LOS ANGELES Nov 25 "Dancing With The Stars"
champion Donny Osmond on Wednesday ranked his win on the
television show at the top of his career achievements, saying
his entire body hurts after weeks of grueling rehearsals.
Osmond, who turns 52 next month, became the oldest winner
of TV's ballroom dancing contest, despite having tangoed,
jitterbugged and cha cha cha'd on a broken toe for weeks.
The ninth season finale of the ABC show pulled in a season
high audience of 19.2 million viewers Tuesday night, according
to preliminary Nielsen ratings. But the audience was also the
lowest-rated conclusion in the four-year history of "Dancing",
although it remains one of the top shows on U.S. television.
Osmond, a 1970s teen idol and former member of The Osmond
Brothers singing group told Entertainment Weekly he had been
dancing on a broken toe since week three of the 10-week
But he added; "I don't think I've worked harder for any
accolade than I have this one. 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," Osmond said.
Osmond, who beat Grammy award-winning singer Mya and Kelly
Osbourne, daughter of rocker Ozzy Osbourne, danced an Argentine
Tango for his final night freestyle with professional partner
But he almost didn't get there. "It was Sunday night. I
thought I couldn't do this. I was lying down and saying I don't
think I can do this. Kym was so determined. She said, 'We have
to do it one more time,'" Osmond recalled.
Osmond beat his younger sister Marie Osmond, who finished
third on the show two years ago, after a famous fainting fit
halfway through the season.
"We are all so proud of you," Marie told "Good Morning
America". "You won! Let's never talk about this again."
(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte)
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