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Monday, Nov. 16, 2009 | 10:02 a.m.
For the first time, Flamingo headliner Donny Osmond has revealed that it is difficult for his wife Debbie to watch him in the arms of “another woman” on Dancing With the Stars, the other woman being his pro partner Kym Johnson.
“It’s tough on her,” he told fans. “It’s difficult for Debbie to watch. There is no concern on her part nor need there be, but to see me dancing romantically in the arms of another woman is just difficult for her, especially when Kym is wearing those flimsy pieces of fabric that looks like there’s nothing there. She’s dealing with it, and I tell her when I’m out there, it’s just the same as if I was acting a role.”
Each couple in tonight’s semifinal will have to tackle a ballroom and Latin number they haven’t performed. The third dance is the dance-off routine they prepared in the double-elimination episodes from which they escaped.
Donny revealed that tonight, Kym and he will perform the samba, tango and jitterbug, which he predicts will be their knockout dance.
“The tango will be the serious dance, but we will have so much fun with the jitterbug. I can hardly wait for that one. We’re going to dance the samba to ‘One Bad Apple.’ I’m taking out insurance on my hips in case we come too close to that floor.
“So far the worst dance for us has been the quickstep. It was the hardest because I had the flu. Our favorite dance was the Viennese waltz last week, and the ’80s glam rock paso doble was the most fun dance, even though most people didn’t like the outfit.
“I’ve lost somewhere between 15 and 20 pounds doing the show. I’m not getting anywhere near enough sleep. I am so tired, but the dancing does keep you healthy because it makes you sweat all the bad out. There hasn’t been a week that something hasn’t gone pop in my body. It all feels like a 10-week dance marathon where we haven’t stopped once. I want to win, and Kym has come up with an incredible number so we can go all out if we get into the finals.
“What a week this has been. … It’s quite unbelievable we’re still on ‘ Dancing,’ my new single is playing all over the country, and my new album will be released first of the New Year. I finally got to meet Susan Boyle. She was shooting a TV special for the U.K. while she was in Los Angeles. What a sweet lady. She and I sang some of my old songs together because, as you know, that’s how she started out, singing to my music. We had a nice chat, and we’ve both agreed to try to do something together. “
Donny said the Tuesday night results show is the worst part of the hit ABC series.
“All if us get very nervous. We all support each other backstage. It was hard to see Aaron go last week -- we will miss him. My mother had a great attitude and always said ‘endure to the end’ -- and that’s how I’m handling each week on the show. My father had a great work ethic and said, ‘Anything worth doing is worth doing well.’ They walked the walk and talked the talk, so I hear those words through every day of rehearsals, all the long hours practicing and on show days. Remember we’re still doing our show at the Flamingo, as well, four nights a week!”
While Donny has been working with sister Marie at the Flamingo, Kym after their rehearsal days here has been using the evenings to prepare for the dances she’ll perform on Broadway starting Nov. 29 in Burn the Floor, where she’ll co-star with DWTS favorite Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who was the choreographer for part of Le Reve at the Wynn.
“She is so excited about it,” Donny said. “She’s wanted to be in show business ever since she was 3 years old, and Broadway was always her dream. She toured for six years in the Burn the Floor show, and now because of all the increased attention on dancing, it finally gets to New York with new routines and staging.”
He returned to the subject of Debbie: “My wife has always been the stabilizing factor in helping me endure and survive the roller coaster of 46 years in showbiz. Whenever I’ve been beaten up, you have to be able to fall back on the right foundations. You go back to the family, and Debbie has always been there for my strength and stability.”
Experts are predicting that our other Las Vegas favorite Kelly Osbourne is going to be axed tomorrow, so Donny and Kym will be in the finals against Mya and Dmitry Chaplin and Joanna Krupa and Derek Hough, who I must correct attended our Las Vegas Academy but graduated in England.
We’ll tweet as the remaining four couples compete tonight and then post our spoiler-alert story with the judges’ scores after the live broadcast to the East Coast. The finals are Nov. 24.
Meantime, Derek’s sister Julianne Hough, who did graduate from Las Vegas Academy, said last week when she attended DWTS that she might return for another season.
The pro dancer turned country singer and actress told Access Hollywood correspondent LaToya Jackson: “It feels weird to be here and not actually be dancing, but it was fun to watch. … I don’t know when I’m going to be back. I’m sure I’ll be back, though.”
Julianne, who announced her split with country singer Chuck Wicks last week, will be seen in next year’s Burlesque starring alongside Christina Aguilera, Cher, Cam Gigandet and Stanley Tucci. She’s rumored to be starring in the Footloose remake with Gossip Girl hunk Chace Crawford.
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.
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