Monday, March 9, 2009
"Bachelor" Reject Melissa & Holly Madison Added to Tonight's "Dancing with the Stars 8"
Two "Dancing with the Stars" contestants have exited the show before tonight's season premiere even airs. Singer Jewel and "Access Hollywood" Host Nancy O'Dell suffered injuries while training and both will not compete this season. Jewel was diagnosed with a fractured tibia in both legs while O'Dell tore the meniscus in her knee and will require surgery & eight weeks of rehab. Replacing them on tonight's two hour season premiere will be rejected "Bachelor" contestant Melissa Rycroft and Playmate & "Girls Next Door" star Holly Madison. Both women have had only days to rehearse. However, Melissa may have two advantages: she was a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader and she has sympathy from millions of "Bachelor" viewers. On the other hand, her relative obscurity and lack of preparation could make her the first to go. In any case, all 13 stars will dance tonight and next Monday with the first casualty leaving a week from Tuesday.