[03/14/08 - 09:20 AM]
America's Beloved Brother & Sister Duo, Donny and Marie Osmond, to Host the 2008 Miss Usa(R) Pageant Telecast Live on NBC from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas on April 11
This is the first time since 2000 that the Osmond brother-sister duo has hosted a primetime special together and the third time that they're hosting a pageant together.

[via press release from NBC]



BURBANK � March 14, 2008 � She's a little bit country -- and he's a little bit rock 'n' roll -- which make Marie Osmond ("Dancing with the Stars" finalist) and multi-hyphenate Donny Osmond ("College Road Trip") the perfect duo to host the 2008 Miss USA� Pageant live on NBC from the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in one of the world's hottest cities, Las Vegas, on Friday, April 11 (9-11 p.m. ET).

This is the first time since 2000 that the Osmond brother-sister duo has hosted a primetime special together and the third time that they're hosting a pageant together. Donny and Marie are also of course well known for hosting their own primetime variety and daytime talk shows, "The Donny & Marie Show," (1976-79), and "Donny & Marie" (1998-2000).

Donny & Marie are reuniting on stage as well, performing eight sold-out shows at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in July.

"Watching the pageant was an anticipated yearly event when Donny and I were growing up," said Marie Osmond. "We are honored to be a part of this U.S. tradition and to hopefully make Miss USA a memorable night for millions of new viewers."

"We are so excited to have such television icons as Donny and Marie host our show," said Phil Gurin, executive producer of Miss USA Pageant 2008. "Their natural gifts as performers and hosts, along with their incredible relationship, will help ensure that this is our best Miss USA show ever!"

Rachel Smith, Miss USA 2007, will crown her successor at the conclusion of the two-hour primetime telecast of the 57th Miss USA� Pageant that is being held in the Theatre for the Performing Arts at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

Marie Osmond, the baby sister of the Osmond brothers, started her over 40-year career on the "Andy Williams Show" at the age of 3. She has since become an international celebrity whose resume includes hit records, network television shows, Broadway musicals ("The Sound of Music" and "The King and I"), world-wide concert tours, New York Times best selling author, television commercials, lecture tours, radio host, children's advocate, founder of Marie Osmond Collector Dolls business, and most recently a finalist on "Dancing with the Stars." Marie is also well-known for her country singer status in which she debuted the song "Paper Roses" at #1 on the charts and was one of the youngest people to host a television show, "The Donny & Marie Show," with her brother Donny. Marie's proudest achievement, aside from being a mother of eight children, is her involvement as co-founder and co-host of Children's Miracle Network, which has thus far raised over $3.4 billion for children's hospitals throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Donny Osmond, a teen heartthrob performing with his brothers "The Osmonds," began his illustrious career in entertainment at the age of 5, and by 13 had already collected 18 gold records, eventually earning a grand total of 33 throughout his career, with sales of over 80 million albums. He recently released his 55th record, "Love Songs of the '70s," which shipped gold in the United Kingdom. Donny has also had starring roles on stage as "Joseph" in Sir Andrew Lloyd Weber's "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," and last year on Broadway as "Gaston" in "Beauty & the Beast." In over 40 years in entertainment, Donny has been a singer, actor, triple-threat television series host (talk show, game show, variety show), best-selling author (his autobiography entered the UK bestseller chart at #1 last year), commercial spokesman, motivational speaker -- and even a racecar driver. Donny and his wife Debbie of 29 years have five children and two grandchildren.

Miss USA travels the nation as an advocate for breast and ovarian cancer awareness, education, research, and legislation. Each contestant from 50 states and the District of Columbia will be judged in three categories: swimsuit, evening gown and interview.


The MISS UNIVERSE�, MISS USA� and MISS TEEN USA� Pageants are a Donald J. Trump and NBC Universal joint venture. Utilizing its nationwide grass roots infrastructure, the Miss Universe Organization is committed to increasing awareness of breast and ovarian cancers. By forging relationships with organizations committed to research and education, such as Susan G. Komen for the Cure and Gilda's Club, Miss USA is armed to educate women today.

  [march 2008]  


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