Holly Madison will join Dancing with the Stars 8, perhaps to replace Jewel

Girls Next Door star and Hugh Hefner ex Holly Madison is joining Dancing with the Stars 8 for some reason, and one tabloid speculates that it’s to replace singer Jewel, who recently injured herself and took a break from practicing.

Holly Madison’s sister-wife Bridget Marquardt told Fox News, “I’m so excited for her. She’s wanted to do it for so long, it just never worked with her schedule and Hef was always like ‘I don’t want you to do that,’ and now it’s her time, so I’m really happy for her.”

Us Weekly reports that “[t]here is speculation the Girls Next Door star could be replacing Jewel, who has been struggling with knee problems, and blogged last week that tendinitis could force her to drop out.”

In a statement, Jewel said, “Don’t count me out as I am in this for the long run.” And last week she wrote on her web site, “I’m in it for the long haul and I wanna win it.”

But it also doesn’t make sense that the show would add a relatively obscure contestant at the last minute without announcing it, unless Holly’s not going to be competing.

Bridget Marquardt: Holly Madison Will Appear on ‘Dancing With the Stars’ [Fox News]
Source: Holly Madison Is Joining DWTS [Us Weekly]

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.

Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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