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Jewel, Nancy O'Dell drop 'Dancing With the Stars'

LOS ANGELES - LOS ANGELES -- Pop star Jewel and TV host Nancy O'Dell havedropped out of ABC's "Dancing With the Stars."

Both women sustained injuries during training for the show thatprevent them from continuing the competition, the network announcedThursday. Jewel was diagnosed with a fractured tibia in both legs,while the "Access Hollywood" host will need surgery to repair atorn knee cartilage, the network said.

A replacement for at least one of the women may be announcedduring Monday's season premiere, said executive producer ConradGreen.

"Obviously this has caught us a bit by surprise," he said,adding that any replacement would have "literally a couple of daysto learn the routine, as opposed to a month."

"The show will go on," Green said. "But really, our thoughtsare with Jewel and Nancy. It's such a tough blow for them and justhorribly bad luck."

Jewel and O'Dell are the first contestants in eight seasons of"Dancing" to withdraw because of injuries sustained duringpre-show training, Green said. Olympian Misty May dropped out lastseason after tearing her Achilles tendon during the competition.

Contestants could see their training time limited in futureseasons, Green said.

"Usually the drama happens once the show has begun, not beforethe it starts," he said.

Jewel said in a telephone interview Thursday that she initiallydismissed the pain in her legs as soreness from the show's six- toeight-hour daily rehearsals. She eventually sought treatment andwas "completely shocked" by the diagnosis.

"The doctor just looked at me and said, 'You're donedancing,"' she said.

The 34-year-old singer-songwriter said she is in pain and usingcrutches and will have to be seated to perform her next two shows --scheduled for Thursday near Los Angeles and Saturday in Seattle.

"It's my first time sitting down in a concert," she said.

Jewel and O'Dell are still slated to appear on the show's seasonpremiere Monday.

Jewel's husband, rodeo champ Ty Murray, remains a contestant onthe program, though he said it's "a huge bummer" that his wifehad to withdraw.

"That's a big part of the reason why we did the show," hesaid. "It was chance for us to work together and go through thistogether."

Jewel said she will continue to support her husband and herprofessional dance partner, Dmitry Chaplin, and she expects toreturn to the show.

"I think I'll be able to sing this season, so I can sing for Tyon the show if I can't dance for him," she said. "And I hope todance with Dmitry again and vindicate ourselves."

Other contestants include Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, rapperLil Kim, former football star Lawrence Taylor, Olympic gymnastShawn Johnson, singers Chuck Wicks and Belinda Carlisle, TVpersonality Steve-O, and actors David Alan Grier, Gilles Marini andDenise Richards.


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