The “Dancing with the Stars” 2013 cast includes Valerie Harper, Nicole “Snooki” Polozzi, Leah Remini, Bill Nye, Elizabeth Berkley, Keyshawn Johnson, Amber Riley, Jack Osbourne, Christina Milian, Corbin Bleu, Brant Daugherty, and Bill Engvall. The “Dancing with the Stars” 2013 cast was revealed on Wednesday morning on ABC's "Good Morning America," reported the Los Angeles Times on Sept. 4, 2013.
The new season of "Dancing with the Stars," which is transitioning to one night, is set to kick off with a two-hour premiere on Sept. 16 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
Ranging in ages 24 to 74, the new cast of “Dancing with the Stars” will not only put their dancing skills in the public eye but also some of the challenges that have been part of their lives. Leah Remini just left the Church of Scientology this year. Being only 27 years old, reality TV star Jack Osbourne was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2012, and 74-year-old Valerie Harper was diagnosed earlier this year with terminal brain cancer.
Here are the 12 new "Dancing with the Stars" contestants:
- Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, 25 — The reality TV star will work with Sasha Farber.
- Valerie Harper, 74, -- known for her roles as Rhoda Morgenstern in the 1970s television series “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and its spin-off, “Rhoda" will work with Tristan MacManus.
- Leah Remini, 43 — The former "King of Queens" actress, who left the Church of Scientology this year , will work with Tony Dovolani.
- Bill Nye, 57 — Actor and television host "Science Guy" Bill Nye will work with Tyne Stecklein.
- Elizabeth Berkley, 41 — The film and television star from "Saved By the Bell" and "Showgirls" will dance with Val Chmerkovskiy.
- Keyshawn Johnson, 41 — The retired NFL wide receiver will work with Sharna Burgess.
- Amber Riley, 27 — The actress and singer, best known for her role as Mercedes Jones on "Glee," will work with Derek Hough.
- Jack Osbourne, 27 —The reality TV star, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2012, will dance with Cheryl Burke.
- Christina Milian, 31 — The actress, singer-songwriter and social media correspondent for "The Voice" will work with Mark Ballas.
- Corbin Bleu, 24 — Disney's "High School Musical" performer will work with Karina Smirnoff.
- Brant Daugherty, 28 — The "Pretty Little Liars" star will work with Peta Murgatroyd.
- Bill Engvall, 56 — Actor-comedian Engvall from the Blue Collar Comedy troupe will work with Emma Slater.
Valerie Harper told ABC News, “Don't die until you're dead!" when the 74-year-old was asked why she decided to join the "Dancing With the Stars" 2013 cast despite having been diagnosed with terminal cancer in January.
"Don't give up on your life. Till God strikes you dead, don't just lay there."
The new “Dancing with the Stars” contestant was told eight months ago that she had three to six months to live. For now, recent scans show that the cancer may have retreated but while she is close to remission, Valerie Harper says that she is not there yet.
Valerie Harper’s husband, Tony Cacciotti, convinced his wife to participate in “Dancing with the Stars” even though Valerie thought that she was too heavy.
"My husband, Tony Cacciotti, he said, 'You got to do it.' I said, ‘Never! I'm too heavy, look at these girls, they are in fabulous shape.’ But he pushed every button he could. He said, 'You do it 'cause you have cancer’."
"I didn't want to go out there and be fat and be inadequate, but I have cancer, so it behooves me to go out there."