Melissa Rycroft has changed so much since the eighth season of “Dancing With the Stars,” her pro partner Tony Dovolani says, “It’s like dancing with a new person” as they prep for the all-star 15th season that launches Sept. 24.
“She’s married now and has a child. She has a better attitude than last time. She even likes different music,” reports Dovolani. “DWTS” fans will recall that last time, the popular “The Bachelor” contestant and “Bachelor Pad” cohost came in with just two days to prepare, subbing for an injured Nancy O’Dell, and wound up making it all the way through the season in a third place finish.
Melissa takes daughter Ava to her daycare/school, then she and Tony rehearse from 9:30 to 2:30, when she leaves to pick up the tot, according to Tony. “She hasn’t neglected her child at all,” he says — and they still log intense rehearsal days.
Family man Dovolani is the perfect guy to understand her need to split her time. He has a seven-year-old daughter and four-year-old twins, a boy and a girl. “At seven o’clock in the morning,” he tells us, “the music goes on in my home and we dance.”