The news that Donny Osmond is to compete on the upcoming eighth season of "Dancing With the Stars" prompts the question: Should the Emmy Awards add a new category for best reality show contestant? After all, the hosts of reality fare just got an Emmy category last year — "DWTS" emcee Tom Bergeron lost to Jeff Probst of "Survivor" — and there's a pretty solid rumor that the judges of these shows will get their own new category at the next Emmy smackdown. But, come on, the competitors make these shows so irresistibly watchable. They are not Emmy eligible. That's an outrage!
Marie Osmond delivered some of the more "memorable" moments on TV last year with her appearance on Season 5 of the celebrity dance-off. Who can forget her baby doll routine, try as they might, or her fainting spell? During a taping of daytime talker "The Bonnie Hunt Show," their put-upon sibling rivalry was on display.
Donny Osmond told Bonnie Hunt, "Who do you think taught her how to dance?"
Marie Osmond replied, "I just want to see him in stretchy pants!"
Donny and Marie Osmond are currently starring in a variety show reminiscent of their 1970s TV series at the Flamingo Hotel.
At the Emmy Awards, "Dancing With the Stars" has received 23 nominations, but managed only four technical wins. Unbelievably, this superhit dancefest has failed to win the Emmy for best choreography! In 2006, it had three noms in the category but lost to "High School Musical." In 2007 there was a three-way tie as "So You Think You Can Dance" took two Emmys and "Tony Bennett: An American Classic" also won, leaving "Dancing With the Stars" the sole loser. And last year, "So You Think You Can Dance" waltzed off with another win. "Dancing With the Stars" has also lost the reality competition category three years running to "The Amazing Race."
Photo: Flamingo Hotel and Casino