Friday, February 13, 2009

'Dancing' host Samantha Harris picks top contender

NEW YORK - The new season of "Dancing With the Stars" hasn't even begun, but host Samantha Harris already has an idea who could be a top contender.

Harris has her eye on Olympic gold-medal gymnast Shawn Johnson, who's among the 13 celebrities vying for the mirror-ball trophy when the ABC dance competition returns March 9.

Olympians have a good track record on the show, with past "Dancing" champs like figures skater Kristi Yamaguchi and speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno.

Harris walked the runway at the Heart Truth fashion show during New York Fashion Week.

She joined 19 other celebs - among them, "Dancing" alums Yamaguchi and Vivica A. Fox - to strut the catwalk for the annual event in which stars wear red dresses created for them by famous designers.

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