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.