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Tom Bergeron: Valerie Harper Could Be A Front-Runner On Dancing With The Stars

September 16, 2013 01:32 PM by Stephanie Gustafson

We were pretty darn surprised when we learned that former Mary Tyler Moore star Valerie Harper would be showing off her hottest moves on Dancing With The Stars. After all, she recently was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. But Tom Bergeron says that, far from destroying her shot at the mirror ball trophy, Valerie’s cancer diagnosis just might lead her all the way to victory.

Fans are eagerly awaiting Valerie Harper’s debut on Dancing With The Stars. Not only does the actress have a lovely personality and an unmatched story of overcoming obstacles, she’s also obtained plenty of dance experience during past stints on Broadway. But many are predicting that the celeb will pull a Dorothy Hamill, falling victim to injury after only a week on the show.

Tom Bergeron says that we should think twice before discounting Valerie Harper as a serious contender. Not only is the actress bound and determined to stay in the competition as long as possible, she has definite fan support on her side. During a recent radio interview, Tom admitted, “There’s no denying that [Valerie] is the main focus for people. She is certainly the one name that made me really sit up. She is a remarkable woman, incredibly engaging… So yeah, I think it’s fair to say that she is going to be one of the key focal points — if not the focal point — of certainly the early shows.”

Fan support counts for a lot, but given her current health status, there’s always the potential for Valerie to drop out for medical reasons. Tom anticipates that this would be the only reason the actress would leave the show in the first few weeks. But Valerie Harper and Dorothy Hamill are different women dealing with different situations, which is why Tom says he “can’t imagine” that Valerie would follow in Dorothy’s footsteps.

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