Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Donny Osmond: I'm Going to Kiss Carrie Ann Next!

Donny Osmond knows the 7 Bruno Tonioli gave him on Monday's Dancing with the Stars was not the score for their make-out session. "That was just for the rumba," Osmond tells TVGuide.com. "When I walked out at the beginning of Tuesday's show, he waved his hand at me and I waved right back." Hand-waving may be all Tonioli gets these days since the 51-year-old entertainer has his eyes on another judge. Learn why Osmond's gunning for Carrie Ann Inaba, whether sister Marie — with whom he headlines a Las Vegas show— has given him advice, and more.


Donny Osmond is 'Dancing' for Your Dollars

Donny Osmond is 'Dancing' for Your Dollars
Copyright 2009 Adam Larkey / ABC

Donny Osmond is asking his fans and his "Dancing with the Stars" supporters to take it one step further and lend their support to a cause close to his heart.

Donny has launched "Dancing for Miracles," an online fundraising campaign for Children's Miracle Network, an international non-profit that raises funds for children's hospitals. The fundraising campaign will last as long as Donny remains in the competition with his professional partner, Kym Johnson.

"Children's Miracle Network is an organization I have always believed in," Donny said. "I know my supporters will be willing to help a cause that reaches children in every community. I'll keep dancing, if they'll keep raising funds for the 17 million children treated each year at Children's Miracle Network hospitals."

Supporters are asked to visit Donny.com, where they can make a one-time donation, or pledge an amount for every week Donny continues to dance. All of the money raised will benefit Children's Miracle Network hospitals across the United States.

The Osmonds have been involved with the Children's Miracle Network since its inception in 1983. The charity, which began as a telethon broadcast from the Osmond Studios, has since grown into an international non-profit organization, which has raised more than $3.8 billion for children's hospitals over the past 26 years.

But donors get more than the joy of giving. There is also the possibility of winning a trip for two to Las Vegas, NV, to see Donny and Marie perform at the Flamingo Las Vegas. Complete rules and regulations are available at Donny.com. No purchase or donation is necessary to enter or win.

"Dancing with the Stars" airs Monday and Tuesday nights on ABC.


Saturday, October 10, 2009

Olive Osmond's Cabin

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Don’s ‘Dancing’ Debrief

Three weeks of Dancing With The Stars, and I’ve been interviewed every Tuesday on 101.5 The Eagle (Utah-based Country Radio) to share my thoughts about the show. I was a little apprehensive to the invitation the first time, but these interviews are getting better with practice.

I kinda find it funny that they’ve even got my picture plastered up on the radio’s Web site. I suppose this is a regular gig now. (That’s the reasoning behind the picture attached to this blog posting.)


Paula Abdul Judges 'Dancing with the Stars' From the Sidelines

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Paula Abdul may not be on the judging panel, but that won't stop her from voicing her opinion. She had a front row seat next to Lance Bass Monday night at "Dancing with the Stars." ET's special correspondent Marie Osmond caught up with the former "American Idol" judge after the show to chat about her favorite performance of the night.

Her days of criticizing Simon Cowell are behind her, but the "Dancing" panel is fresh blood for Paula. She told Marie, "I don't understand the scoring system. I think things were a little blurry and out of whack tonight."

She expressed her support for Mark Dacascos and his partner Lacey Schwimmer. She said, "I think to set the stage, this was one of the best numbers I've seen and I'm going on record saying that."

Is Paula interested in competing on a future season of "Dancing with the Stars?" She expressed concern that if she were partnered with Maksim Chmerkovskiy, he would make fun of her dance technique from her background in cheerleading.

The singer and dancer called Donny Osmond "delusional" after witnessing his on-camera smooch with judge Bruno Tonioli. She said of the duo, they "were like peanut butter and jelly tonight."


Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Donny & Marie

Look what's listed on Amazon.co.uk with a November 9th release date.

DonSense: If at first you don't succeed ...

If at first you don't succeed ...

...then skydiving is definitely not for you. But, if you choose other adventures, go for it!

For the past few months, I competed in a worldwide blogger's competition to become the official blogger for an Antarctica expedition. Talk about the chance of a lifetime! I've never been that far south.


Monday, October 05, 2009

Olive Osmond's Cabin & New Family History Book Released

Alan has sent along this message:

To see Olive's cabin which will be ready to dedicate May 2-3rd, 2010, in Samaria, Idaho, visit:



Soon the color booklet called "Davis. . . the Other Half of the Osmond Family" will be available for purchase on AMAZON.COM. We'll post details as they become available.




Friday, October 02, 2009

Chris is going on a mission...

This is just for a tribute to Chris and his decision to go on an LDS mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He just turned in his papers to find out where the Lord would have him go... and we're all awaiting the news of when and where he will be serving. I know that he will do a great job and I know that God will bless him for his efforts. Here is a taste of what he will teach. Good Luck Bro and I know that you'll do a great job.

Chris is going on a mission... Part II

He received his call and he is going to be serving for the next two years in the Belgium Brussels/Netherlands mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints!

Good luck Chris, You'll be an amazing missionary!

Brandon Osmond Photography

Uncle Jay's CD Cover

Brandon Osmond Photography

I know this was a while ago but this is the first time I got to sit down and search for online and talk about it. So a couple of months ago I got to do this shoot for my Uncle Jay and I just thought Id share it with you.

It was fun we had the drumsticks hanging from the ceiling and green screened the whole shoot. Thanks for a fun shoot Uncle Jay!

Hearing-impaired conference set - Justin Osmond

WILKES-BARRE – On Oct. 22, Genetti Hotel & Convention Center will again become the noisy hub championing the needs of those who live in silence, as the Luzerne Intermediate Unit holds its second large-scale conference for professionals and family who deal with the hearing impaired.

