Upon asking a few friends if they'd like to accompany me, there were two distinct reactions: a high-pitched, shrill "Yes, please!" (that was my mother) or the blunt "I'd rather gargle with Drano".
Polarising opinion, Donny and Marie Osmond apparently added Scotland to their post-Vegas tour as a Kilmarnock fan had spoken to them after a gig and invited them to Glasgow in general, and Killie's stadium specifically, an invitation Marie took up earlier in the day to sing the club's adopted anthem, Paper Roses.
There is no denying they are very "showy" but as they explained over the evening, it's the only world they've ever known. From the diamante monogrammed piano to the dresses Marie wears when she (perhaps ill-advisedly) tackled Pie Jesu and Nessun Dorma, their faces (and teeth) scream showbiz. They are almost relics of a past long gone; and as they were so young when they experienced working with the likes of Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra they seem displaced in our cynical modern world.
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A guest turn from Susan Boyle seemed to make many mature women happy and although her voice did not have studio perfection quality while she sang This Is The Moment with Donny, and particularly when during her solo Who I Was Born To Be, the kindness and respect Donny showed to Boyle was lovely to see. Marie's Kander and Ebb segment – and a joint trip down their Broadway memory lane – worked out more successfully than some of the modern mash-ups when purple-clad Donny compared himself to Prince and Justin Bieber in that they "stole his signature colour". When the duo sat and sang a medley of their Donny & Marie days they were giving the audience what they wanted, before they ended the evening as they started, crooning It Takes Two.