Since it began airing in 2005, Dancing With the Stars has proven it is much, much harder than it looks. Celebrities and pros alike have been pushed to their limits mentally, emotionally, and most of all physically in their quest for a Mirror Ball Trophy, and sometimes those limits come with injuries and sudden exits. From serious injuries to health issues to unexpected personal struggles, here are injuries and exits on Dancing With the Stars that no one saw coming:
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The “Kiss Me” singer was all signed up and ready to go for Dancing with the Stars in 2009 for season eight until she started experiencing severe pain in her knees from tendonitis during rehearsals. At first, she vowed to stay in the competition and work through it, but right before the season was about to premiere it was announced that Jewel was not suffering from tendonitis, but rather a fractured tibia in both legs. “When the doctors told me my injuries were so severe that I couldn’t walk, let alone compete, I was devastated that I couldn’t continue the show,” she said. Jewel was replaced with Girl Next Door star, Holly Madison.