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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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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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Dancing's Tony Dovolani & Cheryl Burke Reveal All-Stars Wish List | Cheryl Burke, Tony Dovolani

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Dancing with the Stars: Tony Dovolani & Cheryl Burke Reveal All-Stars Wish List

Originally posted 07/12/2012 08:05PM

No one knows exactly who will compete on the all-star season of Dancing with the Stars in the fall – not even the pros. But Cheryl Burke and Tony Dovolani have their wish lists when it comes to which celebrities should return.

"I would love to see winners, finalists and controversial characters come back," Burke, 28, told PEOPLE at Wednesday's ESPY Awards in Los Angeles.

"Every season there are those one or two contestants who really stand out," she said. "If we have a mixture of winners, people switching partners, maybe I would be with my original partner, or Karina [Smirnoff] would be with her original partner, but having it mixed and matched, would be really interesting."

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DWTS's Tony Dovolani Surprises His Kids with a Puppy | Tony Dovolani

UpdatePosted 05/01/2012 04:45PM

Dancing with the Stars' Tony Dovolani Surprises His Kids with a Puppy

Originally posted 05/01/2012 12:40PM

He was "destroyed" when his partner Martina Navratilova got the boot the first week of Dancing with the Stars, but Tony Dovolani rebounded quickly – thanks to a furry friend.

The dancing pro surprised his children – Luana, 6, and twins Adrian and Ariana, 3 – with a new dog when he returned home.

"When I came back from this season, I showed up with a puppy and they went nuts," Dovolani tells PEOPLE. "They've always wanted a puppy."

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Tony Dovolani 'Destroyed' over Martina Navratilova's Dancing Elimination | Martina Navratilova, Tony Dovolani

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UpdatePosted 03/28/2012 09:35AM

Tony Dovolani 'Destroyed' over Martina Navratilova's Dancing with the Stars Elimination

Originally posted 03/28/2012 09:00AM

Two weeks of low scores on a competitive season was too much to overcome for Martina Navratilova and her partner Tony Dovolani, who became the first couple to go on Dancing with the Stars Tuesday night.

"I'll miss Tony," Navratilova, 55, told reporters backstage after her elimination. "We had a lot of fun. I started feeling the dances better. And I really felt so much more confident yesterday than the first week. Go figure."


 When asked if he had any regrets about leaving the show first, Dovolani told PEOPLE, "Absolutely not," adding, "Martina's probably one of the most wonderful people I've ever had the chance to work with. Not only is she a female icon, but she has probably the kindest heart I've ever met. So, I'm actually pretty destroyed right now."

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Who's the First to Go Home on Dancing? | Gavin DeGraw, Gladys Knight, Martina Navratilova, Melissa Gilbert

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Dancing with the Stars: Who's the First to Go?

Originally posted 03/27/2012 10:20PM

Season 14 of Dancing with the Stars premiered with what head judge Len Goodman considered the most impressive debut in the show's history. But it's a competition – and somebody had to go.

With two weeks of combined scores, Martina Navratilova, Melissa Gilbert, Gavin DeGraw and Gladys Knight ranked lowest among the 12 couples on the show. But which celebrity and their pro partner were in jeopardy of heading home once votes were added into the equation? And who was the first to leave the ballroom this season?

Keep reading to find out ...

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See Sherri Shepherd, Jack Wagner and More in Official DWTS Photos | Jack Wagner, Sherri Shepherd

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Dancing with the Stars Cast Photos Revealed

Originally posted 03/06/2012 11:50AM

The season 14 cast members of Dancing with the Stars are set to hit the parquet in fewer than two weeks. But the new crop of contestants have already suited up in their sparkling best to pose for official portraits.

Sherri Shepherd, who will dance with Val Chmerkovskiy, calls her stint on the ballroom dance competition a "dream come true."

She'll face off against soap star-turned-singer Jack Wagner, who will partner with Anna Trebunskaya. Tennis icon Martina Navratilova will also hit the floor with Tony Dovolani. And Family Matters star Jaleel White will compete alongside former champ Kym Johnson.

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Dancing with the Stars Season 14 Cast Revealed | Sherri Shepherd, William Levy

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Dancing with the Stars Season 14 Cast Revealed

Originally posted 02/28/2012 08:20AM

Spring is just around the corner – and so is season 14 of Dancing with the Stars! Twelve new cast members, including Sherri Shepherd, and their professional dance partners were announced on Good Morning America Tuesday.

"It's a dream come true," The View co-host told PEOPLE about training with returning pro Val Chmerkovskiy. "He is one of the best frickin' dancers in the world. He's hot!"

And here's who else is preparing to take the ballroom by storm when the show's new season premieres March 19 on ABC:

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Chynna Phillips and Tony Dovolani Plan to 'Make Love on the Dance Floor' | Chynna Phillips, Tony Dovolani

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Chynna Phillips and Tony Dovolani Plan to 'Make Love on the Dance Floor'

Originally posted 09/30/2011 11:25AM

Chynna Phillips and Tony Dovolani are bringing sexy back.

After judge Carrie Ann Inaba told the former Wilson Phillips singer and her pro partner that they "played it a little safe" with their jive on Dancing with the Stars this week, the couple are ready to kick things up a notch for their next performance.

"We're going to make love on the dance floor," Dovolani, 38, tells PEOPLE. "There are going to be lots of hips moving and interesting things. We're going to light up the floor. We want everybody at home and in the seats to feel like they're actually living the story with us."

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