Jewel fractures both legs, drops out of DWTS. Nancy O’Dell also out

Last week singer Jewel told us she had suffered a minor setback in her appearance on Dancing With The Stars, but that she’d be back soon and she was in it ‘for the long run’. Jewel thought she had tendonitis, which is a very painful inflammation of the tendons, but after she failed to recover from this with rest she investigated further and doctors found that both of her legs were fractured.

Well, as many of you know I have been having trouble with my knees after rehearsing long hours for Dancing With The Stars. The doctors thought I had tendonitis, but when I wasn’t feeling better after some rest, I decided to get an MRI. When I heard the results I was in utter disbelief. The doctors told me that not one, but both of my legs were fractured!! He said my left one was particularly bad, and that I had to not only stop dancing, but stop walking and use crutches!!! He said I had just over done it with the rehearsals and training over the past few weeks and so my muscles became fatigued and transferred the overload of stress to the bones in my leg – causing the stress fractures! He says that type of injury can happen when athletes step up the amount or intensity of their training. Typical me- I throw myself 1000% into anything I do- that’s how I went from being homeless to where I am today- but I just had no idea I could over-do dancing!

From Jewel’s official blog

Jewel adds that she is disappointed not to be competing with her husband, cowboy Ty Murray, and that her partner/trainer/choreographer Dmitry has put so much effort into helping her and now she won’t be competing. She implies but doesn’t state that he has now left the show also. This surprises me, I thought he would just be given Jewel’s replacement to work with, but the statement is deliberately ambiguous so maybe she is unsure of the next step for Dmitry.

Jewel’s replacement is suggested to be Holly Madison, who (due to her recent nude playboy shoot) is probably in fabulous shape.

While it is hugely unfortunate that Jewel has injured herself, maybe it’s the universe putting things right. Isn’t Dancing With The Stars really for washed up C-list and former reality show stars, not people who have had/have a stellar career? Jewel might not have had as much success with her 2008 country music album as with her previous pop works, but she’s a step above the usual DWTS contestant. Previous contestants have included Lisa Rinna, Drew Lachey, and Joey Fatone. This year has a a few people who could more legitimately be branded ‘stars’, including Steve Wozniak, Steve-O, Belinda Carlisle and Lil’Kim.

Fellow competitor Nancy O’Dell has also withdrawn from DWTS with a knee injury that will require surgery.

Jewel is shown at the People’s Choice Awards on 1/7/09. Nancy O’Dell is shown at the SAG Awards on 1/25/09. Credit:

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  1. Ohforf says:

    I bet she broke them by tripping over that giant snaggle tooth of hers. You’ve got a grammy girl, you can afford to fix that crap!

  2. Granger says:

    Wow, she must be one obsessive over-achiever, to actually dance so hard that she fractured both legs! While I appreciate the dedication it took for her to get where she is today, I’ve never been a fan, so won’t miss seeing her on that show.

  3. Brittney says:

    ….pretty sure that’s not a picture of Jewel (or Nancy O’Dell).

  4. Brittney says:

    oh well now you’ve fixed it!

  5. barneslr says:

    Wow! I agree…what dedication. I also wonder if she has any bone density problems that might cause her to be more susceptible to such problems.

    All I can say is OW! and I hope she feels better soon!

  6. boomchakaboom says:

    I like her little snaggle tooth. It gets tiresome seeing all the perfectly veneered teeth everywhere. Real teeth give a bit of personality.

  7. Lem says:

    stress fractures are easy to get, quite common and while painful not as dire as they make them out to be.

    she was probably dancing in the stupid nike shox (long running stress fracture joke)

  8. Feebee says:

    Brittney, that is indeed a photo of Nancy O’Dell (bottom) and an unfortunate photo of Jewel and whatever she did to her boobs (top).

    This season’s already cursed. Can’t see them replacing both but maybe they’ll only be one down.

  9. McKenna says:

    Um…I’m sorry but I have to disagree with you. Joey Fatone and Drew Lachey would be considered much biggers Stars than Steve Wozniak. Most people don’t even know who he is. Just because In Sync and 98 Degrees are no longer relevant doesn’t mean those guys weren’t legitimate stars in their time…along with screaming girls crying just to touch them. Steve Wozniak may be very accomplished but he is not a “star” or celebrity…neither is Jewel’s husband.

  10. Lem says:

    Jewel’s husband is THE biggest star & celebrity in a lot of circles

  11. Lem says:

    Ty gets twice as many hits as Drew and 200,000 more than joey.
    Woz pulls the most with 3x Drew and double Joey. He’s the co-founder of Apple for christ sake. Your right, no way that could compare, with being the brother of the guy that used to be married to that blonde chick, that’s now dating the quarterback.

  12. Dana Da Designated Hata says:


  13. Ally says:

    As ridiculous as ballroom dancing looks, it truly is an athletic enterprise.

    These dilettantes jumping into it at professional levels, with professional partners, and trying to outdo past seasons every time, is as idiotic as a C-lister racing Michael Phelps in the swimming pool or playing three sets with Venus Williams.

    DWTS must have some iron-clad no-liability clauses in the contracts, cause this is exposing participants to obviously ridiculously high risk of serious injury with lifelong consequences (Jewel will feel when rain is imminent in both legs for the rest of her life! And any surgery has its risks.)

  14. Jill says:

    aw, i *like* her snaggle tooth.

  15. Heironymous Grex says:

    I’m sure the 13 people who watch this show must be upset by the loss.

  16. Maritza says:

    Those professional dancers are really intense, they practice for hours and are very used to it but for someone that doesn’t have the experience it is pretty risky. I remember when one of the contestants broke his arm and had to dance using only one arm and one of the dancers hit his head. That show is not easy.

  17. McKenna says:

    Ummm, I’m sure Octomom gets a lot of hits too, it sure as hell doesn’t make her a celebrity. Being a co-founder of Apple is incredible and amazing and quite an accomplishment, it still does not make you a celebrity or a star. But hey, they also have the chick from the bachelor on there so I think the word “stars” is used very loosely.

  18. RS says:

    Maybe you guys should actually try ballroom dancing before you knock it as something that is easy and doesn’t cause injuries. There are many complicated and refined movements that the body has to learn in order to properly execute ballroom dances at a competitive level. When you take several years to try and learn the amount of technique the professionals try to teach, then you run less of a risk. However, the stars are given four weeks to master a dance, if they really tried hard it is actually quite likely that they would have some sort of ankle/foot/knee/ or back injury because of it.

  19. Jim says:

    Jewel, drink some milk once in a while.