September 07, 2012 10:00 AM by Veronica Dudo
Donny Osmond is celebrating 50 years in the entertainment industry! The season nine winner of the ABC reality TV series, Dancing with the Stars has done it all from recording dozens of albums to performing concerts, appearing in films, hosting television and radio shows and even starring on Broadway. Osmond talks about the upcoming season of Dancing with the Stars which will feature an all-star cast, his lasting presence in show business and his 60th album!
During the past five decades, Osmond has sold over 100 million records. At the age of five, Osmond made his first appearance on The Andy Williams Show melting the hearts of many singing, “You Are My Sunshine.” Throughout the 1960′s he and his four older brothers gained popularity as The Osmonds.
Sister, Marie also made appearances with her brothers. Osmond received 33 gold records–18 before the age of 13. In the 1970′s Osmond’s solo career took off and he became a teen idol.
Donny and Marie hosted a weekly television variety series, The Donny & Marie Show from 1976 to 1979. The brother-sister duo joined forces again to host a national talk show in the late 1990′s.
Osmond appeared in Disney’s Broadway production of Beauty and The Beast. He also played the title role in the North American production of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
In 2009, Osmond competed on the reality series Dancing with the Stars and won the coveted mirror ball trophy.
Through the years you’ve performed in every medium including television, film, Broadway, concerts and on the radio. Do you have a favorite?
Well, I don’t know–I like to do it all! I like to jump around. As a matter of fact after this, I get back to do my radio show, then I’m going to record a little for my next album before the show starts–that album by the way is going to be my 60th album–so I like to do it all. It’s hard to beat live entertaining because you get that immediate reaction from the crowd so that’s probably my favorite.
When will you be releasing your 60th album?
I’m hoping next year. It’s just a matter of getting it done; I don’t want to rush it because it’s such an earmark year and album for me. 50 years in the business next year and 60th album so I want to take my time and do it right.
In 2009, you won Dancing with the Stars, what was that experience like for you?
I’m still recovering (laughs) and I rub it in Marie’s face as often as I can. It was probably one of the greatest experiences of my career because I don’t think I’ve ever worked as hard as I did on that show for an award and to get that mirror ball trophy–and I got it!
Did you want to be involved in the all-star season?
They started calling me back in March to be a part of it and there’s just no way I can do it! There’s only so much blood in my veins with the 60th album and the holiday tour and the big arena tour over in the UK coming up in January; I got to get all that stuff ready in the fall so there would be no way to compete and there’s just no time. But, they are talking about me coming on there and performing so we’ll see.
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