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"Dancing" Curse Continues -- 2 More Injured!

3/5/2009 6:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Dancing With The Stars CurseThe dreaded "Dancing with the Stars Curse" has struck again -- Jewel and Nancy O'Dell have both been forced to quit the show due to dancing-related injuries!

Even with a knee full of steroids, Jewel couldn't power through the strenuous training regimen -- officials confirmed the singer fractured both of her tibias while practicing for the competition.

O'Dell was also hurt in the heat of ballroom battle -- she went down with a torn meniscus that will require surgery.

Producers haven't made any official announcements as to who will replace the two women, but there are serious rumblings that Holly Madison will take one of the spots -- and why not ... she does happen to be an expert at the horizontal mambo.

The storied "Curse" has taken down some of "Dancing's" best over the last few seasons, including -- Marie Osmond (fainted), Stacy Keibler (seizure), Susan Lucci (ankle), Jeffrey Ross (eye), Karina Smirnoff (fainted), Derek Hough (head injury), Misty May-Treanor (torn achiles), Mark Ballas (shoulder), Kym Johnson (shoulder), Toni Braxton (benign lump), Brooke Burke (foot), Julianne Hough (appendectomy), Jane Seymour (food poisoning), Cristian de la Fuente (arm), Kim Kardashian (foot) and Gilles Marini has already been diagnosed with tendinitis. And let's not forget about the most tragic injury of all ... Lisa Rinna's lips.
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2057 days ago


Horizontal mambo? Don't steal Jeffrey Ross' joke from that one episode of TMZ. I saw it!

2057 days ago

Fonzworth V. Brightly    

Two stars have fallen, and they cant get up!!!
Judging from the picture above, looks as if Nancy O'Dell is taking a hard one in the rear end!!!

2057 days ago


I ♥ holly she is sooooooooooooooooooo pretty!! :)

2057 days ago

Mary T    

A torn meniscus doesn't necessarily need surgery.....orthopedic drs always want to do surgery even if it is not painful.......but it does mean she could not continue with the strenuous dance routines.

2057 days ago


Wonder what the contracts are for the injured? Are they "independent contractors" or considered production talent/staff? Are these injuries treated like any other on the job injury? Do they get workmen's comp/disability pay?

2057 days ago


I'm glad Nancy oDell is gone. Now we don't have to hear about her booby-feeding all the time, since she is one of those freaks who gives TMI on such gross topics. And we don't have to hear about how wonderfully amazing,fun and precious her fug kid is.These old bags that get pregnant should be locked up so we don't have to be subjected to their "OH MY GOD I CAN'T BELIEVE I POPPED A WEE ONE OUT OF MY OLD WRINKLY COOCH!" statements all the time. You'd think they were the first ones ever to have a kid. Nancy oDell and that FUGLY broad kelly rutherford who is feeding her way-too-old-to-be-breastfed son off her old leaking sacs. Her kid is like 5 and he's got his lips wrapped around mommys boobs. GROSSNESS.

2056 days ago


It's no curse, dancing is a very strenuous sport. Definetely not for sissies!

2056 days ago

Just my opinion    

yay! Holly should be pretty entertaining!!!

2056 days ago


is there anything regarding the surface of the FLOORS and whatever the bottom of the dancer's shoes are made of that = disaster ? like, are the floors waxed a bit much ? Are the bottoms of the dance shoes too slick ? I mean honestly, no one's talked about science here. You have to wonder, of course i'm not talking about the lips or apendectomies.

2056 days ago

I Will Take Being Born White Any Day - Thats Worth Much More To Me, #6    

Not much of a fan of Jewel's music (have always loved "Hands" though), but she's wearing some awesome blouses/shirts on her blog. I went over there to get the dope (haha) on her sit-chee-ay-shun.

2056 days ago


I don't understand why they keep calling this a "curse"! Given the fact that you have amateurs try to perform difficult professional ballroom dance moves in a concentrated amount of time, injuries are gonna happen. And when the professional have to carry the weight of some of these amateur dancers, they're gonna get hurt to. It's not rocket science or bad karma. It's just inevitable. And some of the injuries, come on. They shouldn't even be listed.

2056 days ago

Mary Worth    

Athletes with yrs of training in sports such as ice skating, speed skating, etc. have a huge advantage over the rest of them.
Once in a while someone like Cloris Leachman, who doesn't stand a chance will stick around long enough to show us that age can be a state of mind.

2056 days ago

Marshall Smith    

ocmama, #15 above, makes a solid point. I don't believe there is a curse. Dancing is tough, especially for those without training. I hope everyone recovers okay.

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