As far as Marie Osmond is concerned, Dancing With the Stars ought to consider a name change.
“It’s called Dancing With the Starved,” Marie jokes to OK! backstage after the season premiere of the hit ABC show Monday night. “I’ve lost three inches around my waist so far.”
The 47-year-old signed on to the dance competition not to work on her quickstep, but to lose weight. Her plan is working thus far with her six-hour-a-day practices and a NutriSystem diet. “It’s so easy and it tastes good, salads and vegetables. [I can] heat it up at the dance studio.”
She thinks fans of the series will relate to her weight struggle: “You know every chick’s on a diet!”
But Marie doesn’t know exactly how many pounds she’s lost because she refuses to get on the scale and says preparing for the first show was stressful enough.
Paired with Jonathan Roberts, the duo Foxtrotted to a score of 21 on ladies’ night last night, good enough for a third place tie. After her dance, the singer/actress joked that 25 million viewers will be voting and “22 of them will be Osmonds.”
And you can bet her eight children will be casting their votes too, but one thing they may not help with is her love life. With her divorce from husband Brian Blosil not yet final, Marie isn’t dating. “Oh, heavens, no,” she laughed to OK! “Who would want to date a woman with eight kids?”