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Jewel, Nancy O'Dell Drop Out Of 'Dancing with the Stars'

Jewel and Nancy O'Dell have both withdrawn from 'Dancing with the Stars' due to injuries, less than a week before the new season's debut.

"When the doctors told me my injuries were so severe that I couldn't walk, let alone compete, I was devastated that I couldn't continue the show," says Jewel, who was diagnosed with a fractured tibia in both legs.

"He said, 'You’re done, you're not going to dance and you're not going to walk! You're on crutches'. I have every intention of being at Dancing with the Stars this season supporting my husband, Ty, and I hope to be back on the show in the future."

Meanwhile, O'Dell suffered a torn meniscus, also while training for the competition.

"Beyond disappointment doesn't even being to describe how I feel about not being able to continue on Dancing with the Stars," says O'Dell. "It's been one of my favorite shows since Season one! I'll miss working with my partner, Tony Dovolani, and all the other wonderful people on the amazing production that is Dancing with the Stars."

"Like most sports, dancing can be a demanding, physical activity. I believe both injuries came from overtraining, particularly in the early stages," says the show's executive producer Conrad Green. "We love and appreciate Nancy and Jewel’s competitive spirit, drive and desire to perform their best."

Her dance partner, Dmitry Chaplin, will now be dancing with former 'Girl Next Door' Holly Madison. We speculated Jewel may drop out of the show soon, as we reported Holly Madison's addition to the cast yesterday but Nancy O'Dell's injury comes as a surprise as she appeared to be fine while training earlier this week.

Expect to hear about the addition of another celebrity before Monday's premiere for the second open spot.

March 6, 2009 |

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