'Dancing With the Stars' backstage: Cheryl Burke and Melissa Rycroft dish on 'The Bachelorette' rumors

cheryl-burke-melissa-rycroft-dwts.jpg"Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars" pro dancer Cheryl Burke hasn't given up on her dream of dispensing roses to eligible bachelors as the next star of "The Bachelorette."

After she and celebrity partner Emmitt Smith nailed their first perfect score of the season, Burke confirmed backstage that she is in talks with ABC about starring in the reality dating show.

"I did meet with the execs," she said. "We'll see what happens in the future. It's not a firm offer -- there hasn't been an offer -- but if they offer it to me I'd love to do it."

Fortunately, firsthand advice about the show is just a quickstep away: celebrity contestant Melissa Rycroft, who both won and lost the heart of "The Bachelor" star Jason Mesnick in her infamous season.

Cheryl "would be phenomenal in this role," Rycroft said backstage after Monday's (Nov. 12) performance show. "But everyone is very possessive of their Cheryl here, and I personally love her a lot."

"Those ["Bachelorette"] boys will have to go through a very intensive interview process, I think with everyone back here," warns Rycroft, who herself earned two perfect scores Monday. "I will definitely be in on that, absolutely. I will help her weed out the ones that are not worthy."

Rycroft also cautions, "You can't necessarily go in thinking, 'I'm going to find my mate, or my spouse.' You have to go in saying, 'This is a new adventure and if it leads me that way, or at least gives me a great relationship, take that.'"

For now, you can catch both women on "Dancing With the Stars" Mondays and Tuesday at 8 p.m. on ABC.
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