, just wanted to make it to Week 4 of All-Stars with Tony Dovolani.
But she exceeded all of her — and arguably everyone's — expectations by taking home the Mirrorball trophy and overcoming season-long front-runners Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough in the process.
“I’m so happy bro, I’m so happy for you,” Val said, hugging Tony as he joined our interview. “I was looking over [at Tony] going, ‘It’s Shawn and Derek,’ and we were doing the, ‘Second place is great, it’s better than we did [in] Season 8,” Melissa recounted to “At that point, when you hear your name called, it is surreal and unbelievable.” And the win fell on a day that made it extra special for Tony. It’s the 100th year for Albanian independence, so for me, this means so much to win here, because America saved my life,” Tony said.
“I’m getting old, you know, so it’s something of interest to me.”“It would be fun to have a pool of guys around you and getting to know someone,” Cheryl, who's been linked to actor , added.
I was not expecting to hear my name and it was just utter astonishment and shock. Tony had never been there and it was better than we had done in Season 8.
Then after the longest pause by Tom, when he said our names, it was just unbelievable.
I made eye contact with him and I just heard my name and then I lost it! When it came down to the final two couples, I looked at Tony and was like, "You've never been down here." And he was like, "No." He'd only ever made it to third place.
At that point, I'll be honest, I really thought it was going to be Shawn and Derek. When we had guaranteed made it to second, that was already such an accomplishment.
Tony Dovolani has come a long way from the three-year-old learning to folk dance in Prishtina, Kosova."Honestly, I don't think anyone predicted us to win," Rycroft tells "We wanted to win, but we certainly didn't expect to. We hopped on that plane right after the show and I think it was just too much adrenaline for all of us. I don't think that it's really hit me yet and every once in a while, I look over in the corner at the trophy and go, "That's mine! " It's so unexpected and yeah, I'm waiting to wake up and realize that I won.Rycroft did not announce her due date, saying the baby is expected to arrive "this spring, next season." The baby's gender is not yet known. She also shared the news on social media by tweeting a picture of her positive Clear Blue pregnancy test and posting a picture of her family on Facebook. It's official, the Strickland Family is growing by one next Spring," Rycroft wrote. The list is ongoing, but pro Chelsie Hightower tweeted that she's back, Season 19 winner Alfonso Ribeiro is returning (he hasn't really left yet), Mark Ballas' past partners Chelsea Kane and Katherine Jenkins appear to be back, and Derek Hough's partners Amber Riley, Amy Purdy, and Maria Menounos seem to be returning.