions of “Dancing with the Stars.”
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