2:15 am - 08/20/2009

Stunner of the Century Tom DeLay is Going to Dance His Way into Your Pants and/or Heart

Why would the former majority leader of the House of Representatives want to compete on season 9 of Dancing With the Stars? “Why not?” answers former Republican congressman Tom DeLay.

Calling PEOPLE from his Sugar Land, Texas, home, DeLay says accepting the show’s offer was a no-brainer. “I just thought it was the neatest thing in the world,” says DeLay, one of 16 stars who’ll be ready to rumba when ABC’s hit show returns Sept. 21. “To be paid to learn how to ballroom dance is the ultimate. I’m giddy about it all.”

Even more delightful for DeLay, 62, are the comments on the Internet and in press reports about his joining the show. DeLay, who earned the nickname The Hammer in Congress, has been at the center of several major political controversies in his career.

“They have tried for the last 15 years to demonize me and this has got to be driving them crazy. Seeing some of the comments from the Democrats and the liberals just tickles me,” DeLay says, laughing.

DeLay, who will be paired with two-time Dancing champ Cheryl Burke, says that those expecting him to fall flat on his face are in for a surprise. “I’ve been dancing all my life,” says DeLay, who spent some of his childhood living in Venezuela. “I was the lead dancer in school [productions].”

Of course that was then. Now, he concedes, “We’ll see what a 62-year-old can do. But I’m ready. I’ve been working for three months getting in shape and I’m serious about this. I want to learn how to dance and I want to do it well.”

DeLay is preparing to relocate to Los Angeles — and he’ll do it in style, hitting the road with his wife and their two dogs, bichon frises Bailey and Taylor, in the family’s RV.

“My wife won’t fly because she doesn’t want to fly our two bichons, so we got an RV a couple of years ago,” DeLay explains. “On our way to Los Angeles, we’re going to dance across the West. We’ll drive five or six hours, dance five hours.”

And once starts rehearsals for show time, DeLay has one goal in mind: “Have fun. I don’t have any illusions. I’m 11 years older than anybody on this show. If I go off the first week, then I’ve spent the four or five weeks before the show learning to do things I really enjoy.” –Monica Rizzo
maleficent27 20th-Aug-2009 10:42 am (UTC)
I have never heard of this guy before.

But he looks like a perv. Oh, and a dick.
butterflychaser 20th-Aug-2009 02:23 pm (UTC)
He's scum. The end.
stellawuzadiver 20th-Aug-2009 03:12 pm (UTC)
His entire career has been like one long scandal.
soil_soil 20th-Aug-2009 10:48 am (UTC)
Tom DeLay is a contemptible human being. Why would anyone want to bring him back in the spotlight? Uhh, ABC, what?
chaka_kahn 20th-Aug-2009 01:23 pm (UTC)
obvious grab for viewers w/ post-secondary educations.
zerogravity2001 20th-Aug-2009 01:53 pm (UTC)
The uneducated masses likely don't know anything about him.
elisabet85 20th-Aug-2009 10:51 am (UTC)
I guess good move on his part, he'll smile and shimmy his way onto people's television screens while most Americans forget what a lying, corrupt, asshole he is. Well played sir, well fucking played.
chimbleysweep 20th-Aug-2009 10:58 am (UTC)
No thank you.
deseti_prsten 20th-Aug-2009 12:15 pm (UTC)
I am still amazed that Obama was put through so much bullshit by republicans over his "celeb image"... yet they will do anything and everything to get into the spotlight. They are so desperate for Hollywood's attention, that I'm convinced real conservatives of the past would disown the attention-whore morons of today. Yet, all Americans seem to ignore this. As long as they're entertaining, it's OK.
baby_bytes 20th-Aug-2009 07:25 pm (UTC)
wits 20th-Aug-2009 01:32 pm (UTC)
i love how this has so few comments
peridotgem 20th-Aug-2009 08:04 pm (UTC)
it's ONTD. They probably think he's an actor or something.
jmintmilano 20th-Aug-2009 01:34 pm (UTC)
I’ve been dancing all my life,” says DeLay, who spent some of his childhood living in Venezuela. “I was the lead dancer in school [productions].

Another self-hating gay republican, amirite?
zerogravity2001 20th-Aug-2009 01:54 pm (UTC)
More than likely.
snowmoon246 20th-Aug-2009 02:34 pm (UTC)
Tom Bergeron is going to have a blast zinging this asshole. So will the judges.
snowmoon246 20th-Aug-2009 05:08 pm (UTC)
LOLOLOL! And I think the asshole in question would probably like it!
iown1000cats 20th-Aug-2009 02:36 pm (UTC)
oh gawd
stellawuzadiver Quoth LuAnn van Houten:20th-Aug-2009 03:14 pm (UTC)
"Eww, no."

NGL, though, his weirdly asymmetric nose has always captivated me.
attheplaza 20th-Aug-2009 03:35 pm (UTC)
DWTS is such a clusterfuck of weirdos.
abiding 20th-Aug-2009 06:10 pm (UTC)
I guess Cheryl won't be making it that far this season.
normalchaos666 20th-Aug-2009 06:49 pm (UTC)
ugh i hate this guy. get out of my district!
westamp 20th-Aug-2009 07:45 pm (UTC)
Aw Cheryl. I really hoped they paired her w/ Mr. Iron Chef but I guess not! :(
also_loled_irl 20th-Aug-2009 08:06 pm (UTC)
Haha I think that would be too much of an advantage based on that guy's martial arts skills
podgybelle 20th-Aug-2009 09:52 pm (UTC)
Geez, my mom would be in heaven if they paired them up. Two filipinos. She's mad Cheryl is paired with this guy.
danikinns 20th-Aug-2009 08:35 pm (UTC)
jessirs 21st-Aug-2009 02:30 am (UTC)
Tom DeLay, if Satan exists in some space in the universe, you are his Earthly personification. Fuck you.
fromwayoutside 21st-Aug-2009 06:47 am (UTC)
now tell me again how he constitutes being a 'star'?
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