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Ousted 'Dancing' star Toni Braxton: Cloris Leachman will make Top 3

By John Bracchitta, 10/22/2008 

Toni Braxton is making a bold prediction on who she thinks will continue to thrive on Dancing with the Stars.

"Cloris [Leachman] is going to be one of the Top 3," Braxton stated during a Tuesday night Jimmy Kimmel Live appearance that followed her elimination from Dancing with the Stars' seventh season.

"She's wonderful, she's great," Braxton said about the 82-year-old former The Mary Tyler Moore Show star.  "I mean she's 82 and [has] all that energy.  "She has rhythm, she's really good."
The singer also told Kimmel who she believes will be joining Leachman in Dancing with the Stars' Top 4 semifinals.

"I think the [Top 4] would be Cloris, [Warren Sapp], [Lance Bass] and probably [Brooke Burke]," Braxton said.

With her professional dance partner Alec Mazo looking on from the crowd, Braxton reiterated that she was disappointed to see her Dancing with the Stars time come to an end.

However, she also added that she had become worn out by the vigorous schedule the show's live broadcasts required.

"I wasn't ready to go, but to be honest, the Mondays were really hard for me because the show you see at 8 o'clock, we do it earlier [in a dress rehearsal] -- the exact same show with the garb and the dress -- and with my heart condition I was getting chronically fatigued and I think the judges and producers knew that," Braxton told Kimmel.

Braxton's microvascular angina heart condition also required her to bring an unusual entourage to Dancing with the Stars' initial performance shows.

"The first 2-3 weeks my cardiologists were there, just to make sure," Braxton told Kimmel.  "And every day before the performances I have to check my blood pressure and my pulse."

"It falls under the umbrella of a heart attack," she said of her condition. "Twenty-something percent my heart isn't getting enough oxygen. So I'm still battling now so I have the tightness sometimes.  That's why I said Mondays are pretty hard on me.  I'm always sitting there smiling and trying to dance and I think the producers knew that."

Still, Braxton said that she didn't regret competing on Dancing with the Stars and that the show had actually improved her health.
"I'd do it all over again, because my heart is much healthier. When I started in the beginning of the competition I remember [breathing heavy] but now my breathing is more controlled, she told Kimmel. "Dancing is good for the heart. I think I'm going to keep it going."

"Maybe I'll put it in some of my [music] videos and things like that," she added.

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