Monday, August 17, 2009

Dancing With the Stars


It's mid-August and the stars are beginning to come out to play, once again. Today, the newest 'Dancing With the Stars" lineup (set to begin Sept. 21, 200) was announced. If my MIL had heard of even half of them she'd be dancing right along with them. Instead, I can picture her at home, balanced on her royal blue walker saying "Who?"

The celebrity cast, which includes the one person she will know....and probably root for...Donny Osmond, also includes a pro-wrestler, a snowboarder, actors and actresses, models, and a former member of Congress.

Now most of us have at least heard of singer Macy Gray, actress Melissa Joan Hart, supermodel Kathy Ireland, superbowl champion Michael Irvin, Tom DeLay ,the former House majority leader, teen hearthrob singer, Aaron Carter, and of course all around performer, Donny Osmond (brother, of course to Marie...fabric designer and sewing machine saleswoman ;)

Less known...at least in my MIL's small circle..... would be recording artist Mya, Iron Chef host Mark Dacascos, actor Ashley Hamilton (son of George), Olympic swimming gold medalist Natalie Coughlin, supermodel Joanna Krupa, actress, Debi Mazar (if you don't know her name, you'll probably recognize her face and distinctive voice) professional snowboarder, Louie Vito and professional wrestler, Chuck Liddell. While I didn't know that name, he is apparently the face of the 'Ultimate Fighting Championship', and the light-heavyweight champion of the world. And of course, you'll note...no LaToya and no Paula Abdul...so much for celebrity gossip ;)

And then of course, there's Kelly Osbourne. Singer, actress and media personality, Kelly's father is rock icon, Ozzy Osbourne, and her mother is well-known TV personality Sharon Osbourne. I've heard of Kelly, watched her on those celebrity news shows..but when I saw her photo in with blonde hair...didn't have a clue as to who she was. So, she may surprise us in other ways as well. At least we can be guaranteed an interesting audience of family members...not just for her, but all of the stars. The Osmonds alone will pack the house!

I suspect when hubby and I are watching from our home in Salem, and on the phone with MIL in her home in Stayton, she'll still be rooting for Donny Osmond. After all, he won the hearts of millions as both a member of the Osmonds and, with his sister,Marie, as the youngest co-hosts in prime time history with "The Donny & Marie Show."

Donny Osmond has been a singer, musician, Broadway and film actor, talk show and game show host, best-selling author, and even a champion race car driver. Well, if he could only snowboard, wrestle, and had run for Congress, he could fill in for the others and take the whole thing!

Yep, I can see it now. MIL in her rocker with her walker by her side, hooping and hollering every time Donny comes onstage to dance. When the stars come out on Sept. 21, she'll be watching all of them, wishing on a couple of them, and finding something to look forward to every Monday and Tuesday nights.

And that's all it takes to make life and living worthwhile. Right, Dorothy? You're not in Kansas anymore. It's almost time for the Wizard of Os....