Nancy and Jewel Are Out; Holly and Melissa Rykroff are In

3 04 2009

Many injuries for DWTS Season 8 even before it has started.

Jewel – two fractured tibia – out (replaced by Holly Madison)

Nancy O’Dell – torn meniscus  – out (replaced by Melissa Rykroff , who only had 48hrs of training before 1st show!)

Steve O – injured back – hospitalized

Steve Wosniack – broken bone in his foot

Gilles Marini – separated shoulder.

The question is no longer who will win Dancing With the Stars, but who will survive it?

In a DWTS first, not one but two contestants have been sidelined with injuries before the new season has even aired.

Jewel, Nancy O'Dell 

ABC/ADAM LARKEY, Glenn Weiner/ZUMA Press

ABC has just confirmed that Access Hollywood host Nancy O’Dell and singer Jewel will not be a part of the new season due to leg injuries.

O’Dell suffered a twist to her right knee during rehearsals and has been diagnosed with a torn meniscus. Jewel has suffered fractured tibiae in both legs. Ouch, right?

So who will replace the two ladies? We have exclusive confirmation…

As our Marc Malkin reported yesterday, inside sources confirm that Holly Madison of E!’s reality series Girls Next Door will be coming on the dancefloor this season.

And now, Hugh Hefner himself comfirms today to Malkin that his ex-girlfriend Holly has been cast, saying he “made the arrangments” for Madison to replace Jewel on the show.

“It’s a show she’s wanted to be on for a long time,” Hefner tells Malkin. “I’m delighted. It’s all good stuff.”

The other newbie will be announced on the Dancing With the Stars season premiere on Monday night. And according to ABC, Jewel and O’Dell will appear to talk about their injuries.

Sex and the City hunk Gilles Marini also has been diagnosed with tendonitis in his shoulder and groin.

So far, he’s hanging in there.


Who do you think should be the other DWTS replacement? Are you sorry to see Jewel and Nancy go? Sound off below…



2 responses

3 04 2009

kok banyak bener yah yang injured, emang dansanya gimana bangeth gitu bisa sampe “broken bone” or “separated shoulder”?

6 04 2009

dancing can be quite dangerous potentially… lots of physical demanding actions..

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