Jewel Halts ‘Dancing' Rehearsals With Tendinitis

"Dancing With the Stars" contestant Jewel has tendinitis in her knees, the singer revealed on her blog on Wednesday – an injury she said may keep her from competing on the ABC show.

"I guess I really over did it on the rehearsal front!" she wrote. "My knees have been hurting so badly that I finally broke down and talked to [husband] Ty [Murray]'s knee doctor yesterday. He said I have tendinitis in my knees and that I have to start a course of medicine to try and bring the swelling down."

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And the tendinitis, which is mostly in her left knee, will keep her off the dance floor for the next few days – and maybe longer.

"Now I'm just worried I won't even be able to dance!" she said. "Hopefully these steroids will really do the trick and I can keep bad flare ups at a bay in the future."

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"It was just so fun to dance eight hours a day," she added. "Especially considering I only had three weeks to cram not only for my first dance, cha cha, but to learn the fundamentals of about six other dances that I will have to know."

In an interview with Access Hollywood's Billy Bush for "The Billy Bush Show" on Wednesday, she explained that the intense training had taken a toll even before her recent injury.


My feet were covered in blisters," she said, adding that the pain has been worth it. "It's also a blast. We get these world-class teachers and we're learning something we never would've done. In fact, at our wedding, we didn't even dance – we just did that high school slow dance."

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If she is able to take part in the competition, Jewel will be dancing with professional Dmitry Chaplin on the show's eighth cycle, which premieres March 9 on ABC. She'll be competing against celebs including her rodeo star husband, Ty, and Access' own Nancy O'Dell.

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