Donny Osmond

The Entertainer

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Donny Osmond won the ninth season Dancing with the Stars in 2009 and responded in time-honored Osmond fashion: he gave us too much of something we only maybe wanted, unloading the never-ending The Entertainer. You want acoustic re-recordings of hits? The Entertainer’s got ‘em with a version of “Puppy Love.” Is that too quiet a stroll down memory lane? He tears up “Crazy Horses.” You want to hear Donny singing Hall & Oates? The Entertainer’s got that too! You want to hear Donny do Broadway? He’ll sing “Seasons of Love” for you! What about Nat King Cole’s “When I Fall Love” or Dan Hill’s too-sensitive classic “Sometimes When We Touch?” How about Neil Finn’s “Don’t Dream It’s Over” or a new song you’ll never remember no matter how many times you hear it? Donny will sing it for you -- he’ll sing whatever you want, he’s "The Entertainer," he’s just here to make you smile. Donny’s relentless crowd-pleasing retains a modicum of charm in small portions, but it’s sure possible to overdose on his perpetually sunny grin. And so it is here, with Donny’s eager enthusiasm turning wearying somewhere around the time he’s pulling out some Sinatra shtick on “Luck Be a Lady.” Old pro that he is, he can sometimes be ingratiating -- usually when he’s singing a soft rock oldie like Neil Sedaka’s apparently deathless “Laughter in the Rain” -- but by the time the record crawls to a conclusion, it’s quite evident why Donny never sustained his comebacks for too long…and why he won’t go away, either.

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