Melissa Rycroft finished first on season 13 of The Bachelor... sort of.
She earned the final rose from Jason Mesnick, only to have it taken away when he dumped her on national TV. To make matters worse, he pretty much exchanged Melissa for another suitor on the show.
It was rough going for awhile for this former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader. But she bounced back, thanks to support from a country of angry viewers.
She also earned a spot on season eight of Dancing with the Stars. Not a bad consoliation prize! Her partner was veteran Tony Dovolani, as the pair finished third.
In June 2009, it was announced that Rycroft had landed the gig of an occasional correspondent with Good Morning America.