Celebrity interview: Donny Osmond

Donny Osmond is making the most of his time in teh showbiz limelight.
Donny Osmond is making the most of his time in teh showbiz limelight.
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As he brings his hit Stateside show to British shores, former teen idol Donny Osmond is busier than ever.

In fact, he says he will never tire of showbiz.

Seeing Osmond now, aged 55 and on a UK tour, it’s hard to think that his career has had any difficult moments, but it has.

“It’s no secret that I lost my career in the Eighties so I worked very hard to get it back,” he says. “And second time around you know what it’s like when things do slip away. I really don’t want it to happen again. There are some big lessons, and that was a bad time of my life.”

There are new fans as well as old at the Osmond party as it is tours the country, thanks to his and sister Marie’s Vegas show.

They’ve been performing there five nights a week since June 2010 and are finally bringing the show to the UK.

“I love the UK and always have, but I haven’t been able to get here as often as I’d have liked over the past few years,” he says.

Britain’s Got Talent winner Susan Boyle is joining Osmond and his sister on stage for some of the tour.

He first saw Boyle on Britain’s Got Talent and immediately became a fan.

“Since we recorded together last year, my regard for her has only grown.”

As well as duets throughout the show, Donny and Marie are also singing their solo hits, including her Paper Roses and his Puppy Love.

“That song!” he says, smiling. “Once upon a time I would’ve said I’d sung it too many times. I hated it at one time. But now? I’d say I haven’t sung it enough. There are some Osmonds songs on this tour too - Love Me For A Reason, Crazy Horses and things - plus some special stuff happening on big video screens behind us.”

Between 1976 and 1979 Donny and Marie hosted their own variety show on US TV, simply called Donny And Marie. Before that The Osmonds had been one of the 70s’ most popular bands, so it’s understandable that Donny and the rest of the family go hand in hand.

“I’ll be walking down the street and someone will say ‘Hi, where’s Marie?’ and I reply ‘I don’t know.’ We’re not in each other’s pockets, she has her life in Vegas, I have mine in Utah and we only really see each other on stage,” he says.

“Don’t get me wrong, we’re close, but us Osmonds don’t live in some big compound, like The Monkees. We have our big family Christmases and Thanksgivings and so on, but believe it or not, we aren’t all joined at the hip.”

Donny and Marie will be in Nottingham on January 27 and Liverpool on February 2.

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