Donny Osmond is the early favorite to win the new season of “Dancing With The Stars,” when it returns on ABC  in September. Polls by TV Guide and AOL both tabbed the entertainer who headlines a 16-celebrity field, the largest in the history of the competition.

The most interesting name is former Republican Majority Leader Tom DeLay, 62.

Other hopefuls include singers Mya, Macy Gray and Aaron Carter; actors Melissa Joan Hart, Debi Mazar and Ashley Hamilton (son of George); models Joanna Krupa and Kathy Ireland; reality stars Kelly Osbourne and Mark Dacascos (“the Chairman” on Food Network’s “Iron Chef America”); mixed martial artist Chuck Liddell; professional snowboarder Louie Vito; Olympic swimmer Natalie Coughlin; and former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Irvin.