ABC casts 'Dream Vote' for Osmond


Donny Osmond has signed on to host ABC's up-coming unscripted series "The Great American Dream Vote."

The show, from Warner Horizon Television and Mike Fleiss' studio-based Next Entertainment, features eight contestants who reveal a lifelong dream to the studio audience, explaining why they think it deserves to be fulfilled. Contestants will square off, and the studio audience will cast votes, eliminating entrants over several rounds.

By the end of each show, two finalists will remain. Then viewers at home will have the opportunity to vote on which of the two most deserves to have his or her dream realized, with the results being disclosed at the opening of the following week's episode.

ABC has not set a premiere date for "Dream Vote," executive produced by Fleiss and Lisa Levenson, who also exec produce the network's "Bachelor" series.

During his 43-year career, Osmond's credits have included hosting or starring in such shows as variety series "The Donny & Marie Show," talker "Donny & Marie," game show "Pyramid" and an upcoming British version of "Pyramid."

"Debuting on network television at the age of 5 was exciting enough, but then 10 years later, a real-life dream came true: My sister and I became the youngest hosts in television history when 'The Donny & Marie Show' premiered on ABC in 1976," Osmond said. "So hosting 'The Great American Dream Vote' for ABC represents a homecoming of sorts; moreover, in a clear case of life imitating art, it definitely represents another dream come true for me."

Osmond, whose latest album hits stores April 3, just wrapped a four-month turn on Broadway starring as Gaston in "Beauty and the Beast." He is repped by WMA, manager Eric Gardner of Panacea Entertainment and attorney Eric Weissler.