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Jewel Might Not Dance

Posted by ctanglefoot on February 26, 2009

Before the opening of Season Eight on ABC’s Dancing With The Stars Jewel maybe sidelined.  E! Entertainment’s Natalie Finn reports that “Jewel might not be fit to Foxtrot” due to tendinitis in her knees.

Ordered to stop rehearsing, Jewel says,  “Don’t count me out as I am in this for the long run.”

The crossover pop/folk/country singer/songwriter, actress was the first in the show’s history to be part of a celebrity couple competing against each other. Jewel is partnered with professional newcomer Dimtry Chaplin, while Jewel’s cowboy hubby Ty Murray  is competiting with Chelsey Hightower, a finalist from season four of So You Think You Can Dance.

If you’re a country radio fan you are hearing Julianne Hough on your favorite station this year with her debut single, That Song in my Head and My Hallelujah Song (she is set to tour this summer with Toby Keith.)  But Julieanne isn’t the only DWTS professional you’ll be hearing over the airwaves, if you’re tuned into adult contemporary and top forty format radio you’ll be hearing from the Hough Ballas Band. Yes, Derrek Hough and Marc Ballas have their own band and debut LP out.  Don’t expect them on this summers DWTS Tour, the band (formerly known as Almost Amy) will be off on a tour of their own.

Season eight of Dancing With The Stars premiers Monday, March 9th on ABC.




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Dancing With The Stars Cast Announced

Posted by ctanglefoot on February 9, 2009

Byline: Natalie Finn E! News

Dancing With the Stars is always full of pairs, but now we’ve got some real couples. 

Pop songstress Jewel and her rodeo-cowboy hubby Ty Murray have both signed up for the eighth season of Dancing With the Stars, marking the first time a nonprofessional husband and wife duo will be competing at the same time.

Meanwhile, E! News has learned exclusively that two-time champion Julianne Hough, who previously said she would not be competing while she pursued her burgeoning country-music career, will not only be back in action come March 9, but she’ll be paired with her boyfriend, country singer Chuck Wicks, as well!

While we never know who might pair up during production, this is the first time an already established item has shown up in the ballroom.

Along with Jewel and Wicks musicianship of a certain caliber will be provided by raunchy rapper Lil’ Kim and former Go-Go’s frontwoman Belinda Carlisle, who at 50 will be this season’s oldest female contestant.

Hoping to lure away some of CBS’ Grammys audience, ABC revealed the upcoming lineup periodically throughout the night Sunday during episodes of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Desperate Housewives and Brothers & Sisters. The synergy then kicks into full gear tomorrow, with one of the chosen baker’s dozen appearing on Good Morning America Monday, while another will make a visit to Jimmy Kimmel Live.

And for his next stunt…Jackass alum Steve-O is preparing for a trot or two (or more, depending on whether he’s serious or is prepared to be this season’s Adam Carolla) across the floor. Then again, this year’s funnyman could also be former In Living Color comedian David Alan Grier.

Also fresh from the reality-TV pool is former Wild Things siren Denise Richards, 37,who might have to split the hot mom vote with Access Hollywood anchor Nancy O’Dell, who at 42 is the fit-and-fab mother of a 19-month-old daughter. Both ladies will have birthdays before the show premieres, as well.

Holding down the fort for the athletes are pint-size Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson, fresh off her gold medal-winning performance in Beijing, and NFL Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor, whose turn it is to prove that big, burly men really can dance. The 50-year-old retired linebacker won two Super Bowls with the New York Giants, with whom he spent his entire pro career-but you can be sure it’s a far cry from the Vince Lombardi Trophy to the gaudy disco ball.

Meanwhile, Johnson will be the youngest contestant in DWTS history.

On hand for eye candy-and in need of a Wikipedia page, although probably not for long-is French actor Gilles Marini, the hunk who flashed his junk at next door neighbor Samantha in the Sex and the City movie.

At 58, Apple Computer cofounder Steve Wozniak will be this season’s oldest competitor, not to mention one of its least recognizable.

So, um…yeah.

The complete lineup for the eighth season of Dancing With the Stars, premiering March 9 on ABC, is as follows:

  • Belinda Carlisle, 50, singer
    Stephen “Steve-O” Glover, 34, reality-TV star|
    David Alan Grier, 53, comedian
    Shawn Johnson, 17, Olympic gymnast
    Jewel Kilcher, 34, singer, TV personality
    Lil’ Kim, 33, rapper
    Gilles Marini, 33, actor
    Ty Murray, 39, former rodeo cowboy
    Nancy O’Dell, 42, entertainment anchor (43 when the show starts)
    Denise Richards, 37, actress
    Lawrence Taylor, 50, retired NFL player
    Chuck Wicks, 29, singer
    Steve Wozniak, 58, technology billionaire

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