VIDEO: DWTS Premiere: Tom DeLay — Wild Thing?

Dancing With The Stars’ live, three-night premiere kicked off Monday, and former House of Representatives majority leader Tom Delay stole the show, cutting up the ballroom to The Troggs’ Wild Thing with partner Cheryl Burke.

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Introduced as “arguably the highest ranking star we’ve ever had,” DeLay, clad in a retro brown-getup unseen since the the days of Three’s Company, hammed it up for the estimated audience of 17 million viewers.

The judges were not necessarily impressed, but definitely entertained: Bruno Tonioli told DeLay he was “crazier than Sarah Palin, while Len Goodman said, “Some parts were magic, some parts were tragic.”

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Burke, a two-time DWTS champion, said that while Delay might not be in pristine physical condition, his charm and determination make the conservative Republican a partner she can win with.

The three-episode DWTS premiere continues Tuesday and Wednesday at 8/7c on ABC.

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