VIDEO: Valerie Harper Dances Lively Paso Doble on DWTS

Despite having trouble with a strained knee this week, fan favorite contestant Valerie Harper came out fighting on last night's DANCING WITH THE STARS on ABC. The actress and her pro dance partner Tristan McManus danced a theatrical Paso Doble which prompted judge Len Goodman to comment, "You came out with total commitment...You're a brave, brave lady."

"You captured the grandeur of a great lady of Spain offered Bruno, while Carrie Ann critiqued, "I'm so in awe of your courage, but I feel like you forgot about a third of the routine in the middle." She quickly added, "but you are incredible in the way you attack those moves!"

The couple received 19 points from the judges for a total of 40 points for the two weeks. Combined with viewer votes, the couple was safe and will move on to next week's round of competition.

For a full recap of last night's show, click here!

"Dancing with the Stars" is back with an all-new cast and fresh show format. The competition will shake things up this season by transitioning to a one night, two-hour format. The premiere episode will kick off with a spectacular opening number featuring the entire cast. Each couple will then perform a Cha Cha, Foxtrot or Contemporary routine, vying for America's vote for the first time. Beginning with the second episode on Monday, September 23, one couple will be eliminated at the end of the show by combining the judges' scores from the first two weeks with the public votes from the previous week.

Hosted by Emmy Award-winning host Tom Bergeron ("America's Funniest Home Videos") and Brooke Burke-Charvet ("Dancing with the Stars" Season 7 Champion), "Dancing with the Stars" is the hit series in which celebrities perform choreographed dance routines which are judged by renowned ballroom judge Len Goodman and dancer/choreographers Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba.

VIDEO: Valerie Harper Dances Lively Paso Doble on DWTS
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