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Credit: Gray: David Gabber/PR Photos; DeLay: Eddie Gallacher/Landov; Osbourne: Albert L. Ortega/PR Photos; Mazar: Sylvain Gaboury/PR Photos; Osmond: PR Photos

The cast for Dancing With the Stars’ninth season has been announced and, with 16 contestants, is the show’s largest to date. They are:

Tom DeLay: Former House Majority Leader known as “The Hammer”

Donny Osmond: Singer, brother of DWTS Season 5 contestant Marie Osmond, and choreographer of his own freestyle moves in “Weird Al” Yankovic’s “White & Nerdy” video

Macy Gray: Baby-voiced singer and performer on DWTS Season 4 (who famously commented on Apolo Anton Ohno’s “huge bulge” to reporters)

Kelly Osbourne: Reality star/”singer”

Debi Mazar: Actress (Entourage) and friend of Madonna

Mya: Singer best known for the “Lady Marmalade” cover also featuring DWTS Season 8 contestant Lil’ Kim and appearing in the film Chicago

• Melissa Joan Hart: actress (Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Clarissa Explains it All, Drive Me Crazy) and candy store owner

• Michael Irvin: NFL Hall of Famer and former Dallas Cowboys teammate of DWTS Season 3 winner Emmitt Smith

• Ashley Hamilton: Comedian/actor best known for being the son of DWTS Season 2 contestant George Hamilton and the ex-husband of Shannen Doherty

• Aaron Carter: Singer and brother of Backstreet Boy Nick Carter

• Kathy Ireland: Model/entrepreneur featured in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue for 13 consecutive years

• Natalie Coughlin: U.S. swimmer with 11 Olympic medals, became the first female athlete to win six medals in a single Games at Beijing

• Louie Vito: Pro snowboarder

• Chuck Liddell: UFC Hall of Fame fighter known as The Iceman

• Mark Dacascos: Actor and martial artist best known as the Chairman of Iron Chef America’s Kitchen Stadium

• Joanna Krupa: Swimsuit model most recently partnered with Terrell Owens on ABC’s The Superstars

Tom DeLay is the name DWTS executive producer Conrad Green expected to have “most people splattering on their cornflakes” following this morning’s announcement on Good Morning America. How did it come about? “I know it will sound stupid, we just asked him,” Green tells EW. “We usually throw a few Hail Marys every season to people we don’t think are gonna say yes, but we think, oh, why not ask him. Occasionally, they come off. As it turns out, Tom DeLay likes to do a bit of the Two Step, he likes dancing with his wife. His daughter is a country dancing champion, I believe. He actually really enjoys dancing. Now I don’t know whether that translates into him being the next Mario Lopez on the dance floor, but I think he’s gonna come into it with a big smile on his face and probably surprise a lot of people cause he’s gonna embrace it so much.”

Is DeLay the dancer you’re most excited to see when DWTS returns with a special three-night premiere on Sept. 21? Vote in our poll after the jump. Will he make it to the three back-to-back double elimination episodes in Weeks 5, 6, and 7 (which host Tom Bergeron is already referring to as “the ballroom bloodbath”)? Who will take home the Season 9 trophy? Predictions welcome in the comments section.

Photo Credit: Gray: David Gabber/PR Photos; DeLay: Eddie Gallacher/Landov; Osmond: PR Photos; Osbourne: Albert L. Ortega/PR Photos; Mazar: Sylvain Gaboury/PR Photos

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