Dream Casting: Donny Osmond on 'Dancing with the Stars'

94331__donny_lMy father and uncle are politicians in Pennsylvania, so I know they’ll be proud to hear that I’m running a campaign… to get Donny Osmond on Dancing with the Stars. Why, after 31 years, do I heed the family call to public service? Because last night, I watched The Best of Donny & Marie: Volume 1 DVD (in stores Nov. 7, but already on EW’s giveaway table last week!),  and I finally have an issue I feel strongly about: Watching Donny do the rhumba would be hot.

Trust me, the man has it in him. (I’m talking about a fun, flirtacious Emmitt Smith-style rhumba here, by the way, not a faux-sexual Joey Lawrence one.) You’ll be a believer, too, after seeing these two hours of highlights, handpicked by Donny, from the late ’70s variety show. The guy has the moves (even on ice skates or stilts); the tolerance for bad stage clothes (at one point, he’s wearing a suit covered in peacock feathers); and the willingness to be around lesser stars (Joey Travolta costars in a Grease parody, where they sing about "sludge"). Sign him up, ABC! He’s also charming when he screws up (Charo can’t stop giggling when he has to go backstage to fetch a prop during their funeral sketch), and he can keep it together through a wardrobe malfunction (in this case, Marie’s).

Who’s with me?

addCredit(“Osmond Family Show: Everett Collection”)

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  • Ed

    I am loving Marie’s dress in that picture, especially the red!
    As for Donny being on DWTS, I think it’s a good suggestion! Maybe his partner could be Valerie Cherish?

  • Scott

    Did you see Donny busting his White & Nerdy groove in the new Weird Al video? He’d be hilarious on DWTS.

  • JillyRo

    And they called it, puppy love…and yowza did I have a HUGE crush on Donny when I was kid!!!
    I’d love to see Donny on DWTS! Seems like such a great guy, always smiling, grew up on TV, yet still sane and relatively low-profile. It would be SO CUTE to see his lookalike sons in the audience cheering him on.

  • Lamb

    If Donny was on I would watch every single delicious moment!

  • RBlues

    OH MY GOSH!!! Donny Osmond was my first crush–I was gonna marry him (I was about 7 years old at the time). To this day, purple is still my favorite color.
    I would love to see him next season–he’s still as handsome as ever!

  • mon

    Yea, I’m surprised Mandi didn’t mention his hilarious and pretty good dance turn in Weird Al’s White and Nerdy video. He’s good! Get him on there. I just saw him on the street in nyc last month and he was getting mobbed! Dude’s still got it.

  • Nick

    Don was so excellent in the WHITE & NERDY video that I didn’t even know it was him. Once I figured that out, I couldn’t stop watching him.
    He has certainly embraced his inner kitsch, and the man has no shame in flaunting it. And that, by itself, makes him cool.

  • Deana

    When I was a teenager, I had huge crushes on Donny Osmond and David Cassidy. They are older than my high school sweetheart, but today they look so much younger. Heh!

  • Chazz

    Get Michelle Kwan on DWTS. She’ll be the country to Donnie’s rock’n’roll.

  • suzzysnet

    That would rock to have Donny on DWTS!! I also had a huge crush on him and saw him at the Minnesota State Fair when I was a kid. And yes, purple is still my favorite color. I have watched White & Nerdy so many times just to see his HILARIOUS nerd dance with Al…brilliant!

  • brandonk

    That picture…they were like the White Stripes of the 70s, huh? Brother, sister, husband and wife? Who knows? It’s a mystery!

  • Karoline

    In some attempt at bizarre sweeps stunt casting, Donny Osmond appeared on ‘All My Children’ today. The guy has barely aged. Scary.

  • Ms Daisy

    For all us gals that went through our teeny-bopper crushes on Donny, it’s a bit disconcerting to know that he is now a grandfather. Boy do I feel old!
    I think Donny would be a great addition to the next installment of DWTS. I’d vote for hime!

  • Jennifer

    I loved Donny in the Weird Al video. Give the man his props!

  • Vicki

    I so would watch AND vote if Donny were on DWTS. How can we make this happen?

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