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"Dancing With the Stars:" Seven New Contestants Have Rap Sheets

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New York (CBS/AP) It's August and that means it's time to meet the new cast of "Dancing with the Stars." But this year's group of entrants has an unusual twist. Seven of the 16 hopefuls have had brushes with the law.

While the show is sometimes seen as an opportunity to give new life to flagging careers or to rehabilitate tarnished images, the question now is whether the show can clean up the police records of this year's dancing darlings.

Among the competitors this year are: Former Republican Majority Leader Tom DeLay; Singers Mya, Macy Gray and Aaron Carter; Actors Melissa Joan Hart and Donny Osmond; Models Joanna Krupa and Kathy Ireland; Reality star Kelly Osbourne; Professional snowboarder Louie Vito; And former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Irvin.


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Photos: Season 9 of "Dancing."


But some of the new stars have been naughtier than others.

First up is Tom DeLay. For those who missed the former Republican Majority Leader's 2005 political meltdown, a refresher: DeLay was indicted by a Texas grand jury on criminal charges that he had conspired to violate campaign finance laws. DeLay pleaded not guilty, but Republicans Conference rules forced the 62-year-old to resign from his position as Majority Leader in the US House of Representatives. His case has not gone to trial.

But while DeLay may have been tossed from Congress, the man who some call the "Hammer" for his tough political style may yet have a chance to win it all on "Dancing with the Stars." According to ABC, the show's producers have added the "Texas Two-Step" to the roster of dances.

DeLay is far from being the only contender who has a history of allegedly dancing on the wrong side of the law.

Kelly Osbourne got into some legal trouble across the pond in London, where, earlier this year, she was arrested for a 2008 nightclub incident that allegedly ended in Osbourne slapping celebrity blogger Zoe Griffin across the face. Griffin, in the British tabloid the Mirror, wrote that Osbourne hit her after Griffin made fun of the reality star's model boyfriend.

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Photo: Macy Gray performs during the closing of the 15th annual ESPY Awards on Wednesday, July 11, 2007, in Los Angeles.

Grammy Award-winner Macy Gray has had her own scuffles with the law in her youth. She was arrested for stealing gasoline in 1989 while at the University of Southern California and spent a week behind bars. A few years afterwards she was caught driving under the influence. Gray openly spoke about her former drug habits and lifestyle in an April 2007 interview with The Guardian: "I'd been very self-absorbed and really stupid and just caught up in myself, you know, doing stupid [expletive] like just partying all the time. I picked up a couple of drug habits and I was always with the wrong guy."

Her experience with the law may have helped Gray avoid being arrested for swearing on stage at a performance in Barbados in January 2007. Gray used the word "mother-[expletive]" during a between-songs tirade about the men in her life and had to meet with authorities backstage. They threatened to arrest and charge her for each use of the word unless she publicly apologized, which she did, according to the New York Daily News.

Several other of this year's competitors have been busted for illegal drug use.

Snowboarder Louie Vito, 21, was likely nabbed for pot possession Aug. 8, 2009 in New Zealand, according to ESPN.com. The site matched Vito to a local newspaper report, which said cops stopped a 21-year-old snowboarder set to represent America in the Olympics and a friend for a random roadside breath test and found "not an insignificant amount" of marijuana in their car. Vito was known to be in New Zealand at the time.

Former Dallas Cowboys receiver Michael Irvin was arrested on cocaine possession in 1996 and showed up to court in a full-length mink coat. He was sentenced to community service. Irvin was arrested again in 2005 on an outstanding warrant and also cited for possession of drug paraphernalia after police found a marijuana pipe and plastic bags in his car.

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Photo: Aaron Carter, left, with big brother and former Backstreet Boy, Nick Carter, in 2002.

Even the fresh-faced Aaron Carter, now 21, little brother of former Backstreet Boy Nick Carter, couldn't stay out of trouble. The pop singer was arrested for possessionof at least two ounces of marijuana when he was pulled over for speeding in Junction, TX last February.

There are even wannabe criminals on this year's roster. Donny Osmond was tired of being a squeaky-clean teenybopper years ago, so his publicist planned some stunts to scuff him up a bit. "My publicist even put together a campaign to get me busted for drugs to dirty up my image. I almost went for it," Osmond told the U.K.'s Times Online in an interview.

The contestants were announced on Monday's "Good Morning America" by "Dancing with the Stars," host Tom Bergeron, who also unveiled a new competitive twist.

"In the middle of our season, over three weeks, we're going to have double eliminations," said Bergeron. "We'll lose about half of our cast within that period. It will be a ballroom bloodbath."

Samantha Harris returns as co-host, with the panel of judges including ballroom judge Len Goodman and dancer-choreographers Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba.

The ninth season of the hit ABC show premieres Sept. 21, 2009.


Photos: "Dancing" With Trouble, See Who's Been Busted
Photos: Season 9 of "Dancing."

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