The new season of "Dancing with the Stars" contestants has been announced. And it includes familiar faces from the worlds of modeling, entertainment and sports such as former Dallas Cowboy Michael
Irvin, reality star Kelly Osbourne, singer Macy Gray and supermodel Kathy Ireland.
Bu the most interesting pick is from the political arena. No, not Barack Obama. Not yet, anyway.
It's former House of
Representatives Majority Leader Tom DeLay. DeLay is reviled by many Democrats — who will be watching to see him misstep — and beloved by more Republicans — who will cheer him on.
Apparently, he loves dancing and is a big fan of the show. Who knew?
The professional dancer-celebrity pairings will be announced on
But here's the complete celeb cast for Season Nine
Melissa Joan Hart, actress
Michael Irvin, former Dallas Cowboy
Ashley Hamilton, actor, comedian, singer-songwriter
Aaron Carter, singer
Kathy Ireland, former supermodel
Debi Mazar, actress
Natalie Coughlin, U.S. Olympic swimmer
Louie Vito, snowboarder
Chuck Liddell, ultimate fighting champ
Donny Osmond, singer
Tom DeLay, former Republican congressman
Macy Gray, singer
Joanna Krupa, model and actress
Mark Dacascos, "Iron Chef" personality
Kelly Osbourne, reality star
Photo: Former House of Representatives Majority Leader Tom DeLay. Credit: WireImage