Dancing with the Stars Cast: Announced!

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From a disgraced politician to an actor best known for having been married to Shannen Doherty, this season's cast of Dancing with the Stars isn't just the largest yet (16 contestants), it's also the most random.

Speaking on the new set of Q-list celebrities that will take the floor this fall on ABC, Dancing with the Stars executive producer Conrad Green said:

“When we increase the cast we find it makes the competition more interesting. It was about trying to make it as big as possible and try to get that sense of fun and excitement and real character come through on the show.”

DWTS Cast Pic

Will the plan be successful? Viewers will find out when season nine premieres on September 21. Here's a look at who will be competing for the crystal ball trophy:

  • Kathy Ireland (former swimsuit model)
  • Macy Gray (Grammy Award-winning singer)
  • Melissa Joan Hart (random actress)
  • Maya (singer)
  • Ashley Hamilton (ex-husband of Shannen Doherty)
  • Michael Irvin (former NFL wide receiver)
  • Mark Dacascos (host of Iron Chef America)
  • Donny Osmond (entertainment news correspondent, singer)
  • Kelly Osbourne (reality TV star)
  • Debi Mazar (actress, most recently seen on Entourage)
  • Chuck Liddell (UFC contestant)
  • Natalie Coughlin (Olympic champion swimmer)
  • Joanna Krupa (beautiful model)
  • Louis Vito (Pro snowboarder)
  • Aaron Carter (former boy band member)
  • Tom DeLay (shady, former Congressman)

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