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Is Melissa Rycroft a Star?

by Michael Pascua, posted Mar 19th 2009 12:02PM
Melissa and Tony DovolaniThree months ago, if you asked me who Melissa Rycroft was I would have had no clue. I've never watched an episode of The Bachelor in my life. I spent my Mondays watching The Big Bang Theory and Jon & Kate Plus 8 and never got why or when they started the idea of rejected contestants becoming the bachelor/bachelorette.

Then out of nowhere, Nancy O'Dell has to pull out from Dancing with the Stars. The ABC executives shuffle and put Bachelor contestant Melissa Rycroft in her spot. Half of America is happy to see her rebound from national dumping; the other half doesn't know who she is. Thus the big question: Is Melissa Rycroft a star?

The answer is no. She may be a celebrity, but she's currently basking in her 15 minutes of fame. That doesn't make her a "Star." A virtual nobody gets to hang around with a gold medalist, a Bond girl, and the co-founder of Apple just because she got dumped on national television. Sure, she may have been a Dallas Cowboy cheerleader, but I've never been to a football game in my life. If there were only two criteria for the show - being a Dallas Cowboy cheerleader and winning a reality show -- that means that the Amazing Race winner, Starr Spangler would also be eligible. I don't consider her a celebrity.To make it worse, she's now being pegged as the ringer of the season.

Part of Star-power is staying in the public eye. Most, if not all, of the people cast on Dancing with the Stars have been around for at least a year. Holly Madison has at least been a Playboy since 2005, and her show has also been around since 2005, surviving five seasons. Last year, Kim Kardashian had her E! show a year before she was on Dancing with the Stars. Three months of The Bachelor doesn't seem like enough time to consider oneself a "Star."

There have been many D-List celebrities that have wanted to be on or were rumored to be part of this show, including Brooke Hogan and Florence Henderson. I'm sure several of these people were on call as backups. The real question would be: would they boost ratings? No. Melissa Rycroft was on television the week before and was fresh in people's memory. I doubt that people remember the song "About Us" or the show Hogan/Brooke knows Best. No matter what people think of Melissa, the ABC executives got the buzz they hoped for.

Will Melissa Rycroft become a star after the show? Possibly. If she wins the show, she can use the pull to create celebrity and transition that into acting, dancing, or even singing. If I wanted to see someone launch into stardom, I'd watch a show like American Idol. I appreciate that other reality shows allow obscure celebrities, like writer/actor Mike White on the Amazing Race and former SWV member Taj on Survivor, but when the show actually uses the word "Star" in their title, I expect stars. Dancing with the Stars is all about seeing celebrities breaking out of their comfort zone.

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Lisa

who cares if Melissa is a star? Since she's on the show that means Tony gets to dance. I don't care if they pull people off the street and pretend they are stars as long as it mean I get to watch Tony, Maks, Kym, Chelsie and company dance. I tune in to see them

March 25 2009 at 10:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jason Chapa

Four words: WHO GIVES A S!@#?

March 20 2009 at 8:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ginger

Half those people on the show aren't what I would call "stars". There's been seasons when I have no clue who 3 to 4 of those people are, especially lately. What's with all the Melissa bashing. She's gorgeous, dances great, and actually right now is just as much a star if not more than the has beens that have been on there. Hopefully after DWTS this will open up doors for her to where she gets to become a full fledged Star! I say work your 15 minutes girl and make something out of it!

March 20 2009 at 8:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
melanieheida

The Bachelor actually had quite a few viewers.
Melissa was the favorite for sure this season.

Here is what happened:
America fell in love with her from the beginning
The bachelor picked her to win
He proposed to her
She said yes
A few months later he broke up with her on national television to start dating girl #2 instead

The worst part is that she can't even be the next bachelorette because they asked girl #3 to be it!

March 19 2009 at 4:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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GL

I don't watch The Bachelor ever, but I knew all this. It isn't really a stretch to see her on this show. That said, I couldn't have told you the gal's name or picked her out of a police lineup.

March 19 2009 at 4:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dean

Florence Henderson a D-list celebrity? She has more name recognition and visibility than all these other so-called stars combined. Just mention Mrs. Brady and every viewer will know who you're talking about. Here's an idea. Why not have stars from favorite shows compete on DWTS? The Bradys vs the Cosbys. Heroes vs ER. 60 Minutes vs The View!

March 19 2009 at 3:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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marye

even though i was not a big fan of the bachelor i am soooooooo proud that melissa stepped up to the plate and refused to be looked at a loser or even worse second best..congrats..show us what you've got!!!

March 19 2009 at 2:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dave

I've never heard of her before. Not that it matters, there are enough actual stars to draw me in, she's immaterial. I didn't even know she was going to be on until the show aired. At that point, who cares?
To be fair, I still don't know who Nancy O'Dell is.

March 19 2009 at 2:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Theresa

And I didn't know Holly, the guy from Sex in the City or the Apple guy. she is a star for those who watched Bachelor

March 19 2009 at 3:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ryan

I'm also guessing she was probably still under contract for an other reality show (aka the new Bacholette) and they just shoved her on Dancing with the Stars as opposed to risk playing phone tag with legit stars.

I'll bet you in the future they'll have a couple people on reserve as "back up stars" just in case this happens again.

March 19 2009 at 12:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dee

Is Gilles Marini a star? Can you name one other thing he's known for other than his Sex In The City nudity?

Is Ty Murray a star? Based on what, his CMT reality show? How about Steve-O?

Did you know who Josie Maran was a few seasons ago? Did anybody? How about Albert Reed? Did any non-NASCAR fans have a clue who Helio Castroneves was?

Honestly, some of us are getting real tired of TVSquad's constant dumping on reality TV -- even with the creation of the reality-free feed, it seems like half the reality posts are bashes. When is the reality TV bash-free feed coming?

March 19 2009 at 12:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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JosieK

She's not a star, but how many actual stars do you think would be willing tp go on this show with only two days of practice? I think the pool they could have chosen from was very limited.

March 19 2009 at 12:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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