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Report: Snooki and Terminally Ill Valerie Harper Up for 'DWTS' Season 17

August 29, 2013 (2:23 am) GMT
Leah Remini and 'Glee' star Amber Riley are said to be joining the cast of 'Dancing with the Stars' as well.
Report: Snooki and Terminally Ill Valerie Harper Up for 'DWTS' Season 17

Before the official announcement is made, several names of possible "" contestants have floated around on the Internet. Words are, Valerie Harper who was recently diagnosed with a terminal brain cancer will join the cast of the show's 17th season.

According to TMZ, the 74-year-old actress will be paired with professional dancer Tristan MacManus and they have begun practicing since Monday, August 26. She's reportedly doing so well and completely self-sufficient that she doesn't need any special assistance, despite doctors' initial estimate that she would only have until June to live.

Other reports say that , , , , and Keyshawn Johnson will also dance on "DWTS" ballroom. "HUGE announcement next week hehehehehe! Can't wait to share y'all," Riley, who is one of "" original cast members, hinted at her participation in the reality show through a message on Instagram.

Following the tradition, "DWTS" will unveil its official cast line-up on "" on September 4. The show itself will kick off its new installment Monday, September 16 at 8 P.M. on ABC. The dancing competition series is downsized to one episode per week in the upcoming season, but it's still unknown how it will affect the format.

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