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Originally posted 11/09/2012 07:30PM
There have been more than a few surprises at Dancing with Stars this season, but none bigger than host Brooke Burke-Charvet's announcement of a cancer diagnosis.
"You would never have known she was going through this," competitor Melissa Rycroft, who currently is atop the leaderboard, tells PEOPLE. "We all commend her for being brave and going public with it and I know she's a fighter. She will pull through this."
Rycroft's pro partner Tony Dovolani adds, "As parents, we know exactly what she is going through. She has an incredible heart and a strong mind. In fact, she's actually trying to be strong for all of us. Things like this bring us all closer."
Originally posted 11/05/2012 10:35PM
It was a busy night on Dancing with the Stars Monday – but not for an injured Derek Hough.
The pro sat out this week's competition, in which the seven remaining couples performed a dance fusion and competed in a swing dance marathon. But Hough's partner Shawn Johnson was in good hands with her season 8 partner, Mark Ballas.
Keep reading to find out how they did in the dance fusion, which required the couples to blend two different styles during one song, and the four-minute swing marathon.
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.
Originally posted 10/22/2012 09:45PM
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."
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."
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."
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.
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.
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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