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    Posted: 04 Sep 2013 at 21:25

Meet the new cast of Dancing With The Stars! Valerie Harper, Snooki, Jack Osbourne and Leah Remini lead latest line-up for hit show

By Daily Mail Reporter and Carolyn Hiblen

PUBLISHED: 15:03, 4 September 2013 | UPDATED: 20:35, 4 September 2013

The new cast of Dancing With The Stars has been revealed - and, as always, there are a couple of surprise inclusions.

Cancer patient Valerie Harper leads a class of 12 amateur hoofers in the upcoming 17th season, alongside a host of reality TV stars, actors, comedians and singers.

Officially unveiling the willing participants on ABC's Good Morning America on Wednesday morning, the line-up is sure to get people talking.


Ready to rumba: The new cast of season 17 of Dancing With The Stars was announced live on Good Morning America on Wednesday

For a show that has reached an increasingly older audience, ABC has added an injection of youth with reality stars Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi, of Jersey Shore fame, and Ozzy's offspring Jack Osbourne.

Having undergone an impressive transformation since welcoming son Lorenzo a year ago, pocket rocket Snooki is ready to salsa her way to victory.

The 25-year-old will no doubt bring her own unique leopard-print flair to her stage costumes as she partners up with professional dancer Sasha Farber.


Taking to the dance floor: Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi, Valerie Harper and Corbin Bleu are just some of the stars leading the way


Inspiring performance: Actress and cancer patient Valerie Harper is hoping to inspire people with partner Tristan MacManus


Dazzling diva! Snooki will no doubt bring her unique flair to her costumes as she teams up with Sasha Farber

Glee star Amber Riley has the enviable task of teaming up with resident DWTS hottie Derek Hough, while Jack Osbourne, who is currently expecting his second child with wife Lisa Stelly, will tackle the tango with two-time mirrorball trophy-winner Cheryl Burke.

Former King Of Queens star and recent Church Of Scientology defector Leah Remini will capitalise on her growing fame by teaming up with Tony Dovolani.

Bill Nye, aka The Science Guy, will be whipped into shape by Tyne Stecklein, while comedian Bill Engvall has been paired with Emma Slater.


All-star unveiling: The lovely ladies of the new season of Dancing With The Stars took to the GMA stage in New York City on Wednesday


Setting the bar high: High School Musical's Corbin Bleu will have an edge over his competition with his extensive dance training as he teams up with Karina Smirnoff


Third time's a charm? Two-time winner Cheryl Burke will whip Jack Osbourne into shape

Newly-engaged popstar Christina Milian and High School Musical favourite Corbin Bleu are the likely frontrunners with their extensive dance backgrounds, and they definitely have the edge having been partnered with Mark Ballas and Karina Smirnoff respectively.

Pretty Little Liars' Brant Daugherty will attempt to make it a second win for partner Peta Murgatroyd as former Saved By The Bell star Elizabeth Berkley and Val Chmerkovskiy do their darndest to stop them.

Sharna Burgess will have her work cut out for her whipping NFL star Keyshawn Johnson into shape as he represents the sports stars on the dance floor.


Getting her groove back! Snooki revealed she's ready to shake her newly-slender silhouette on the dance floor


Saved By The Fans? Elizabeth Berkley and Val Chmerkovskiy will provide some tough competition


Glee-ful inclusion: Amber Riley is the envy of everyone after being paired with resident hunk - and four-time winner - Derek Hough

Valerie Harper, who rose to fame on '70s sitcom Mary Tyler Moore and revealed her heartbreaking terminal brain cancer diagnosis in January, is the most surprising addition to the cast.

Speaking to People magazine about her decision to join the gruelling show, the 74-year-old has revealed she's feeling 'much better' and her brain scans are 'looking better, too'.

'The doctors tell me there's less evidence of cancer, which is very unusual. However, they both say it's not a case of if, but when. And I can live with that,' she explains.


AM To PM: Songstress Christina Milian will rely on her dance background to get her through the gruelling round-the-clock training with partner Mark Ballas


Capitalising on her fame: Recent Scientology defector Leah Remini is partnered with pro Tony Dovolani

'When they asked [me to be on DWTS], I thought, "Why would I say no?" When life asks you to dance, you just have to dance.'

The actress reveals that she has been asked to be on the show in the past, but always turned the opportunity down 'because I started dancing on Broadway at 17'.

'It helped pay for my acting lessons. And I didn't want to appear on the show and fumble because of my diagnosis.'

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Ravishing in red! Mom-of-one Elizabeth Berkley looked fabulous at 41 as she took to the red carpet on Wednesday


Excited much! Amber Riley will be busy juggling her role on hit series Glee as well as intensive dance rehearsals


Pretty Little Dancer? Brant Daugherty is all set to salsa with stunning Peta Murgatroyd

With her health improving and doctors 'ecstatic' with her recent brain scans, the star hopes it 'might prove inspiring to people to see a 74-year-old woman with terminal cancer dancing'.

Harper has defied odds with her survival and recently filmed a movie role and joined a Nick At Nite reunion of The Mary Tyler Moore Show cast.

Valerie - who is partnered with Tristan MacManus - is so intent on giving it her all in the competition, she has gone so far as to rearrange her treatment schedule to ensure the strong medication doesn't hinder her performance - with her doctors' blessings.


Fancy footwork: Sharna Burgess will have her work cut out for her whipping NFL star Keyshawn Johnson into winning shape


Hot to trot! Derek Hough was all smiles as he was announced as Amber's partner

Her only concern now is squeezing into the skin-tight bedazzled costumes.

'The other day, I told the wardrobe supervisor, "Your job is to take six inches off my butt,"' she laughs.

There are several notable changes this season, starting with professionals Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Kym Johnson, who will not be present.


Rave reviews: Fans were thrilled with the season 17 line-up, which includes Pretty Little Liars hunk Brant Daugherty (left) and NFL star Keyshawn Johnson


Dark horse? Bill Nye will be hoping that science is on his and partner Tyne Stecklein's side

'I wish all the dancers and celebrities in season 17 nothing but love and success, and hope to see you all back on the dance floor for season 18,' Australian dancer Kym says.

The show - which premieres on September 16 - will also be downsized to just one night a week in a bid to 'focus and event-ise' Dancing With The Stars.

'Effectively what we're doing is we're taking the votes from the judges and the votes from the audience and bringing them together at the end. [Executive producer] Conrad has worked through a really interesting two hours. It builds to a climax at the end,' ABC Programming Chief Paul Lee explains.


Always the joker! Comedian Bill Engvall will laugh his way through the competition with pro Emma Slater


Fan favourite? TV personality Jack Osbourne will no doubt have plenty of support from his famous - not to mention outrageous - family as he takes to the dance floor

Edited by Bren - 04 Sep 2013 at 21:26
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