First of all, I am really amazed about how well this season's Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars show has been, along with the way it was handled and perceived by the public. The competition was really fierce, with all of the competitors having to bring their A-game. One of the competitors this season who brought their A-game to the competition was ex-Dallas Cowboys cheerleader Melissa Rycroft from the show's eighth season.
Rycroft joined the show in season 8 as a replacement for Nancy O'Dell (Access Hollywood host) after she(O'Dell) encountered an injury prior to the show and had to withdraw. Rycroft was paired with professional dancer Tony Dovolani, who has partnered her for both of these seasons; however, the couple had never won a mirror-ball trophy until now.
During the All-Stars season, Melissa and Tony started to rise above the pack of other dancers during the "Swing Dance Marathon," where the couple were the last ones dancing and achieved the highest score. As the season came down to the last few weeks, competition became harder as she competed against other mirror-ball-winning competitors Shawn Johnson and Kelly Monaco, who had become equally as good.
On Tuesday, November 28th, 2012's Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars results show, it was announced that Melissa Rycroft won the season's trophy, making this her first mirror-ball trophy. Rycroft definitely earned the trophy this season, and we congratulate her for her amazing victory on America's most-watched dance reality television show.