This just in, Blog Pals: Donny and Marie Fever is apparently sweeping across England! Remember Donny and Marie Osmond, the syrupy sweet, squeaky clean, toothy dynamic duo from Utah who stole everyone's hearts in the 1970s? Recently, they attracted huge, screaming crowds of fans all over Britain. It's true. Look it up if you don't believe me. Donny and Marie (both entering their 50s), along with their less famous siblings -- Alan, Wayne, Merrill, Jay and Jimmy (didn't there used to be a Larry?) -- were mobbed everywhere in the U.K. by crazed admirers. A headline in Hello Magazine said it all: "Osmond-fever hits London with the return of the Seventies stars." Wherever the Osmonds went, enthusiastic crowds turned out to greet them. The Guardian described one scene at the packed London concert: "A matronly type in an 'I Love Donny' T-shirt cannot stop screaming the name of the purportedly cutest member of the group. The emotion is heightened by a video of the group's arrival in London in 1972 when they were mobbed by bawling girls, some of whom are undoubtedly here right now." Before sellout crowds, they sang such unforgettable favorites as "Love Me For a Reason," "Crazy Horses," "Puppy Love" and "Paper Roses."
The highly successful British tour is but one sign of the Osmond Family's (pictured left) comeback. Last month, Marie hosted a wholesome reality show on NBC called America's Favorite Mother. Now the brother and sister are conducting nationwide auditions for dancers to be part of their upcoming, six-month gig in Las Vegas. But wait, there's more! A Fiftieth Anniversary DVD (yes, the Osmond Family began entertaining audiences way back in 1958!) featuring the very best of the Osmonds is coming soon to a video store near you. And if you happen to be in Utah on Pioneer Day (July 24), you can catch the Osmonds playing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Sure, America is beset by war overseas, recession at home and global warming, but at least the Osmonds aren't going anywhere. Utah's hottest export is here to stay! Well, actually, Utah's hottest export is the double pastrami cheeseburger with secret sauce with four scoops of Leatherby's Old-Fashioned Strawberry Ice Cream on the side. But by golly, the Osmonds are a mighty close second!