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Jewel on DWTSInjuries and illnesses are part of the storyline for any truly entertaining Dancing With The Stars season, but Season 8 is setting a new record, with two celebrities gone from the competition before it even started, and others dealing with serious injuries during the show.

Jewel is out with tibia fractures in both legs. Um, how hard was she rehearsing? Playboy model and Girls Next Door reality star Holly Madison lined up to take her place with partner Dmitri Chaplin.

Access Hollywood host Nancy O'Dell also dropped out, with a knee injury that will require surgery. The Bachelor rejectee Melissa Rycroft took her spot with partner Tony Dovolani. Both Nancy and Jewel appeared on the season opener, when their replacements were officially announced, and Jewel appeared as a musical guest on the first results show the next week.

On the dudes' side:

Steve Wozniak has had a raft of injuries since rehearsals began, including a fractured left foot that didn't keep him from dancing in the premiere (or the results-show danceoff after finishing in the bottom two). Most recently Woz was seen limping around with a pulled hamstring which threatens his ability to dance in the next show.

Steve-O missed his second week's performance with a back injury suffered when he attempted a flip at the end of his dress rehearsal with partner Lacey Schwimmer and landed square on the battery pack he was wearing on his belt. Steve-O and Lacey were scored on their dress rehearsal performance and avoided the bottom two at the next night's results show. Sympathy votes, perhaps?

Finally, and least dramatically: Prior to the first show, Gilles Marini interrupted his rehearsing for a trip to the hospital with "groin pain." (Insert joke here.) Turns out he has tendonitis, too, in both his groin and his shoulder, but he was ready for the premiere and, in fact, pulled off the best combined scores from his first two dances, along with partner Cheryl Burke.

Combined with Karina Smirnoff's February knee surgery and Mark Ballas' groin strain during the winter DWTS tour, and we're on pace for the hotly-pursued but never-achieved 100% injury rate!

Other Dancing With The Stars injuries:

- Season 5: Marie Osmond takes a digger when she faints during judging

- Season 6: Christian de la Fuente ruptures his bicep tendon during a performance with Cheryl Burke

- Season 7: Jeffrey Ross suffers a scratched cornea when his partner Edyta Sliwinska pokes him in the eye during a rehearsal

- Season 7: The big one! Misty May-Treanor ruptures an Achilles tendon while rehearsing the jive with Maksim Chmerkovskiy

- Season 7 (aka "The Cursed Season"): Susan Lucci breaks a couple bones in her foot rehearsing with Tony Dovolani


Marie Osmond fainting on Dancing With The Stars, Season 5

Christian de la Fuente's arm blowout on Dancing With The Stars, Season 6

Jeffrey Ross (and Ted McGinley!) on Jimmy Kimmel Live after his eye-poke on Dancing With The Stars, Season 7

Highlights and interview with Misty May-Treanor after her Achilles injury during Season 6 of Dancing With The Stars