There are Barry Manilow fans, and then there are Barry Manilow fans.
An "Oprah Show" guest named Candace is the latter. More than 10 years ago, Candace had written a letter to Oprah begging to meet the legendary singer, one of the most requested guests in the show's entire history. Candace also made a very interesting vow if she ever had to opportunity to meet both Oprah and Manilow. Her letter read:
"Dear Oprah, My husband knows that if he could ever arrange for me to meet Oprah Winfrey and a 'certain famous singer' at the same time, my husband will get sex on command for the rest of his life."
During an "Oprah Show" episode in 2004, Oprah brought Candace on stage for the surprise of her life. Joined by her husband, Jim, Candace looked both giddy and slightly embarrassed when Oprah read her letter on national television. "It's notarized," Jim joked.
"Well... you have met me, so things are looking pretty good for you, Jim!" Oprah said.
Suddenly, a voice bellowed out from somewhere in the audience. "Looks like he made it," Manilow sang as a riff off one of his famous songs.
Candace screamed. Her husband smiled. But did she keep her promise? "Oprah: Where Are They Now?" recently caught up with the South Carolina couple to find out.
"I'm going to let Jim field that!" Candace says of the million-dollar question.
"As we were leaving from O'Hare International to come back to Greenville, the plane had barely left the ground [when] Candace tapped me on the leg and said, 'You know all that sex on demand stuff, I was just kidding, don't you?'" he says good-naturedly.
"I kicked around the idea of keeping that promise, but, you know, as a busy wife and mom, I make lots of promises I can't necessarily keep," Candace laughs. "It's always my intention to try and keep that promise..."
"She's done a pretty good job trying to keep it," Jim adds.
But 2004 wasn't the only time Candace got to see Manilow. She and Jim have seen him in concert several times since "The Oprah Show," and during one of those times, Candace got a VIP package that allowed her to meet the singer again. She was thrilled, but Jim was a little nervous.
"I said, 'Now, Harpo's not going to be there, are they? Is this an ambush?'" Jim recalls. "Barry was super. Meeting him again was great... If it makes [Candace] happy, I'm willing to do whatever."
"He is the best sport ever," Candace says of her husband.