'Dancing With the Stars' Season 17 Cast May Be the Most Emotional & Controversial Yet

DWTSSeason 17 of Dancing With the Stars is coming very soon, and next Tuesday, September 4 on Good Morning America, the cast will be officially announced. But leaks and rumors are running hot and if any of them are true, it really does sound like season 17 is going to be one of the more interesting seasons to date.

So far it sounds like there might be some seriously moving moments thanks to 74-year-old Valerie Harper, who played Rhoda on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and her own spin-off. Supposedly in March she was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer and was only given three months to live. If Harper is dancing, there won't be a dry eye in the house. Wow. I will be watching.

She may be the big news, but there are other pretty big names, too. See below:

1.) Leah Remini: Recently ousted Scientology member Remini would bring a little drama to the dance floor. I would imagine ABC won't let her delve too deeply into her split from the religion that counts Tom Cruise and Kirstie Alley among its members, but at least she will be interesting to watch. She is a bit of a talker.

2.) Snooki: I, for one, REALLY hope Snooki is actually going to be on the show. She is a new mom, so I am sure she will have plenty to say about that. In addition, she is cute and spunky and will surely bring more sass and talent to the dance floor than past Jersey Shore alums (Situation, I am looking at you). It should be great fun to watch.

3.) Amber Riley: Amber is currently starring on hit show Glee, so it's unclear how she will juggle both. Regardless, it would be great fun to see someone who is CURRENTLY a star shake and shimmy on the dance floor. I also just have a feeling she'll be good.

4.) Elizabeth Berkley: Now we have TWO Saved by the Bell stars (Remini was also on briefly), but Berkley has the added bonus of having been on Showgirls. I am guessing she will be a ringer given her obvious dance background. It will be pretty interesting to see anyway.

5.) Christina Milian: I have nothing to say about this host of The Voice, but let's recall that Brooke Burke Charvet was also a host and she ended up dominating the competition. So we can't count her out!

This season is going to be hot, hot, hot. I can't wait to get the final confirmation.

What do you think of the rumors?


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Cooks... Cookster792

Funny how some of these people I never heard of. I watch tv a lot, go to the movies, work full time and I

am 65. Sounds like a lot of has beens. Will not be watching, it's a popularity contest anyway. 

nonmember avatar Anna

So who would be the "pull factor" here? There isn't a single person named above that I would want to watch.

lovem... lovemy2sons25

I would totally watch if Snooki is on there!!

Melissa Jewell

just a small correction, Tuesday is the 3rd of September, not the 4th. So which day will the cast be announced?

Deb Smith

who are these people???? Does not have me wanting to tune in. Seems like they have run out of real stars that will participate. Sorry, Not planning on watching this year.

Kathy Rae Brown

Where's our football star? Gotta have one!

Deena Dow

Look it up on the tv or read it in the TV guide

Denise Rae

John Stamos is rumored to be on. Hope so.

Heather Giardino

Why doesn't anyone seem to remember that Christina Milian is a singer and dancer? They never bring it up on the voice either. She should do very well this season!

Kency09 Kency09

Heather, right!!

"Dip it low, pick it up slowwww...."


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