'Dancing' star Tom DeLay: I'd probably kill somebody on 'Big Brother'
By Christopher Rocchio, 09/23/2009
While Tom DeLay has no problems two-stepping on Dancing with the Stars, he apparently wouldn't be able to handle being secluded in the Big Brother house.
"I'd probably end up killing somebody on Big Brother," DeLay told The New York Times in a Tuesday report.
The indicted former House Majority Leader made his Dancing with the Stars debut on Monday as a ninth-season celebrity participant, and he admitted it's helping him connect with a side of his personality the conservative Texas Republican never knew existed.
"I'm being more feminine and a little prissy," he told The Times. "I am not gay even though I have on heels and sparkles and want a disco-ball trophy."
While his professional partner Cheryl Burke is the one who encouraged him to embrace his "feminine side," DeLay said it hasn't been easy.
"My brain is telling my hips, 'We don't do that.' It's not like a speech or a press conference. This is exposing your soul," he told The Times.
"At the beginning, I told Cheryl, 'No rhinestones, no frilly shirts and no pink.' Well, it didn't take Cheryl two seconds to put rhinestones on me. And she swears she's going to put ruffles on me for the tango -- probably pink."
DeLay and Burke performed a cha-cha-cha routine during Monday night's performance episode, for which they received 16 out of 30 possible points from the show's judges. They then received four points for their fourth-place finish in their four-couple team's performance of a 30-second relay dance -- which was a Viennese waltz -- giving them a total of 20 out of 40 possible points and placing them towards the bottom of the pack.
Despite the not-so-great scores, DeLay said he's happy with the opportunity Dancing with the Stars is providing him.
"I'm very excited for people to see the real Tom DeLay," he told The Times.
In addition, DeLay said the pre-stress fracture he suffered during rehearsals was giving him some problems after his Monday night performances.
"It swole up a little bit," he told The Times. "The doctor says to keep icing it."
Although DeLay will need all the home viewer votes he can get to help stave of elimination, he said he's not aggressively campaigning for their votes.
"Nothing complicated," he told The Times when asked about his strategy to secure votes. "Twitter. Facebook. My daughter taught me how to tweet."