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DWTS’ Season 9 combination: Donny Osmond, Chuck Liddell

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Donny and Marie Osmond entertain the crowd at the Showroom at the Flamingo, where they’re playing a six-month gig. He knows the audience wants the old favorites, and she indulges a recent interest in opera.

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Chuck Liddell arrives a Planet Hollywood for his post-UFC 100 party wearing flip-flop sandals.

He’s a little bit country. He’s a little bit knock-you-out.

Flamingo headliner Donny Osmond was confirmed this morning on ABC’s “Good Morning America” to be among 16 celebrity contestants on the upcoming season of “Dancing With the Stars.” Among those joining him are former UFC champ and Las Vegas nightclub frequenter Chuck Liddell.

Osmond’s involvement in the show has long been expected. Marie Osmond told the audience at the Flamingo on Wednesday night that Donny was all but certain to join the cast. He would be the second Osmond to appear on the show; Marie is a former “DWTS” contestant, placing third in Season 5.

Season 9 premieres Sept. 21 on ABC.

In a news release, Liddell sounded as if he is entering a title bout.

“I want to win,” Liddell told UFC.com. “I don’t like losing in anything, so I’ll work as hard as they’ll let me. I’m gonna go out, be myself and show what kind of people we do have in this sport. I’m sure the reaction will be mixed (among fight fans). My friends are gonna be excited, and I’ll never hear the end of it because they’ll make fun of me, but it should be fun, and I think everyone will like it.”

The remainder of the Season 9 cast is former Texas Rep. Tom DeLay (the former majority leader in the House of Representatives); former Dallas Cowboys wideout Michael Irvin; vocalists Mya, Macy Gray and Aaron Carter; actress Melissa Joan Hart; former supermodel and current furniture and fashion designer Kathy Ireland; model Joanna Krupa; Kelly Osbourne (formerly of the reality-TV sensation “The Osbournes”); professional snowboarder Louie Vito; Olympic swimming gold medalist Natalie Coughlin; Mark Dacascos of Food Network’s “Iron Chef America”; and actors Debi Mazar and Ashley Hamilton (the son of film icon George Hamilton).

The cast was revealed this morning in Times Square by “DWTS” host Tom Bergeron. He also said a three-week, double-elimination round has been added to the middle of the season. Samantha Harris is back as his co-host. Ballroom dance judge Len Goodman and choreographer-dancers Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba will be the judges.

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