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“Dancing” loses its DeLay

October 7, 2009

Apparently, battling bug infestations and stubborn members of Congress is easier than making two bum feet do the Cha-cha-cha, as Tom DeLay has bowed out of “Dancing with the Stars.”tom-delay

Of all the contestants on this season’s “Dancing,” DeLay definitely got the most attention when the cast was announced. But it turns out, he may not be missed all that much.

A poll from entertainment website found that 68 percent of respondents are not sad to see DeLay leave “Dancing.”

DeLay, a former bug exterminator and U.S. House of Representatives majority leader, said on Tuesday’s show that he is leaving because of stress fractures in both feet. “Dancing” is notorious for inflicting injuries on its cast members, inspiring talk that the show suffers from a “curse.” In truth, it’s just a program that demands a lot from cast members, who often come in physically unprepared.

It doesn’t look as if DeLay, whose nicknames over the years have included “Hot Tub Tom” and “The Hammer,” is leaving with any hard feelings. When he joined the program, his professional dancing partner, Cheryl Burke, teased the Republican DeLay by saying, “Tom is very conservative, so a lot of hip shaking is not up his alley.”

But speaking to US Weekly magazine after DeLay announced his departure, Burke said, “He taught me that politicians can dance!”

DeLay jokingly lamented, “I haven’t made her a conservative yet!”

With such deft tact, you can’t say DeLay’s lost his political skills.

(Photo: Courtesy ABC)


What was Delay, a Republican doing on a show that promotes the arts? Pathetic…it demonstrates that our country still acts like a bunch of jackasses.

Posted by csodak | Report as abusive

Thats right,

You have the right to act like a jackass or a saint or do whatever even dance,


Just ask KAYNE WEST, I bet he dont care

Posted by Ian | Report as abusive

I’m loving the fact he got picked up godbless..


As far as his dancing, I give him credit for making it this far.


Thats right….you are free to express yourself in this country…be anything you want

Its called Freedom of Expression…

You can ask Kayne West about it if you dont belive.

Posted by Ian | Report as abusive

I think it was neat that a major politician chose to be on “DWTS”! I have loved the show since it first came on and it’s appeal is that it attracts “stars” from all walks of life. It’s never good when the contestants are injured, and I and my husband especially hate that Cheryl won’t be dancing anymore this season. She is such an awesome dancer and she is just gorgeous too! She can make anyone look like a great dancer!


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