Dubbed “Hear Now and Forever 2009,” the conference will run from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and will feature keynote speaker Kris English, author and president of the American Academy of Audiology. Also appearing will be guest speaker Kathy Buckley, who has acted on TV and off-Broadway and is billed as “America’s first hearing impaired comedienne.”

“We’ll have over 200 people coming,” said Sue Zerfoss, LIU oral/auditory program director. “We held the last one in spring and missed the college students. This time we’re holding it in fall.”

Bloomsburg University has already signed up to bring about 50 students, and Misericordia University is also sending a group.

Zerfoss and the LIU began the conference idea with a mini-version of the upcoming one back in 2005 at Dallas Middle School with guest speaker Sue Thomas, a short, silver-haired woman who was profoundly deaf since she was 18 months old and had built a successful career as a motivational speaker.

In May 2008, the idea grew up as the conference moved to Genetti’s and included more exhibitors and some workshops. Justin Osmond, the severely hearing-impaired son of singer Merrill Osmond from the Osmond Brothers, was guest speaker and set out to prove not being able to hear doesn’t mean you can’t perform music, as he played a song on his violin.

Zerfoss said the change from spring to autumn has made a big difference in the diversity of those registering this year, with more college students and professors signing up.

Continuing Professional Development Credits for state-certified teachers – more commonly known as “Act 48 credits” – are also available upon request.

The full conference on Oct. 22 will include more than 20 exhibitors who sell products or provide services or training in the field. Cost for the whole day is $75, but those interested in only hearing Buckley can get in from noon to 3 p.m. for $30.

Registration deadline is Oct. 12. Forms are available online at www.liu18.org, or by calling (570) 718-4692


It’s ‘Dancing With the Scars’ for Donny and Kym


Donny Osmond and Kym Johnson
Photo: Jana Cruder/ABC TV

After two weeks of live telecasts and six weeks of preliminary rehearsals, our Flamingo headliner Donny Osmond describes the experience of dancing with professional partner Kym Johnson as “a roller coaster of emotion and excitement.”

So much so that he’s retitled the ABC hit “Dancing With the Scars,” and he revealed: “I’ve used that line on more than one occasion, but with the reality of it being oh-so-true, I can’t count how many times Kym and I have been injured on the dance floor.”

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

To read the remainder of this story, go to VegasDeLuxe.com

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Famous Family Nights #1

Alan Osmond and his niece Amy Osmond are both contributors in Deseret Book's #1 bestselling book about Family Home Evening.

Famous Family Nights contains essays by Alan, Amy, our blog editor Lu Ann Staheli, and over 60 other well-known artists, authors, musicians, etc. from the LDS community and is filled with great ideas for ALL families.

To see the #1 status and to learn more about the book, follow this link:


Kym Johnson’s DWTS Diary: How I Got Donny Osmond to Wear Velvet

Hi, everyone! Welcome to the sixth week of my OK! Dancing with the Stars blog! Well, as you all know, this week, Donny and I got a score of 25 out of 30 for a third place for our jive. Only Mya and Aaron Carter scored more, with 27 points each. I was so happy with our performance! Donny was, too, and told me he didn’t want the dance to end.

Monday night, we just wanted to have fun after working really hard for three days on the dance. Donny was drained by the end of rehearsals because it’s such a fast dance and of course he still had to do his Las Vegas show this week as usual. We did the hard work in rehearsals, and then came to the ballroom to enjoy it. It really paid off. I wasn’t sure what the judges were going to say, though. We had a guest judge in Baz Luhrmann and you never know how they are going to react. When the judges starting talking, though, all our doubts disappeared. Donny said it was like a weight being taken off his shoulders hearing all the praise.

I decided to have Donny wear a velvet suit for the dance, which was a bit of a gamble. I mean, doing the most energetic dance there is in velvet? Donny thought I made the right decision because he looked smart, but backstage, he admitted he was sweating bullets because it doesn’t breathe very well. Meanwhile, I loved my towering white boots, which were custom-made by the DWTS wardrobe department. That’s the first time they’ve had to make boots specifically for the show and they’re very elaborate with boning in the sides. I want to keep them! I don’t know if they’ll let me.

While I chose our costumes, the producers selected our music, “Secret Agent Man.” We originally were going to go for more of an Austin Powers theme, but since the judges criticized us a little for being too theatrical last week, we decided to tone it down and do more of a straight jive—but with a little ‘60s throwback vibe.

Me and Donny in Dress Rehearsal

Me and Donny in Dress Rehearsal

I put together some 1960s choreography, and then in one of the rehearsals, Donny’s son Don suggested we put in that John Travolta, Pulp Fiction inspired V-sign move. Don looks like the spitting image of his father and he can take credit for that, as judge Bruno Tonioli praised us for the Travolta touch!

We weren’t disappointed at being behind Mya and Aaron, because we improved and the show is about improving each week.

I enjoyed having a fellow Aussie, Baz Luhrmann, as a guest judge this week. He’s one of the best things to come out of Australia. Of course he wouldn’t know this because my part was so small, but I was actually a dancing “extra” on his movie Strictly Ballroom when I was just 13 years old. I didn’t know at the time it would become such a huge hit movie—and there we both were again on Dancing with the Stars.

Me, LaToya and Donny!

Me, LaToya and Donny!

Last week, as my blog photo shows, it was cool meeting LaToya Jackson, who is covering the show for TV and was in the audience. Donny has known all the Jackson family members for years; the two incredible family singing groups have stayed friends.

Well, hope you all keep watching and voting and I’ll talk to you next week!

Dancing with the Stars pro Kym Johnson has teamed up with OK! to update you every week on the triumphs and travails as she attempts to turn her celeb partner Donny Osmond into a ballroom champion!