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  • The Farr Side: Compelling field for ‘Dancing With The Stars’

  • This season of “Dancing With The Stars” is perhaps the most intriguing yet. The cast of celebrities encompasses just about every facet of the entertainment industry, including the political arena.

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  • This season of “Dancing With The Stars” is perhaps the most intriguing yet. The cast of celebrities encompasses just about every facet of the entertainment industry, including the political arena.
    I tried not to get too involved with Season 9, but with stars like Macy Gray, Mya, Donny Osmond, Chuck Liddell and Tom DeLay competing for the trophy, how could I not watch?
    DeLay’s participation should have shocked me, but it didn’t. He wasn’t doing anything different than what he was doing as the Republican House Majority Leader. Didn’t he just twist and turn his way about the House floor to get what he wanted? Would it matter what kind of floor he was on? He’s still vying for votes.
    Despite having stress fractures in both feet, DeLay did manage to perform on Monday night’s show against the wishes of doctors and producers. He and partner Cheryl Burke sported red-white-and-blue garb complete with elephant emblems for their rumba. He chose to bow out of the competition during Tuesday’s elimination show.
    It’s a good roster of celebrities this season, some with two left feet, parading around the dance floor. Representing the guys along with Osmond, Liddell and DeLay are Aaron Carter, Michael Irvin, Ashley Hamilton, Louie Vito and Mark Dacasco.
    DeLay was a surprise, but so is Liddell, a mixed martial artist and ultimate fighting champion. He is probably the contestant most out of his comfort zone. Surprisingly, he’s doing OK, although his facial expressions are most suited for the paso doble. He’s intense.
    I figured Osmond would do well, I just didn’t know how well. At 51, he’s still quite the showman.
    As for the ladies, I’m all about Mya. She’s one of my favorites so far because she makes it look effortless. Her beauty, grace, and work ethic rival that of Kristi Yamaguchi, and Mya’s not an athlete.
    Kelly Osbourne, daughter of rocker Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, might be my other favorite.
    Osbourne seemed out of place at first because of her tomboy image — until she stepped on the floor for the first time. She shocked America, and her parents, too, I believe. Everybody seemed to be in awe, including me. The look on her face said it all after that first dance. It was a combination of “Whew, I’m glad that’s over” and “Did I just do that?”
    Joining Mya, Osbourne and Gray are Kathy Ireland, Natalie Coughlin, Debi Mazar (who was eliminated Tuesday), Melissa Joan Hart and Joanna Krupa.
    Gray, who was eliminated first, was probably the most out of place among the women celebrities. I love her music and style, but a ballroom dancer she is not. I’m happy she had a good first night, so the experience wasn’t a total loss for her.
    Page 2 of 2 - The biggest female threats to Mya and Osbourne are Olympic Gold medalist Coughlin and model Krupa. Coughlin has that improvement distinction each week, while Krupa strives for perfection.
    David T. Farr is a correspondent for the Sturgis Journal in Sturgis, Mich. E-mail him at farrboy@hotmail.com.

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