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Date Posted: 17 Sep 2013 at 10:53

'It's good to be alive!': Brave Valerie Harper brings the judges to tears on Dancing With The Stars as she receives standing ovation

By - Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED: 05:59, 17 September 2013 | UPDATED: 08:05, 17 September 2013

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She was given three months to live when she was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer earlier this year.

But after beating the odds and making her Dancing With The Stars debut, Valerie Harper declared: 'It’s good to be alive and it’s even better to be dancing.'

The 74-year-old actress, who is the oldest – and arguably bravest – contestant on season 17 of the hit reality show, received a standing ovation for her foxtrot with partner Tristan MacManus.

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Emotional: Brave Valerie Harper looked absolutely stunned by the great comments from the DWTS judges on the opening night

Looking elegant in a floor-length blue dress, Valerie was all smiles as she took to the floor and danced to Some Kind of Wonderful by The Drifters.

And when host Tom Bergeron asked if anything had been troubling her during rehearsals, she quipped: 'Not the cancer but my sore knee.'

Referring to Irish dancer Tristan, she joked: 'This little slave driver is working me hard.'


Special bond: Valerie is comforted by her partner, Irish dancer Tristan MacManus, as they receive their glowing report from the judges


Living life: Valerie appeared to be in high spirits and told the audience 'It's good to be alive' as she wowed the judges with her performance


Style and grace: Valerie received a standing ovation for her foxtrot with partner Tristan MacManus


Wowing: Valerie brought the house down with her foxtrot on the night

There was hardly a dry eye in the house following Valerie’s foxtrot – including judge Carrie Ann Inaba, who fought back tears when asked for her thoughts.

'You brought me to tears with your courage and I just appreciate you being on our show so much,' she said.

Len Goodman - who was also seen wiping away the tears - added that Valerie showed 'ease and elegance', while Bruno Tonioli said she was 'an inspiration to the nation'.


Incredible: Valerie was a highlight of the two-hour special and last to perform on the night


Standing ovation: Valerie's performance not only brought the house down, but made the judges visibly emotional


Teary: Carrie Ann Inaba fights back the tears as she gives her comments to Valerie


Overcome: Bruno was full of admiration for Valerie as well as giving the star constructive criticism


In it to win it! Valeria told the judges that they 'must' give her fair criticism for her routine

Valerie, who received 21 out of 30 points for her routine, told the audience: 'I was given a death sentence and here it is eight or nine months later. I’m way past my expiration date and I’m dancing.'

Another celebrity who bravely took to the dance floor following struggles in his personal life was TV star Jack Osbourne.

The 27-year-old, who less than a fortnight ago revealed wife Lisa had miscarried their second child, scored 23 for a playful foxtrot with partner Cheryl Burke.


Goodbye Snooki? The diminutive reality star revealed that she likes to go by the name of 'Nicole' now that she is a new mother


Surprise performance: Snooki her strutted her way around the floor and impressed the judges


Jersey girl: Snooki appeared to be having the time of her life with pro dancer Sasha

'I want to know how Sharon’s feeling right now because momma bear should be so proud of her son,' Carrie Ann said, as the cameras cut to Jack’s mother Sharon Osbourne sobbing tears of joy in the crowd.

His rock star father Ozzy and wife Lisa were also there to support Jack, who has said he is doing the show to raise awareness of multiple sclerosis – the disease he was diagnosed with in 2012.

'Right now I’m physically able to do DWTS but it might not always be this way so I don’t want to miss this opportunity,' he explained.


Reasons to be Glee-ful: Amber Riley wowed the judges with her performance on the night


Fierce! Amber Riley is proving to be a feisty contestant already as she made claw marks to the judges comments alongside her partner Derek Hough


Top performer: Amber scored the highest votes of the night, helped by dancer Derek Hough who has a winning track record


All the right moves: Derek and Amber scored a high note with the judges

Jack, who has previously battle alcohol and drug addiction, won the judges over with his dance, which was performed to Pack Up by Eliza Doolittle.

