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The Bachelor Alum Melissa Rycroft Reveals She Was ‘Turned Down’ For ‘RHOD’ — Twice!

Melissa Rycroft revealed that she auditioned for The Real Housewives of Dallas — twice, but she was turned down.

The Bachelor and Dancing with the Stars alum, who is a Texas native, recently answered fan questions during a Q&A session via Instagram.

“Why would you never go on the Real Housewives of Dallas?” one social media user inquired on Friday, March 27, according to Us Weekly.

Rycroft replied, “I’ve been interviewed and turned down twice … I am so NOT Housewife material!”

She added a GIF of Real Housewives of New York City star Luann de Lesseps.

Melissa appeared on the 13th season of The Bachelor as one of the 25 bachelorettes competing for bachelor Jason Mesnick. In the season finale, Mesnick chose Rycroft over runner-up Molly Malaney and proposed.

However, Mesnick dumped Rycroft during After the Final Rose six weeks after they got engaged because he was still thinking about runner-up Molly Malaney.

Rycroft reconnected with her ex-boyfriend Tye Strickland after the show. They got married in December 2009. The pair share three children: daughter Ava (10) and sons Beckett (6) and Cayson (4).

Rycroft also competed on Dancing with the Stars. She appeared in Season 8 and was partnered with Tony Dovolani and finished in third place. She and Dovolani once again served as partners in the All-Stars season and were announced as the winners on the season finale. 

Melissa has hosted several reality shows, including Bachelor Pad, Redneck Island, and Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team. Prior to joining The Bachelor, Rycroft was a Dallas cheerleader. She danced for the team from 2006 to 2008.

She and her husband also had their own reality show, Melissa & Tye, for one season. The series aired in 2012 on CMT.

RHOD premiered on Bravo in 2016. Season 5, which is currently airing, stars Stephanie Hollman, Brandi Redmond, D’Andra Simmons, Kameron Westcott, Kary Brittingham, and Tiffany Moon.


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