Just one day after burying her 18-year-old son, Marie Osmond returned to the Las Vegas stage amid tears and standing ovations. And, RadarOnline.com was there.
It was a sold out crowd at the Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel Tuesday Night. The audience was nervous, not knowing what to expect. Then Donny and Marie came out to thunderous applause.
Their first song was the Aretha Franklin/George Michael duet I Knew You Were Waiting For Me.
After the first of 3 standing ovations, Marie said “The way Osmonds survive is they keep singing. My son would want that.”
Marie was looking radiant as ever. She didn’t wear black; instead she wore her colorful gowns. This was her first performance since her middle child Michael Bryan (Michael Blosil) took his own life February 26th.
On Monday, she was surrounded by her brothers and children as Michael was laid to rest in Provo, Utah.
But Tuesday night, she found a way to laugh. Taking a dig at the press, she joked “Thank you to the papers for saying I was 50, the female “F” word.” An eyewitness says “That line got a huge laugh and it seemed everyone relaxed after that.”
She said her 7-year-old daughter mentioned to her before the show that she needed to laugh.
Before Marie’s solo numbers, she acknowledged that “the show would be a little different tonight.” The mother of eight spoke about her upcoming inspirational album, which has an opera theme saying, “little did I know I would be relying on my faith so much this last week.”
Before the last number of her solo performance, she said “I dedicate this next song to my son Michael.” The powerfully emotional opera song brought her to tears.
Then Donny came out for his solo part of the show. After the first song, he said “I hope you all appreciate what Marie’s going through tonight. The fact that she’s even here … what a strong woman.”
Marie came back out, and she choked back tears as she and Donny sang the Alan Jackson country song, Remember When.
That’s when they received their second standing ovation.
They ended the show with an upbeat song, but Marie couldn’t sing the last few lines, instead speaking them because she was crying. As they said goodbye, they got their third and final standing ovation.
An eyewitness says, “The room had amazing energy in it, and it ended up being a very uplifting show, despite the circumstances that Marie had just been to her son’s funeral the day before.”