Donny Osmond, Michael Irvin and Tom DeLay among celebs on ABC's Dancing With the Stars
American Idol expatriate Paula Abdul isn't putting on her tap shoes to compete on ABC's next cycle of Dancing With the Stars. But TV's second most-watched unscripted talent competition still has plenty of oddball notables on tap for next month's debut, including former House majority leader Tom DeLay, former NFL star Michael Irvin and the brother of 3rd place finisher Marie Osmond, Donny Osmond.
The dancing competition revealed a whopping 16 celebrities taking part in the competition this year -- its biggest cast in history -- allowing the show to present several weeks with double eliminations. It all gets underway during a three-night event starting Sept. 21, during the fall TV season's official start.
Unveiled on Good Morning America today, the list also includes pop star Macy Gray, model Kathy Ireland, host Kelly Osbourne, Olympic swimmer Natalie Coughlin, model Joanna Krupa, actress Debi Mazar, singer Aaron Carter, UFC fighter Chuck Liddell, pro snowboarder Louie Vito, R&B star Mya, actress Melissa Joan Hart, host Mark Dacascos, actor Ashley Hamilton.
The show will also feature three consecutive weeks of double eliminations, four new dances -- including the Lambada! -- and a competition featuring pro dancers vying for a spot in new year's contest.
Besides pushing the boundary of celebrity -- can people really make a living snowboarding? -- this list ensures that some celebrities will be flashes in a big pan, twirling before the cameras a couple of times before the multiple early eliminations send them packing quickly.
If past competitions are any indication, expect athletes like Irvin (right) and Coughlin (left) to be early favorites, along with one of the singers (I'm betting Mya and Carter, both of whom have had to cut a few rugs in their music videos, have an advantage here), and a few unknowns.
And between DeLay's arrest for money laundering and Irvin's drug possession charges, there's at least two contestants with mugshots online.
Maybe it's just because I hate post-scandal, publicity hound politicians, but I'm betting DeLay pulls a Blagojevich and mostly embarrasses himself on national TV.
But hey, even Jerry Springer scored a hosting gig on America's Got Talent after yukking it up on DWTS, so there may be a method to DeLay's madness.
Click below to see the full bios, courtesy of ABC.com:
The former House Majority Leader is a prominent Republican and conservative firebrand. He was first elected to Congress in 1984, and when Republicans took control of the House his colleagues elected him majority whip, and later majority leader. DeLay is currently president of First Principles LLC, a strategic political consulting firm based in Washington, D.C., and Houston.
Olympic swimming gold medalist Natalie Coughlin is the most decorated female athlete of both the 2008 Beijing and 2004 Athens Games. Coughlin has won a medal in every single Olympic event that she has ever entered for a total of 11 Olympic medals. Born and raised in northern California, Coughlin attended the University of California, Berkeley where she earned a B.A. in psychology in 2005.
Polish-born Joanna Krupa was born in Warsaw and raised in Chicago. After high school, she moved to LA to pursue a career in modeling and acting. Her hard work and positive spirit led her to become one of the most requested models/covergirls in the world. PETA's "I'd Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur" campaign featuring Joanna became a phenomenon.
Mazar's feature film debut in Martin Scorsese's "Goodfellas" set the stage for an extensive career in both television and film. The couple have two young daughters and presently reside in both Los Angeles and Tuscany, Italy.
Singer, actress and media personality, Kelly's father is rock icon, Ozzy Osbourne, and her mother is well-known TV personality, Sharon Osbourne. Kelly got her start at the age of 16 in the first ever "celebrity reality" TV show, "The Osbournes," with her famous family, which garnered them an Emmy Award ® for "Outstanding Reality Program" in 2002.
Triple platinum-selling music artist/songwriter, producer, actor and younger brother of Backstreet Boys Nick Carter, Aaron Carter has established himself worldwide as a pop and teen sensation. Beginning his career at the age of 8, he is currently the youngest solo artist to have four Top 40 singles. In 2006, Carter starred in the E! reality show, "House of Carters," which featured all five of the Carter siblings living in the same house.
Chuck Liddell is the face of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and the icon of Mixed Martial Arts -- the fastest growing sport in America. Chuck earned a BA in Business/Accounting from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where he also wrestled.
Professional snowboarder, Louie Vito, is among the U.S.'s elite snowboarders favored to make the 2010 Olympic team. The 21 year-old native of Bellefontaine, Ohio, turned pro in 2006 and has competed in multiple Winter X-Games competitions. He is also a two-time winner of the USSA Grand Prix Halfpipe Series.
Macy Gray first burst onto the music scene with her debut album "On How Life Is" and the hit single "I Try," both of which went to number one. She has gone on to sell more than 20,000,000 albums worldwide and has won and has been nominated for five Grammy Awards and six MTV Video Music Awards. Macy has also appeared in numerous films including "Spider Man," "Training Day," "Idlewild" (with Outkast) and the award-winning HBO Film "Lackawanna Blues."
Melissa Joan Hart
Known for her starring roles in the television series "Clarissa Explains It All" and "Sabrina the Teenage Witch," Hart began her career at the early age of 4 with television commercials and various television appearances. Hart and husband Mark Wilkerson are the proud parents of two sons, Mason, age 3 and Braydon 17 months.
Kathy Ireland, the super model is now, wife, mother of three, author, Sunday school teacher and fashion CEO, of kathy ireland Worldwide® (KIWW)®. Forbes, Newsweek and the Wall Street Journal celebrate KIWW® as a $1.4 billion design empire.
Grammy Award ® winning multi-platinum artist Mya, became a star at the age of 18 with her eponymous debut album which yielded three top 10 singles. In addition to releasing five full length albums, one of which went platinum and another, gold, she starred in the acclaimed film "Chicago."
Famously known as "The Chairman" and host of Food Network's "Iron Chef America," Dacascos is also a trained martial artist as well as actor. He has appeared in several feature films including the internationally acclaimed French epic, "Brotherhood of the Wolf," the cult classic "Only the Strong," "Cradle to the Grave," opposite Jet Li, "Only the Brave," "Nomad" and "The Lost Medallion," which is scheduled to be released later this year.
Actor, songwriter, comedian and son of former "Dancing with the Stars" contestant George Hamilton, Ashley is a multi-talented, multi-hyphenate with experience in film, comedy, and television. Since 2007 he has been performing stand-up comedy at The Laugh Factory, The Hollywood Improv, The Comedy Store and Room 5 in Los Angeles.
One of the most successful wide receivers in the history of the NFL, former Dallas Cowboy Michael Irvin is a three-time Super Bowl champion and former broadcaster for ESPN's "NFL Countdown." Most recently, he appeared on the Hall of Fame inductions on the NFL Network and hosts his own radio show in Dallas for ESPN Radio.
Osmond won the hearts of millions as both a member of the Osmonds and, with his sister (and "Dancing With the Stars" alumna) Marie, as the youngest co-hosts in prime time history on the iconic ABC variety series "The Donny & Marie Show." Donny and Marie are currently performing at the Las Vegas Flamingo Hotel through 2012. For nearly five decades, Donny Osmond has been a singer, musician, Broadway and film actor, talk show and game show host, best-selling author, and even a champion race car driver.