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EXCLUSIVE: DWTS' Melissa Joan Hart Tells All

Aug. 27 2009, Published 5:02 a.m. ET

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Melissa Joan Hart is one lucky woman. She may already have a toned physique and a handsome man by her side, but her current inception as a Dancing With The Stars contestant will only double her blessings: she has cutie Mark Ballas as a partner and will hopefully make it through the season without injury thanks to the show’s new rules.

In an exclusive interview with, the actress said she thinks the new limit on rehearsal time (which is meant to avoid the injuries which plagues past contestants) is a good idea.

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“There’s a saying in racing, that if you want to finish first, first you have to finish,” the gorgeous blonde said. “If you get injured, you’re no good. You don’t want to be taken out of the competition for that reason. That would be a big bummer. So I think it’s smart.”

Hart has four weeks to rehearse for the first show and she’ll be packing up her husband and two sons, Mason and Brady, to hunker down in LA for her duration on DWTS.

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The actress’s partner may be a DWTS two-time champion, but he’s also in a band—something he shares in common with Melissa’s husband, Mark Wilkerson.

“I think I’m going to have to drag them away from each other,” she joked. “They’ll probably be playing music non-stop and I’ll have to be like, ‘uh, do you want to dance now?’ I can already picture it!”



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