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Paula Abdul Gives Out Perfect 10s as DWTS Judge

Dancing With the Stars

Gilles Marini & Shawn Johnson Earn Perfect 10s on Dancing with the Stars

Originally posted 10/15/2012 10:10PM

With last week's double-elimination behind them, the remaining nine couples on Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars were forced to perform a dance selected for them by one of their competitors.

And they had a famous face on board to assess them this week.

Paula Abdul joined the judges panel alongside Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba for the night. Naturally, she brought her characteristic good cheer to the ABC show – and she notably awarded one of the season's first perfect 10s to Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd for their Bollywood-themed routine.

The couple also received 10s from Bruno and Carrie Ann, who told them, "Aladdin has nothing on you, Gilles Marini." Only Len was a holdout, though he gave the pair an impressive 9.5.

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Dancing With the Stars

Melissa Rycroft Talks Dancing After Baby

Originally posted 10/05/2012 05:00PM



Given the high marks from judges that Melissa Rycroft and partner Tony Dovolani have received on Dancing with the Stars' all-star season, it's hard to tell that the reality star is having trouble getting her moves down.

But Rycroft, 29, admits that since giving birth to daughter Ava Grace last year, her body isn't as mobile as it was during her first time competing on ABC's hit show.

"I think Tony and I noticed right off the bat that my body is very different than it was," she recently told PEOPLE during rehearsal.

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Melissa Rycroft: I'm Excited for Ava to See My DWTS Costumes | Melissa Rycroft, Tony Dovolani

Melissa Rycroft: I'm Excited for Ava to See My DWTS Costumes

Originally posted 09/25/2012 02:30PM

"It really is just so much fun – the hair, the makeup, the dancing and the camaraderie that you have," she says

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Karina Smirnoff Will Be 'Very Surprised' If Bristol Palin Wins DWTS | Karina Smirnoff

Dancing With the Stars

Karina Smirnoff Weighs In on All-Star Cast of Dancing with the Stars

Originally posted 08/04/2012 02:45PM

Since the all-star cast of the fall season of Dancing with the Stars was revealed, it's become clear that all bets are off regarding the show's next winner. After all, the cast includes returning champions like former NFL player Emmitt Smith and Olympians Apolo Anton Ohno and Shawn Johnson, as well as beloved fan-favorites like Melissa Rycroft, Kirstie Alley and Gilles Marini.

But Dancing pro (and season 13 winner) Karina Smirnoff isn't afraid to share her thoughts on who might emerge victorious in the show's new season, which premieres Sept. 24 on ABC.

"The women are very strong, but the male celebrity guests are a little bit stronger overall," Smirnoff told PEOPLE at an event sponsored by the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau. "I mean, we have an Olympian male guest – Apolo Anton Ohno. I'm sure he'll go very far."

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Melissa Rycroft & Tye Strickland Make It a Comedy Date Night | Melissa Rycroft

Melissa Rycroft & Tye Strickland Make It a Comedy Date Night

Originally posted 05/07/2012 05:55AM

Melissa Rycroft and Tye Strickland laughed it up during a date night at the El Portal Theatre in L.A., where they attended Clorox's Last Comic Sitting event hosted by Sherri Shepherd.

According to an onlooker, the couple was "very cuddly" and held hands at the show when Tye didn't have his arm around Melissa. "They are just so in love and just so cute," says the onlooker.

The two had a sip of wine before the show began, but ultimately raced to their seats, where they laughed at the performances before leaving the grab sushi and head home to daughter Ava.

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Melissa Rycroft: I Won't Let My Reality Show Ruin My Marriage | Melissa Rycroft

Melissa Rycroft: I Won't Let My Reality Show Ruin My Marriage

Originally posted 05/04/2012 05:30PM

Melissa Rycroft refuses to be a statistic.

The TV personality, 29, says her latest series, Melissa and Tye: A New Reality, won't tear apart her marriage, even though she has to balance a long-distance relationship with hubby Tye Strickland in order to film the show with their daughter Ava in L.A., while he's holding down their home base in Texas.

"He's been great throughout the whole process," Rycroft tells PEOPLE. "He's the one who has been the motivating factor. He was like, 'You need to give this a shot. It's your turn to be selfish.' And so he was really supportive throughout the whole thing."

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Make Melissa Rycroft's Favorite Spring Rolls | Melissa Rycroft

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Melissa Rycroft's Spring Rolls Recipe

Originally posted 08/19/2011 04:45PM

Melissa Rycroft is settling into her new life in Los Angeles by getting busy in the kitchen.

The Bachelor and Dancing with the Stars alum recently celebrated her move from Texas to California with a housewarming party hosted by the Pampered Chef.

At the event, Rycroft and her girlfriends, including DWTS's pro Cheryl Burke, learned how to whip up some recipes including California spring rolls, tapenade turkey meatballs, white chocolate cupcakes and raspberry tequila sangria.

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It's a Girl for Melissa Rycroft Strickland | Melissa Rycroft

UpdatePosted 02/17/2011 07:55AM

It's a Girl for Melissa Rycroft Strickland

Originally posted 02/16/2011 07:55PM

Melissa Rycroft Strickland is a mom!

The former Bachelor contestant and her husband, insurance agent Tye Strickland, welcomed a daughter on Wednesday afternoon, her rep confirms to PEOPLE.

Ava Grace Strickland, born in Dallas and weighing 6 lbs., 13 oz., is the first child for the pair, who wed in December 2009 in Mexico. Mother and child are resting comfortably.

"Our lives have changed so much in the last two years and today we've been blessed with the best change ever, our beautiful baby girl," Melissa, 27, tells PEOPLE.

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Inside Melissa Rycroft's Bachelorette Bash | Melissa Rycroft

Inside Melissa Rycroft's Bachelorette Bash

Originally posted 11/17/2009 11:00AM

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