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Tony Dovolani Feared the Worst When Melissa Rycroft Was Injured on DWTS | Melissa Rycroft, Tony Dovolani

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UpdatePosted 10/23/2012 10:00AM

Melissa Rycroft Injury on DWTS Made Tony Dovolani Fear the Worst

Originally posted 10/23/2012 08:00AM

While most of the couples on Dancing with the Stars put energy into nailing their Monday night routine, Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani were focused on something much more serious – the reality star's well-being.

"It's been an emotional couple of days," Rycroft, 29, told reporters after successfully completing the group dance to Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" that gave her a herniated disk neck injury during rehearsal.

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Melissa Rycroft Returns to the Dancing Ballroom After Injury

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Melissa Rycroft Returns to Dancing with the Stars After Injury

Originally posted 10/22/2012 09:45PM

She's back!

Despite injuring her neck during rehearsals and being rushed to the hospital on Sunday, Dancing with the Stars contestant Melissa Rycroft returned to the ballroom to perform on Monday night.

And she danced a high-flying team freestyle routine despite having what she called a "herniated disc in my upper neck."

"I'm on a little medication right now," Rycroft said before the performance to Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe." "[But] I'm officially cleared to dance."

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Melissa Rycroft Cries Out and Grabs Neck in Dancing with the Stars Rehearsal Footage

Originally posted 10/22/2012 05:00PM



What happened to Melissa Rycroft?

The Dancing with the Stars contestant was rushed to an L.A. hospital Sunday after injuring herself while rehearsing a group number for Monday's show – and now video of the accident is available.

In footage taken during the rehearsal, Rycroft's partner, Tony Dovolani, jumps over Rycroft and then pulls her by her arms between his legs along the ballroom floor. When she pops up, she immediately puts a hand to her neck, grimaces and cries out in pain. Later, she's also seen on the floor wiping tears away and holding her neck.

"Melissa Rycroft suffered an on-set injury during Sunday's camera blocking rehearsal and was immediately taken to the hospital," a rep tells PEOPLE. "We can confirm Melissa was diagnosed with a disc herniation at the C4-C5 level of her cervical spine. At this time, Melissa's ability to perform in tonight's show will be a show time decision."

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Dancing's Melissa Rycroft Hospitalized with Neck Injury | Melissa Rycroft, Tony Dovolani

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Melissa Rycroft Injured While Rehearsing for Dancing with the Stars

Originally posted 10/21/2012 09:30PM

Former Bachelor star Melissa Rycroft was rushed to a Los Angeles hospital Sunday afternoon after suffering a head and neck injury during rehearsals for Monday's Dancing with the Stars episode.

"Melissa was taken by ambulance to a local hospital where she is currently being examined," Rycroft's rep tells PEOPLE. "She was accompanied to the hospital by her husband, Tye Strickland, and her dance partner, Tony Dovolani. Everyone is taking all necessary precautions at this time."

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Paula Abdul Gives Out Perfect 10s as DWTS Judge

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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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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

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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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