Melissa Rycroft joining Dancing with the Stars

Exactly one week after being proposed to and then dumped on national television, Melissa Rycroft will join another reality series on ABC: Dancing with the Stars. Although she rejected an offer to appear as The Bachelorette 5 after being rejected by Jason on The Bachelor 13, she has been cast on the dancing competition.

People magazine cites “a source close to the production” and says that she “is expected to perform live on ‘Dancing’s’ Monday premiere” even though she “has had only days to rehearse.”

Melissa will be replacing Nancy O’Dell, who withdrew along with Jewel last week after both were injured; Holly Madison will replace Jewel.

Although it’s somewhat strange that Melissa would return to reality TV so fast, it makes perfect sense that ABC would capitalize on her popularity, never mind the fact that it’s difficult to find an actual star to participate this late. Plus, if she eventually wins the mirror ball trophy, they can just take it away from her and save money for next season.

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