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On the Scene: Was Michael Bolton the 'Worst in 11 Seasons' of 'Dancing With the Stars'?

by Michael Maloney, posted Sep 28th 2010 3:00PM
Michael BoltonMichael Bolton was in the 'Dancing With the Stars' judges' doghouse last night. His jive with Chelsie Hightower, set to 'Hound Dog,' earned an awful 12 out of 30 points and was deemed by Bruno Tonioli as "the worst jive in 11 seasons."

"You did it all very, very, very badly," Bruno said.

Even Len Goodman -- normally the most critical of the judges -- found Tonioli's comments to be harsh. Still, he said Bolton's performance "probably needed a pooper scooper at the end."

But was it really "the worst" as Bruno called it? Vote in the AOL TV/Access Hollywood poll.

Was Bruno Tonioli too harsh on Michael Bolton, calling his jive the 'worst in 11 seasons' of 'Dancing with the Stars'?
Yes, it was bad -- but not that bad683 (60.1%)
No, it was that bad454 (39.9%)


Bristol Palin and Mark BallasAfter the performance show, Mark Ballas had some choice words for the judges about their mean remarks toward the legendary singer.

"It was really hard for me [to listen to the judges' comments] because I am so close with Chelsie. She's a very dear friend to me [whom] I love very much," an angry Ballas told TV Squad. "I thought the judges were over the top and their [comments] were unnecessary and weren't constructive."

But Ballas lauded Bolton and Hightower for taking the criticism with "grace and class," adding "If that were me, I would have thrown my shoe at one of them. No one has to sit there and take that. It's Michael Bolton. The dude has sold more than 55 million records. He's one of the best vocalists of all time trying to do something new. Give him a break and be constructive. Don't be a jerk."

For her part, Hightower thought Bolton did well. "I think anyone who comes on this show and subjects themselves to this and put themselves out there the way Michael has -- it's a little uncalled for to go as far as Bruno did tonight. He's Michael Bolton," Hightower said.

Meanwhile, Bolton's fellow contestants believed his fans would help him stickaround. "Keep your head up. Never give up," advised pro Cheryl Burke, who's partnered with Rick Fox. "Michael has so many fans. They're going to pull it through. This show is all about the journey. He needs to forget about the scores and move on."

On the other side of the scoring spectrum was Jennifer Grey and her partner Derek Hough, whose jive won rave reviews and a score of 24. gave TV Squad an update on her neck pain. "My neck has been almost pain-free since my surgeries," she said. "I had been in chronic pain for years. Now, I feel fantastic!"

The evening's funniest moment came when Tony Dovolani was shown promising he'd shave his legs if the judges didn't give him and Audrina Patridge three eights. But while Carrie Ann Inaba and Goodman bestowed that score on them, Tonioli scored their quick step as a seven. So will Dovolani follow through?

""Yes. I'm definitely going to do it," he told TV Squad. "I'm a man of my word.

We can't wait 'til next week?



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Basq

Michael Bolton is acting like a big baby. Get over it Michael - the judges are supposed to comment. If they have to apologize for every negative remark, then the show would have to be taken off the air.

October 02 2010 at 1:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Light

Bruno should not be allowed to get away with how he critiqued. There is Diplomacy and he didn't have the courtesy to exercise it. Sad! Michael was not the worst and with time I think he would have become more relaxed. I'm an artist and I'm use to off color comments in during critique. This was Sad and doesn't speak well for the program at all!!

September 30 2010 at 7:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
GDL

I have 2 words - "Master P" - he was probably the worst.

September 30 2010 at 5:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
parkerconcrete

Micheal wasn't that bad but he should stick to what he does BEST. Singing. He is Great!!!!!!!!!

September 30 2010 at 4:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
MsRLM65

That's the thing...I don't think that he was trying his best. He had an attitude and it seemed like he was there against his will. I think Bruno nailed it head on. He was by far the worst this week and last week, was one of the worst ever on the show, and it was clear that no one liked him. Even his relationship with Chelsea seemed strained.

September 30 2010 at 3:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Patty

yes Michael Bolton really doesn't have much rythmn but at least he was there trying. Bruno was way out of line and made Michael feel worse. Wonder how Bruno would have felt if they said that to him. I love Michael Bolton.

September 29 2010 at 1:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
gimmegraphics

at least Michael was trying Wayne Newton ran around the stage without dancing, most of the sports stars were so uncoordinated it was amazing they actually could play any sport.. I like Michael Bolton but he should really stick to singing..

September 29 2010 at 9:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ven

yes, he was bad, but Bruno sounded like an evil, bitchy old queen.

September 29 2010 at 12:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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weezilgirl

" MsRLM65, posted Sep 30th 2010
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That's the thing...I don't think that he was trying his best. He had an attitude and it seemed like he was there against his will. I think Bruno nailed it head on. He was by far the worst this week and last week, was one of the worst ever on the show, and it was clear that no one liked him. Even his relationship with Chelsea seemed strained.

I thoroughly agree with you. I thought he expected everything to go his way. He was even snappy to Chelsea and she certainly didn't deserve it. I remember hearing her say "I am trying to help you" and he came back with something whiney and bitchy. I'm glad he's gone.

October 03 2010 at 3:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ryan

I'm not sure what constructive comment Bruno could have said. It was bad and pretty much nothing he could say will make it better for next week.

September 28 2010 at 3:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dave

yes, you gotta love him, but I was grimacing the whole time. Poor guy, he's giving it his all, but pretty geeky for a musician.

September 28 2010 at 3:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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