‘Dancing With the Stars’ Winners Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani Reflect on Their Big Win: ‘It Was Unreal’

By: Lauren DiMascio / November 28, 2012

'DTWS' Season 15 Champ
Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani are champions.
It was a shocking turn of events on Tuesday night’s finale of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars: All Stars as former Bachelor contestant Melissa Rycroft and her pro dance partner Tony Dovolani were crowned champions. Appearing on Wednesday’s Good Morning America for a Dancing With the Stars after party, both contestants were unbelievably elated with their big win.

“[It was] unreal,” said Rycroft. “This whole season, I think Tony and I kind of underestimated ourselves. [We] thought we were underdogs and [it was] totally unexpected and such a surprise.”

Not only was this the first mirrorball trophy for Rycroft, but it was also the first win for Dovolani, who has danced on the show since Season 2.

The finalists, Shawn Johnson and Kelly Monaco, had both won in their respective seasons.

“I guess it took 14 seasons for me to get there. It was worth every bit of it,” he said. “It couldn’t have come at a better day. It was my wife [and I’s] anniversary, 13 years, so it was pretty great and an amazing moment for all the Albanians in America because it’s the 100 year anniversary [of the country’s independence] today so it’s just unreal.”

Dovolani, who had his daughter with him while appearing on GMA, told the anchors that this win was for her.

“Everything I do, I do for my kids,” he said.

Rycroft’s husband and daughter Ava congratulated her via a special recorded message on GMA.

Appearing with Rycroft and Dovolani were fellow finalists Johnson and Derek Hough and Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy, who both discussed their final performances as well as their time on the show. In addition to their interviews, the morning program hosted DTWS themed segments throughout the broadcast, including one final dance by all three pairs on GMA’s makeshift dance floor.

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