Teen Idols. We all had one. My mom’s teen idol was Elvis Presley. My nieces? Justin Bieber. And for me? Donny Osmond!
So you can imagine my surprise when Evine approached me to launch a show on the network called Donny Osmond Home and that I would be presenting with the one-and-only, Donny Osmond! I would be meeting and working with my teen crush! Surreal to say the least.
Have you heard of Tiger Beat Magazine? It is a teen fan magazine and back in my teenage years this glossy magazine kept me up-to-date on my favorite celebrities with stories, teen quizzes, and of course, posters to hang on your bedroom walls! I had it bad, real bad, for the guy who sang “Puppy Love.” I knew his favorite color was purple so it became my favorite color too! My mom painted my bedroom walls purple and I had purple carpet as well. Thanks mom!
We launched Donny Osmond Home on April 9th and it was a great success. Donny is as charming and nice as you would imagine him to be – he really is the real deal. The products were beautiful and the customers love him. It was easy to see his passion for quality, home, and family. I loved everything about the show, but the highlight for me was when Donny Osmond danced with me and sang “Puppy Love” on-air. Can you believe it?!?!
Recently during the Las Vegas JCK jewelry show and live remote for Evine in June, I had the chance to see Donny again! We were able to attend the Donny & Marie show at the Flamingo Hotel & Casino and I had the unbelievable opportunity to interview Donny backstage for a behind-the-scenes segment on Facebook. We started our visit in Donny’s dressing room to get a firsthand look at where he prepares for the show. His dressing room is filled with mementos and really shows his personality. What an experience! If that wasn’t enough, Donny then gave me a tour of the stage where the show is performed. I was on stage with Donny Osmond! We reenacted the show’s opening number….Donny and I walked down the stairs together singing “It Takes Two.” The Donny & Marie show has been in Vegas for nine years now and I can see why. They work so well together on stage and every song brings back so many fun memories.
Teen crushes are great. What is really amazing is when you get to meet that person and they turn out to be kind, genuine, and everything you thought they would be.