Tom DeLay among newest 'Dancing With the Stars' contestants

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Tbd-tomdelay081809 Former Republican Majority Leader Tom DeLay is one of 15 celebrities from the worlds of entertainment and sports in kicking up their heels on the new season of Dancing With the Stars, the AP reports. That truly stretching the definition of the term "stars."

Other hopefuls on the ABC staple include entertainer Donny Osmond; singers Mya, Macy Gray and Aaron Carter; actors Melissa Joan Hart, Debi Mazar and Ashley Hamilton (son of George); models Joanna Krupa and Kathy Ireland; reality stars Kelly Osbourne and Mark Dacascos ("the Chairman" on Food Network's Iron Chef America); mixed martial artist Chuck Liddell; professional snowboarder Louie Vito; Olympic swimmer Natalie Coughlin; former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Irvin and the 62-year-old former congressman from Texas.

The contestants were announced on Monday's Good Morning America by Dancing host Tom Bergeron. But there's also a twist.

"In the middle of our season, over three weeks, we're going to have double eliminations," said Bergeron. "We'll lose about half of our cast within that period. It will be a ballroom bloodbath."

We really had a different kind of bloodbath in mind. But we'll still tune in to watch the horror on Sept. 21.

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