'Dancing with the Stars' host Tom Bergeron: Valerie Harper may win the whole competition
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 09/16/2013
Dancing with the Stars host Tom Bergeron has acknowledged strong viewer voting support will likely make Valerie Harper one of the frontrunners to win the seventeenth season's mirror-ball trophy even though her age and ongoing cancer battle may restrict her dancing ability.
"It'll be interesting to see how it plays out. Monday will be our first chance to see everyone together. There's no denying that she is the main focus for people," Bergeron explained.
"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."
The 74-year-old actress was given less than three months to live back in March after being diagnosed with terminal leptomeningeal carcinomatosis, a rare form of cancer in which cancer cells spread into the membrane surrounding the brain.