Former Dancing with the Stars contestant Jewel used her husband’s MySpace page on April 29 to express disappointment that injured hoofer Melissa Rycroft was allowed to compete during a rehearsal and not an actual performance this week. Jewel, along with Access Hollywood’s Nancy O’Dell, were forced to leave the ABC show before it even began this season due to injuries.
“I think the rule about judging a rehearsal if the person is too injured to perform was weird both times they have used it,” Jewel wrote on the page. (Steve-O was the other contestant who was allowed to compete under the special rule.) “As bad as I felt for Melissa, who I hope feels better and comes back, I’m used to our cowboy athletes that live by the rule: ‘ride hurt or don’t get a score.’ It may seem harsh, but it seems like the only way to keep things honest.
“I know there are all kinds of ways to doing things and it sure is out of my control –- that’s for sure –- so I’m happy to follow along as it is,” continued Jewel. “But I have to say I think the [Professional Bull Riders] has kept a lot of integrity in sports by using this rule.”
Insiders say the rule allowing contestants to compete during a rehearsal has been place for some time but hasn’t been enforced until this season. Rycroft, who suffered a hairline fracture of the ribs, was ultimately spared this week while Chuck Wicks and Julianne Hough were eliminated from the competition.