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Dancing with the Stars returns

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Dancing Divas best ever!

Dancing with the Stars is back! Although two of its stars are hobbled -- Jewel and Nancy O'Dell.

Dancing Divas best ever!DWTS is one of the kitschiest and most entertaining shows on the tube, we must admit. How psyched for the new line up are you?

Dancing with the Stars rings its bell and the dancing begins on March 9 on ABC. Although, it's too early to tell who may be the leader of the pack with a sexy samba on the hit show, but with this line up, it is truly anyone's game!

Dancing with the Stars sizzles

Among a few members of the cast? David Alan Grier, Belinda Carlisle, Lil' Kim, Gilles Marini and Lawrence Taylor.

Much to our chagrin there has been sad news from the set on Dancing with the Stars. Jewel is a true gem. Singing? You got it. Poetry? Yup. Dancing? Totally there. Well, sort of. Dancing With the Stars hasn't even aired for the upcoming season as Jewel has succumbed to tendonitis in her knees.

Jewel and hubby Ty Murray are supposed to compete in on March 9 when the show premieres, but hence, with the injury, we just don't know. She blogs, "Yuck! It's mainly my left knee, and I can't believe I hurt it so badly. Ty warned me I was over doing it and now he got a big ol' 'I told you so' in."

Which causes us to wonder: you get talent from all across the boards to start training rigorously for a televised reality show and it's almost inevitable an injury will result. Another one bit the dust this week: that's right, one of our faves, Nancy O'Dell has a torn meniscus that will require surgery.

She, too, will not be on Dancing with the Stars! Nancy suffered knee injuries during recent rehearsals.

Jewel and Nancy will be cha-cha-less as a DWTS executive producer told People. "Both Nancy and Jewel were training hard. They just threw themselves into it. It's rather unfortunate that people the most committed to the show were doing harm to their bodies. I believe both injuries came from overtraining, particularly in the early stages."

Too fit for Dancing?

Some speculation is swirling around the fact that fit women tend to withdraw from DWTS competition. Rememba Misty May-Treanor from last season? The exec producer says, "Perhaps people who are fitter throw themselves into it with more wild abandon. I really feel for them and we may need to take a look at [how hard people train] in the future."

So although two of the stars on Dancing with the Stars have succumbed to injuries, we'll still be tuning in every Monday night to see who can mambo with the best of them!

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