Boyle, Osmond set to join forces


With an assist from Donny Osmond, Scottish sensation Susan Boyle makes her much-anticipated Las Vegas debut next week.

The U.K.'s hottest chart-topping female solo singer in 65 years will perform a duet of "This is the Moment" with Osmond on Wednesday at the Flamingo.

During her appearance on Donny and Marie Osmond's show, Boyle, 51, will add a solo of "Who I Was Born to Be."

Boyle became a breakout star in April 2009 when she sang "I Dreamed a Dream" from "Les Miserables" on "Britain's Got Talent."

That audition performance, which led to an astounding 500 million hits on YouTube.com, ignited speculation that it would only be a matter of time before she landed in Las Vegas.

Her backstory only added to her folk-hero status: A miner's daughter, Boyle overcame a learning disability and turned to singing for her local Catholic church.

Her debut album, "I Dreamed a Dream," shattered Amazon.com's pre-order records and was the fastest-selling debut album in 2009.

It became the No. 1 song in 21 countries, making her the biggest-selling artist of the year. She is the first female artist to have three successive albums debut at No. 1 on the U.K. album chart in less than two years.

"This is the Moment" is one of the songs from her new album "Standing Ovation: The Greatest Songs From the Stage," which will be released Nov. 13. Donny Osmond is on her album.

In Wednesday's news release, Boyle said "two of my lifelong dreams are going to come true on Oct. 17. Not only will I be singing with one of my all-time idols, Donny Osmond, but I will be performing on the Las Vegas stage for the first time."

It appears Donny Osmond has been helping her make it happen.

Osmond was quoted in the media release as saying, "Since I met Susan a few years ago, we have been discussing performing together and I am so glad that our plan is finally coming to fruition. Our fans will get a sneak peek of the songs we recorded for Susan's new album by hearing us perform together on stage at the Flamingo Showroom."

SIGHTINGS

Former President Bill Clinton, shaking hands with fans and inviting several to walk along with him at Town Square on Wednesday. … A Red Bull sky diving team in blue face paint, landing near the Monte Carlo on Tuesday to mark the move of the Blue Man Group to their new home. … Stratosphere headliner Frankie Moreno, channeling Jerry Lee Lewis while performing "Tangerine Honey" from his new self-titled album on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" Tuesday, with Lewis' "Real Wild Child." The national exposure couldn't have come at a more opportune time, in lieu of a major label deal that has eluded him (he's self distributing his new album). … Cee Lo Green, touring the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health on Tuesday. A portion of the proceeds from Wednesday's concert, "Cee Lo & Friends," at Planet Hollywood will benefit Ruvo's Keep Memory Alive charity and the center. … Newt Gingrich, in the private dining room at Javier's, the new Mexican restaurant at Aria (CityCenter). … Grammy Award-winning singer Jason Mraz, treating his musicians and crew to a night at "Mystere" (Treasure Island) on Monday, a day after the closing night of his tour. … UNLV golf great Ryan Moore, celebrating his Shriners win at Grimaldi's Pizzeria (Boca Park Fashion Village) on Sunday with 25 guests.

THE PUNCH LINE

"Can you believe it's only another month until we start arguing about whether the election was stolen or not?" - Jay Leno

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