"I've been a fan of the show since it started. And a few weeks ago, I get this letter from my agent, and it's from ABC, asking if I'd like to be a participant," Presley told The New York Post. "You have no idea what was running through my head: Yes, do it! No, don't do it! I would love to do it. No, you can't do it!"
Presley will be the oldest woman ever to compete on the reality competition. Last season, a lot was made of the fact that contestant Jane Seymour was a mere 56. But Presley doesn't want to clutter her head with numbers.
"I really don't put a whole lot of stock in age," she says. "I think that's a totally wrong attitude in life. It stops many people from doing things. It makes me say: Yes, I will. Because if you have those kinds of stops in your life, you've already lost."
It's hard to argue with that point, as Presley plans to go for the Dancing with the Stars title with as much gusto as she can.
"My fitness level has always been good," says Presley, crediting Pilates and yoga. "I can't do these kicks up in the air because I'm not that limber. But I've been going to the gym every day."
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