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Melissa Rycroft and husband Tye Strickland expecting second child


By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 10/22/2013 

Melissa Rycroft has announced she is expecting another baby with husband Tye Strickland.

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"The Dancing family is growing. We have a little bundle growing," Rycroft, who competed on Dancing with the Stars' eighth season in 2009 and the show's All-Stars edition in 2012, said during a Tuesday appearance on Good Morning America.

Rycroft said their second child is due "this spring," which will be the "next season" -- the eighteenth edition -- of Dancing with the Stars. The couple did not reveal whether they have a baby girl or boy on the way.

Rycroft and Strickland got engaged in June 2009 and wed in December of that same year. Rycroft gave birth to the couple's daughter Ava Grace in February 2011.

Reality viewers were first exposed to Rycroft when she appeared on the first two seasons of CMT's Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team. She then went on to compete as one of the bachelorettes vying for Jason Mesnick's heart on The Bachelor's thirteenth season, which was filmed in late 2008 and aired in early 2009.

She got engaged to Mesnick during the taping of The Bachelor's final Rose Ceremony -- but he later dumped her on-air in favor of runner-up (and eventual wife) Molly Malaney during the January 2009 taping of the season's After the Final Rose special.

However, Rycroft quickly entered into a new relationship of her own and reunited with Strickland, her former boyfriend whom she had previously dated on and off after meeting three years earlier, and the couple subsequently got engaged and wed by the end of 2009.

After her rejection by Mesnick, Rycroft also accepted an offer to join Dancing with the Stars' Spring 2009 edition as a last-minute replacement for injured Access Hollywood co-anchor Nancy O'Dell. She eventually finished third behind Gilles Marini and eventual champ Shawn Johnson.

Rycroft went on to work as a correspondent for GMA, contribute to ABC's 2010 Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest broadcast, and also serve as a special Entertainment Tonight correspondent. In addition, she served as the co-host of Bachelor Pad's first season, which aired in 2010.

Rycroft returned to Dancing with the Stars to compete on the show's fifteenth season dubbed Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars in 2012. She was crowned the winner with professional partner Tony Dovolani after competing against memorable veteran celebrity dancers.

Rycroft and Strickland also starred in Melissa and Tye: A New Reality together in 2012, however, the reality show was canceled by CMT after only one season.

(Photo credit ABC)


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