'You can dance. That was fabulous. You’re going to give your sister a run for her money,” Len said, referring to his sister Kelly who came third on the show in 2009.

Bruno, meanwhile, described Jack’s performance as 'joyful, playful and uplifting'.


Inspiring: Jack Osbourne brought his mother Sharon to tears with his dance on the opening show


Coming out fighting: Brave Jack proved that you can't keep a good man down as he took to the ballroom dancefloor with partner Cheryl Burke


Aiming high: Jack certainly showed that he's serious about going far in the competition with his energetic performance


Happy: Sharon couldn't hide the tears of happiness as Jack received a rave review from the judges


Didn't he do well! Sharon and Jack's wife Lisa enjoy the good news of the judges comments

Another contestant who had A-list support in the audience was 43-year-old actress Leah Remini.

Jennifer Lopez and boyfriend Casper Smart were seen cheering from their seats in the audience as the King of Queens star performed a foxtrot with partner Tony Dovolani.

Leah, who publicly criticised the Church of Scientology earlier this year after defecting from the controversial faith, received mixed reactions from the judges after dancing to Tears Dry On Their Own by Amy Winehouse.


Work cut out for her: Despite being a former pop star, Christina Milian received a few critical comments from the judges


Training from A.M to P.M? Former popstar Christina Milian certainly put a lot of energy into her performance on DWTS


She's got the moves: The Voice co-host showed off her impressive physique in a purple outfit on the night


Doing her best: Christina clearly tried to hide her disappointment as the judges gave her a fair amount of criticism after her performance

The TV star looked less than impressed as Bruno told her she “went Miley Cyrus for a moment” and almost started twerking.

But Carrie Ann said she had 'sass and class' and Leah received a respectable 21 out of 30.
Top score of the night, during the live two-hour season premiere, went to actress Amber Riley, who was cheered by a number of her Glee co-stars.

Amber, who is best known for her role as Mercedes Jones on Glee, received a staggering 27 out of 30 for her high-energy cha-cha-cha, which was performed to Little Mix hit Wings with partner Derek Hough.


Confident: High School Musical star Corbin Bleu gives a knowing point to the judges after his impressive performance


Strong opener: Corbin holds his professional partner Karina confidently as they take to the dancefloor


Not in High School anymore: The former Disney star's routine would have certainly made some of his old co-stars blush


Breakout star? The movie actor certainly proved to be some impressive eye candy in the opening show

While Carrie Ann bowed, Bruno gushed: 'You are the tigress of season 17. That’s how you take it, that’s how you shake it, that’s how you make it yours.

Len told the 27-year-old: “I need a medic here. I’m palpitating, perspirating and flatulating.” [sic].

High School Musical star Corbin Bleu and Showgirls actress Elizabeth Berkley also scored well and both were awarded 24 out of 30 for their contemporary dance routines.

While Carrie Ann told Corbin his performance with Karina Smirnoff was 'beautiful', Len told Elizabeth her routine with Val Chmerkovskiy was 'lovely to watch'.


Putting her past behind her: Elizabeth Berkley revealed that she stopped dancing after her mega flop Showgirls was released


Showgirl: Elizabeth certainly showed that she's had previous experience as she performed one of the better routines of the night


Time of her life: Elizabeth and pro dancer Val give a sensual performance on DWTS

'The original showgirl is back. That was a great piece of dancing,' Bruno added.

Holding up the other end of the scoreboard, however, was Science Guy Bill Nye, who won over the studio audience but not the judges with his cha-cha-cha.

The crowd booed the judges after the 57-year-old former Boeing engineer was awarded just 14 points – including a four from Len – for his routine with new professional Tyne Stecklein, which was performed to the Weird Science theme tune.


Best friends: Jennifer was seen in the audience with her boyfriend Casper Smart as her friend Leah Remini performed


Not impressed: Leah did not look happy when Bruno Tonioli compared her performance to that of Miley Cyrus


Seal of approval: Despite what Bruno thought, J-Lo appeared to be a big fan of her friend Leah


Good and bad: Leah received mixed reactions from the judges after dancing to Tears Dry On Their Own by Amy Winehouse


Not the reaction she hoped for: It seemed Leah did not enjoy Bruno's Miley Cyrus jibes in his verdict

'It was like being waxed. It was painful while it happened and lovely when it was over,' Len said, while Bruno added: 'This formula is not going to get you the Nobel Prize.'

