In this special one-on-one interview with Dr. Phil, entertainer Donny Osmond opens up about the incredible highs and crushing lows of childhood fame and the pressure to be perfect under the glaring lights of show business. Plus, Donny receives a surprise visit and performance from his idol: music legend Stevie Wonder.
The Pressure to be Perfect
Donny also opens up about a time in Chicago in the '90s when he was performing in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoats and again felt overcome by fear. “Luckily, my wife, Debbie, was there with me. And she said to me, ‘Look, why don’t you do yourself and the audience a favor? Why don’t you go out there tonight and do an average job.’ She gave me license to make a mistake — and it was the best job I ever did in my life.”
One year later, in Minneapolis, Donny says that fear struck yet again in the form of a panic attack. “I had to seek professional help and medication,” he says. “But it never leaves you because it’s part of your personality. I’ve learned not to beat myself up about it. It’s OK to make a mistake.”
Donny fondly remembers his friend, Michael Jackson.