With a career that spans over 40 years, Donny Osmond's slightly controversial victory on Dancing with the Stars is right up there among his career highlights, especially because the effort that went to every cha-cha-cha, tango, and paso doble had been unprecedented.
"I don't think I've worked harder for any accolade than I have this one," he says. "When you record an album and it goes platinum ... yeah, you're in the studio and you work hard for months, but it's not like your whole body hurts. Maybe you get a little hoarse and tired. But on Dancing With the Stars, everything hurts,"
Returning to more familiar ground, Donny was greeted warmly by the Vegas audience, and he obliged, bringing his mirror ball trophy and goading sister Marie, who was on the same show and finished third, but not without doing a famous faint halfway through the season.
"You know why I did this? To keep up with her career. I had to beat Marie. She came in third and I came in first. I am now officially a better dancer than Marie!"
Osmond, who turns 52 in about a week, beat out perennial frontrunner RNB singer Mya in last week's Dancing with the Stars finals, a victory that was rife with accusations that his wide fan base delivered for him, not his dancing skills.
The finale show, which reeled in some 19.2 million viewers, was season 9's highest, but the lowest rated closer in the show's four-year run.