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Stamford's Tony Dovolani Wins 'Dancing With The Stars'

Professional dancer Tony Dovolani of Stamford won "Dancing With The Stars" Tuesday with celebrity partner Melissa Rycroft.
Professional dancer Tony Dovolani of Stamford won "Dancing With The Stars" Tuesday with celebrity partner Melissa Rycroft. Photo Credit: Anthony Buzzeo

STAMFORD, Conn. — Professional dancer Tony Dovolani of Stamford and his reality television star partner Melissa Rycroft won the all-star edition of “Dancing With The Stars” Tuesday night.

Dovolani and Rycroft, who first paired in Season 8 of the ABC show and finished in third, reunited in the 15th season, the show’s website said.

Born in Kosovo, Dovolani first came to Stamford in 1989. He returned to the city with the opening of Dance With Me Studios , which he co-owns with fellow professional dancers Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Val Chmerkovskiy. Dovolani has been a regular on “Dancing With The Stars” since the second season.

Rycroft , a former contestant on "The Bachelor," effusively thanked fans on her Twitter account for helping her and Dovolani win: “AAAHHHHHH!!!!! OH MY MERCY!!! You guys did it!!! You gave this to us!!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!! Ahhhhhh!!”

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