Donny Osmond

In this special one-on-one interview with Dr. Phil, entertainer Donny Osmond opens up about the incredible highs and crushing lows of childhood fame and the pressure to be perfect under the glaring lights of show business. Plus, Donny receives a surprise visit and performance from his idol: music legend Stevie Wonder.

The Pressure to be Perfect


 

 

 
Donny Osmond broke into show business at 5 years old singing on the Andy Williams Show — and by the 1970’s, his solo career had skyrocketed with the hits “Go Away Little Girl” and “Puppy Love.” He next paired up with little sister, Marie, for four seasons of The Donny and Marie Show. Donny struggled making the leap from teen idol to adult pop star, and for most of the 80's, he went off the grid. It was the 1989 hit “Soldier of Love” that put him back on the charts. The song climbed to number two. Donny won new fans when he won season nine of Dancing with the Stars. Today, Donny has a number one single on the country charts from his latest CD, Donny and Marie. He's also headlining a nightly Las Vegas show with Marie. And this summer, he'll be a grandfather to four.

Donny joins the show, and Dr. Phil asks him about the center of his family — his wife Debbie. Donny says that when he and Debbie were married in 1978, his fans refused to accept that he was no longer an eligible bachelor and burned his albums in protest.

Donny reveals intimate details from his Dancing with the Stars days. “My wife called that the ‘You Can Sleep on the Couch Dance.’”

Dr. Phil reads from Donny’s autobiography, Life Is What You Make It: My Life So Far, in stores now. He writes, “With success came an ever-growing burden of responsibility. I lived with a near-constant low-level anxiety that I would make a mistake that would not only threaten my career, but also my brothers' — not to mention the livelihoods of many people who work with us or for us.”

“That’s a lot of pressure for a little kid,” Dr. Phil tells Donny.

“There was a lot of dependency on that little Donny Osmond kid,” he says.
1 of 3