Retired NFL star Keyshawn Johnson and comedian Bill Engvall also struggled in their dancing debut, receiving scores of 17 and 18 respectively.

Len told Keyshawn he needed to work on his technique after watching him dance the cha-cha-cha with partner Sharna Burgess.

Bill, who claims he wants to be the 'rednecks’ dancing king', was told he showed promise after his foxtrot with British partner Emma Slater.


Ones to watch? Brant Daugherty and partner Peta Murgatroyd made a big impact as the first couple on the floor


Tough act to follow: Brant and Peta gave a showy first performance


Murder on the dancefloor: Brant will no doubt be a hit with the female audiences at home

Actor Brant Daugherty and partner Peta Murgatroyd, meanwhile, could be the ones to watch for a potential dance floor romance, as the pair appeared smitten with one another during rehearsals.

While Australian professional Peta described the Pretty Little Liars star as “hot”, he said his first impression of his new instructor was “that girl is beautiful”.

After letting slip that they were both single, the pair proceeded to perform a raunchy cha-cha-cha to Robin Thicke’s controversial hit Blurred Lines and received a score of 22 from the judges.

'That was fabulous,' said Len, while Bruno described the routine as 'very hot stuff and very easy on the eye'.


No laughing matter: Comedian Bill Engvall struggled in his dancing debut receiving a low score of 18


Joke-free: Bill and his pro dancer Emma couldn't quite charm the judges into giving them a high score


Embrace: Comedian Bill Engvall received one of the lowest scores of the night

'That was a sizzling teaser of things to come,' he added.

Singer Christina Milian also received praise – and a score of 22 - for her contemporary dance with partner Mark Ballas, which was performed to Clarity by Zedd.

Len told the AM to PM singer she had been a little too careful, while Carrie Ann added: “I think you’re better than you think you are. You’re a gorgeous dancer. I want you to open up more.”

Jersey Shore star Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi was the last celebrity to take to the dance floor and surprised the judges with her cha-cha-cha moves.


Fan favourite: American science educator and comedian Bill Nye won over the studio audience but not the judges with his cha-cha-cha


Weird science: Bill certainly lived up to his academic reputation at the beginning of his dance

Sporting a sparkly pink dress and her usual lashings of fake tan, the reality TV star danced to Flo-Rida hit Wild Ones with partner Sasha Farber.

Snooki, who says she wants to be known as Nicole rather than going by her Jersey Shore moniker on the show, said she hopes her appearance on Dancing With The Stars will change public perception of her.

'I’m very excited to show America that I’m a different person now that I’m a mom and I’m not a hot mess like people really think I am – and that I can actually dance,' she said.


Low point: Keyshawn Johnson also received a low score of 17 as he and dancer Sharna failed to impress the judges


Room to improve? Keyshawn will no doubt be putting in extra rehearsal time after his low score

'You just went for it. I love it when people just go for it,' Carrie Ann said, while Len described her as a 'little pocket rocket'.

But their was confusion amongst the judges during the score announcement as Carrie Ann held up the wrong score.

After holding up her number seven board and saying 'seven', Carrie Ann quickly shouted: 'No, no, no, I gave an eight. Sorry. It’s a new show, it’s a new format. I gave an eight. Sorry.'


Dancing: While Keyshawn lacked the moves, Sharna Burges certainly wowed in a pair of gold leggins

Snooki was eventually awarded 23 out of 30 points, but the audience were left wondering what the change was to the scoring system that had caused Carrie Ann’s slip-up.

While previous seasons have seen contestants eliminated on a Tuesday night, this season the results show has been scrapped.

Starting next week, one couple will be eliminated at the end of each Monday night episode by combining the judges’ scores from that night with the public votes from the previous week.


He's back: Judge Len Goodman was back on fine form during the first show on the new season

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