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Season 17 'Dancing With the Stars' cast revealed on 'Good Morning America'

Posted by Emily Wright  September 4, 2013 08:16 AM

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"Dancing With the Stars" hosts Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke-Charvet revealed the season 17 cast of the ABC show on "Good Morning America" today, which includes 74-year-old Valerie Harper, who has been battling terminal brain cancer since January. Harper will partner with Irish pro Tristan MacManus.

The "Mary Tyler Moore Show" actress told "GMA" that she's doing better than expected.

"Brain scans that you get every two months are looking better and better and better," Harper said of her condition. "My doctors and neurologists...they are just delighted that I'm moving in the right direction."

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A much-rumored celebrity in the lineup: "The King of Queens" actress, Leah Remini, who joined the celebration by video from Los Angeles.

Remini has been in the spotlight this summer since her public departure from the Church of Scientology. She'll be dancing with the "Dancing With the Stars: All Stars" champion pro Tony Dovolani, who also missed the New York reveal.

Other women competing for the coveted mirrorball trophy include "The Voice" backstage personality Christina Milian, MTV's "Jersey Shore" star Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, "Glee" actress Amber Riley, and "Saved By the Bell" star Elizabeth Berkley, who at one point shared small screen time with Remini on the '90s teen dramedy.

Polizzi confirmed her new role on Twitter and told "GMA" she hopes that eight years of gymnastics training and six years as a cheerleader will give her an edge.

For the men, Jack Osbourne will try to best his sister Kelly's run on the show. She made it to the top 3, but ultimately lost to season nine winner Donny Osmond. He'll be competing against former NFL wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson, Bill Nye "The Science Guy," "High School Musical" star Corbin Bleu, "Pretty Little Liars" actor Brant Daugherty, and comedian Bill Engvall.

"Good Morning America" host Lara Spencer asked Osbourne if he'd gotten any advice from his family.

"I think it was more just have fun," Osbourne said. "However good or bad that looks."

Osbourne also used Twitter to confirm he'd be competing with two-time champ, Cheryl Burke.


Full lineup and professional partner pairings:

Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi, Sasha Farber

Keyshawn Johnson, Sharna Burgess

Valerie Harper, Tristan MacManus

Brant Daugherty, Peta Murgatroyd

Christina Milian, Mark Ballas

Bill Nye "The Science Guy", Tyne Stecklein

Elizabeth Berkley, Val Chmerkovskiy

Corbin Bleu, Karina Smirnoff

Amber Riley, Derek Hough

Bill Engvall, Emma Slater

Jack Osbourne, Cheryl Burke

Leah Remini, Tony Dovolani

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