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Shannen Doherty: Dad changed mind about 'Dancing with the Stars'

By Christopher Rocchio, 03/03/2010 

Despite suffering stage fright, Shannen Doherty finally decided to do Dancing with the Stars after her father suffered a near-fatal stroke on Christmas.

"He lost his speech, he wasn't mobile. He was really struggling, and still is," she told People in a Tuesday report.

"When I mentioned [Dancing with the Stars] to him, he got really excited, and he wanted me to do it. I thought, if my dad can fight through having a stroke and the loss of being able to communicate, I think I can do this for him. So I figured I'm going to get over my fear for him."

Doherty is one of 11 celebrity participants competing on Dancing with the Stars tenth season, which premieres March 22.

The former Scare Tactics and Breaking Up with Shannen Doherty host had previously turned down chances to compete on Dancing with the Stars, including an offer to compete on its initial Summer 2005 season.

"I have a huge fear of live audiences," she explained to People. "I break out in hives, full blown panic attacks, and everything else."

In addition to dealing with her fear of live audiences, Doherty also said she needs to build up her strength so she's physically fit for the series.

"I don't work out. I need to get my endurance up," she told People. "I'm going to get in great shape."

Doherty is also confident she'll have a good time since fellow former 90210 co-stars Ian Ziering and Jennie Garth have already competed on the ABC reality series.

"Everyone who I know who's been on the show has had a great time," she told People. "It's with hesitation and fear, but it's going to be good to conquer a fear."

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