He was known for twisting arms while a member of Congress, but now it seems that Tom DeLay will be doing a whole new kind of arm-twisting — this time on the dance floor.
You learned it here first yesterday – but it’s now official – Tom DeLay will be a contestant on hit TV show Dancing With the Stars . We at FDC couldn’t be more excited. Finally, Hollywood for Ugly People is going to actual Hollywood.
Best known for intimidating Members on the House Floor (we think Robin Hayes is still crying), DeLay will need all the help he can get as he faces ABC’s version of the Obama Health Care Plan’s Death Panel: Dancing with the Stars Judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli and Len Goodman.
As always, stayed tuned to FamousDC for all the latest DWTS news – and exclusive updates from Camp DeLay. As the season rolls on, we’ll provide those of you with lives with episode previews, wrap-ups and more. If we’re up to it (and our loved ones don’t stop us), we might even live blog an episode or two.
Dancing with the Stars premiered in the summer of 2005. It will enter its 9th season in Fall 2009. If DeLay wins, he’ll run for Majority Leader of this .
UPDATE 1: Read the entire cast annoucement here.
UPDATE 2: We reached out to Camp DeLay for their reaction–and tickets to the season finale. According to spokeswoman Shannon Flaherty, the former Majority Leader has decided to slip on a pair of dancing shoes because he’s always looking for a new adventure.
We’re impressed he could keep this a secret all summer. Anyone who’s seen him on the dance floor at convention parties or weddings knows he’s going to surprise a lot of people – and in a good way. This is going to be a fun campaign, and at least we know he’ll make it as far as Tucker Carlson," said Flaherty.
UPDATE 3: Here are the other contestants: Louis Vito, Aaron Carter, Michael Irvin, Kathy Ireland, Melissa Joan Hart, Mya, Donny Osmond, Mark Decascos, Ashley Hamilton, Macy Gray, Kelly Osborne, Debi Mazar, Chuck Lidell, Natalie Coughlin, Joanna Krupa.
UPDATE 4: The DeLay news is so huge for ABC, they waited to announce his name last. Not to mention he’s now a trending topic on Twitter.
UPDATE 5: DeLay is now twittering …