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Dancing With the Stars premiered on March 9 with more twists than a paso doble! Nancy O’Dell and Jewel were forced to withdraw with serious injuries (the country
singer had stress-fractures in both legs), only to be replaced with Girls Next Door’s Holly Madison and The Bachelor reject Melissa Rycroft.

 

Now, Nancy, 43, who tore the meniscus muscle in her knee on Feb. 28 during a misplaced salsa step, faces urgery and up to eight weeks of rehab.

 

Despite the setback, she tells OK!, “It’s disappointing, but I’m putting in my bid for next season. I hope they’ll let me come back. I would love to do this again.”

 

(We’re guessing she means the experience, not the injury).

 

Pulling out wasn’t easy for Nancy, mom to Ashby, 21 months, with hubby Keith Zubchevich.

 

“My husband was disappointed I wasn’t going to wear the skimpy outfits,” she laughs. “But I’d been gone a lot, too, so part of him was like, ‘well, the plus side is we get mama and wife back.’ ”

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