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Osbourne to dance in US hit show

Kelly Osbourne
Kelly Osbourne recently appeared in the BBC's Hotel Babylon

Kelly Osbourne and Donny Osmond are to take part in the new series of US ballroom show Dancing With The Stars.

Singer Macy Gray, Melissa Joan Hart - former star of TV show Sabrina the Teenage Witch - and pop star Aaron Carter are also in the line-up.

R&B singer Mya along with sporting stars will put their best feet forward when the ABC show starts next month.

The most recent competition, the eighth to date, was won by 17-year-old Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson.

Familiar judges

Osbourne will be the only British-born personality on the programme, following in the footsteps of other UK stars.

Spice Girl Mel B took part in the show in 2007, and was narrowly beaten in the final by Brazilian racing driver Helio Castroneves.

Shawn Johnson and Mark Ballas
Gymnast Shawn Johnson was the most recent winner

Sir Paul McCartney's former wife Heather Mills made it to the sixth week of the competition in an earlier series that year.

Singer Donny Osmond's famous sister Marie has also taken part, finishing in third place.

Another new contestant, actor and comedian Ashley Hamilton, was preceded by his well-known father George in a past series.

The programme, which is based on the UK's Strictly Come Dancing, runs for two series each year.

Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli, who are familiar to Strictly viewers, also act as judges in the US version.

Other contestants on the new series are former supermodel Kathy Ireland, Food Network host Mark Dacascos, ex-American Football player Michael Irvin.

They will be joined by politician Tom DeLay, Olympic swimmer Natalie Coughlin, model Joanna Krupa, actress Debi Mazar and snowboarder Louie Vito.



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