Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012 | 3:31 p.m.
This Is the Moment
Dancing With the Stars
The dramatic duet between our Flamingo headliner Donny Osmond and British singing sensation Susan Boyle was more thrilling than the last-minute duel between Kirstie Alley with Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Bristol Palin with Mark Ballas on Tuesday’s night’s “Dancing With the Stars.”
Donny and Susan’s partnership thrilled millions of viewers coast to coast, and tonight the smaller and lucky audience at Donny & Marie Osmond’s theater in the Flamingo will see and listen to them first-hand.
Susan, the unlikely star of “Britain's Got Talent” in 2009 (she finished as the runner-up), has made no secret of her dream coming true of appearing on the Strip and singing with her childhood idol Donny. Part 1 came true last night, and both come true tonight.
With his right arm wrapped around her shoulder, Donny steadied an emotional Susan as she sang “This Is the Moment,” featured on her new album “Standing Ovation: The Greatest Songs From the Stage” being released Nov. 13. Donny, who also held her hand to calm her nerves, was the Season 9 champion of “DWTS,” and this was Susan’s third appearance on the top-rated ABC series.
The song was co-written by a longtime friend of mine, Leslie Bricusse, who was my first showbiz interview when I was 16 years old. We grew up in Harrow outside London. At the time all those years ago, Leslie was writing the Anthony Newley musical “Stop the World.” His wife Yvonne Romaine, he and I have been longtime friends, and I entertained them on their last visit to Las Vegas.
“This Is the Moment” is the centerpiece song from the musical “Jekyll & Hyde” written by Leslie and composer Frank Wildhorn. Here’s a YouTube video of David Hasselhoff on Broadway playing Dr. Henry Jekyll and Edward Hyde:
It’s believed that Donny and Susan will reprise the number tonight at the Flamingo and at least one other song. Donny is featured on Susan’s CD on two tracks: “All I Ask of You” from “Phantom of the Opera” and “This Is the Moment.” Susan also duets with “Phantom” star Michael Crawford and reprises “Memory” from “Cats,” which she sang in the semifinals of “The X Factor.”
Since there were no dry eyes in the ABC studios during last night’s performance, expect a repeat tonight. Susan flies in today, but Donny had a jet-set race from Hollywood to make it back here for his show with Marie last night. “It’s a crazy busy schedule, but I love it,” he said.
Susan, who has sold more than 18 million albums, said: “I have been a fan of musicals since I was a wee girl. I love them and have enjoyed the drama and the range of emotions they inspire in you. Creating this album was a joy and came very naturally as I knew the songs and could identify with the characters in the studio.
“Recording with Donny on two songs was a dream come true. Working with him was awesome, and I learned so much from him as a performer and a person. Being in the studio with him was without doubt the best day ever -- it wasn’t work!”
On last night’s show, pro dancers Kym Johnson (Donny’s partner when he won the mirrored disco ball in Season 9) and Tristan McManus (who danced with our hometown Empress of Soul Gladys Knight last season) accompanied the duet.
BRISTOL PALIN EXITS
Incidentally, it was Bristol, with 32 points, who was sent home from last night’s show with pro partner Mark, although Kirstie and Maks had scored the lowest with 30 points. Paula Abdul was a guest judge. It’s still a battle at the top between Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough and Gilles Marini with Peta Murgatroyd, both tied at 39.5 points.
This Saturday, Donny will host for the fourth consecutive year his “Champions Run for Life” in Henderson continuing the legacy of the late Las Vegas headliner Danny Gans.
We’ll have a report of our chat with Donny and Senior Editor Don Chareunsy’s coverage of tonight’s Flamingo concert right here at Vegas DeLuxe on Thursday morning.
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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