09/25/2012 01:39 pm ET

Bristol Palin May Win 'Dancing With The Stars' Thanks To Family, Says Donny Osmond

"Dancing With The Stars: All–Stars" is back with more hip thrusts and butt-shaking than ever before. But one past winner, Donny Osmond, warns that not all of the returning celebrities have what it takes to win the famous mirror ball trophies.

“I’m not going to go there because it’s not fair,” Osmond replied when I asked him who was going to win. “Believe me, I watch this religiously because of my history with them. I’m looking at all the names, except the wild card names, one, two, three, four, five, five names right now, I think they won’t make it. Because I’ve seen them, I know their personality, I know their motivation. It's a lot of focus.”

But Osmond has good news for Bristol Palin: He says that having family members attend the show helped him win. In fact, if it hadn’t been for an exchange with his son backstage, Osmond says he would never have won the big prize.

“In the seventh week, I was at the bottom of the leader board, and I knew that was going to be my final week, and something kicked in. It was my son that did it to me,” says Donny. “Seventh week, we were doing three numbers -- and the first number I botched completely. My son happened to be in the audience, and I got the worst scores of the night. I go to what they call ‘the confessional room,’ where you go after the dance and talk about what they did. So I come out of the confessional room and I’m walking down the long corridor. You can only imagine how tight security is on that show. My son got backstage, and he grabs me and he pushes me up against the wall. He said, ‘You know what you can do and I know what you can do. Now you get out there and do it.’ Then he walked away. It was almost a spiritual moment and it was at that point it kicked in. It was such a great moment.

Osmond says he was invited back to the all-star edition, but was unable to compete due to touring and recording commitments. He admits that winning the show was one of the hardest things he has ever done.

“It makes athletes fall to their knees and cry," says Osmond, currently a spokesman for the dietary supplement Protandim. "That tells you right there that it’s not a walk in the park."


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