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Michael Bolton: 'Dancing With the Stars' Judge Should Apologize (VIDEO)

by Michael Maloney, posted Sep 29th 2010 2:00PM
Michael BoltonIt didn't come as a big surprise that Michael Bolton got the boot on 'Dancing With the Stars' last night. The singer and his dance partner Chelsie Hightower scored a mere 12 points doing a jive on Monday night.

Host Tom Bergeron gave judge Bruno Tonioli an opportunity to amend, apologize for or even retract the harsh comment he gave Bolton on Monday's show (he called their jive "the worst ... in 11 seasons"). Instead, Tonioli held his ground.

Bolton called the judge's remarks "inappropriate" and "disrespectful."

On 'Good Morning America,' Bolton demanded an apology from Tonioli. "You heard the tone. Even Len [Goodman] stopped him and said, 'That's inappropriate,'" he said. "I think he should apologize publicly and be reprimanded for it."

"To me, [Bruno] let everybody down," Bolton said on 'GMA.' "My mom was there, she flew in. She's 90 and I thought she was going to really enjoy it, and I just didn't expect that level of disrespect from him"

"It may have been one of the biggest smackdowns in 'DWTS' history," Hightower told TV Squad after the results show. "I was glad that they re-addressed it and gave [Bruno] a chance to say something better. It's unfortunate that he didn't."

Bolton bolted from the studio right after the show, but not because he was being disrespectful like Shannen Doherty and Shannon Elizabeth some stars who've skipped out on exit interviews. He had to catch a flight to Napa, where he was performing later that night.

"Michael and I talked earlier in the day," Hightower shared. "We knew the door could swing either way. I'm very proud of him. He's an amazing guy, generous, kind, funny. I have nothing but amazing things to say about him."

"Michael's an amazing dude," added Maksim Chmerkovskiy. "I asked him if he was okay. He said, 'Maks, I have a show in two and a half hours, doing what I love. I'm great. My life is amazing."

Other stars and pro dancers also defended Bolton.

"The judges don't know how many hours we put in," said Kyle Massey. "Michael worked super-hard on that dance."

Partner Lacey Schwimmer added, "Yeah, they could have been nicer."

Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Brandy NorwoodBrandy Norwood, a former judge on 'America's Got Talent,' hedged, "Everyone is different in their own way. I would never want anyone to feel invalidated."

"I'm going to interrupt," said her partner, Chmerkovskiy. "The problem is not in [the judge's] opinion. The problem is the consistency. If you're going to give someone a '3' [then] give somebody else who deserves the same score [a '3.'] You're going to give someone a '3' and then praise somebody [who's just as bad]? It's not fair.

"You can say your negativity, but back it up with something you can work on. If Michael hadn't worked so hard that would be one thing, but he poured his heart [into this]," said argued pro dancer Cheryl Burke.

As for Tonioli, Burke quipped, "I'd like to see Bruno come out here and do a jive himself."

Before the results were announced, producers attempted to clear up the controversy about whether Sarah Palin was booed by the audience on Monday night's performance show.

Bristol Palin and Mark BallasFootage was shown that seemed to indicate that Palin, who was there to see daughter Bristol Palin perform, was not booed by the studio audience. Rather, ABC's playback attempted to demonstrate that boos were directed at the show's judges, who awarded Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough scores of "8" instead of higher numbers.

"I didn't even know it was an issue until they addressed it," Bristol Palin told TV Squad after the results show. "We knew why [people in the audience] were booing and it wasn't a big deal."

And her mom knew, as well? "Yes," Palin responded. "She knew that, too."

"I was booing," added her partner, Mark Ballas. "I thought that Derek and Jennifer could have gotten a higher score."

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Tucker boyd

Maybe one night he was trying to make love while listening to Michael Bolton's baby making music, and the girl he was with said something bad or laughed at his Peepee. You never know. He hates him for some reason

October 06 2010 at 1:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Nancy Bell

My only question about the 3 is where was it or a 1 or 2 when Master P was there? Small numbers should have come sooner. Afraid to offend(lose) younger rapper audience? or maybe afraid to offend(lose) black audience? Be consistent. Michael was bad but not the worst of all comparing seasons.

October 06 2010 at 11:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I always got a kick out of Bruno's comments, but last week he was totally out of line. Why didn't he give Cloris Leachman a 3 when she was on. She was terrible. I do believe that Michael Bolton deserves an apology. It just seemed to me that Bruno had some sort of vendetta.

October 06 2010 at 8:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Having been married to a musician, I speak from first hand experience. Most singers/musicians CAN'T dance! It's only logical, think about it, they are always on stage so they get little chance to do any dancing. My ex really couldn't dance, unless you include the FONZIE type of dancing that involves suffling your feet while you squeeze your girl. LOL.
Yes, Bruno was brutally honest in his assesment of Micheal's dancing. This is usually Lens job, and he get booed incessantly. This time, Bruno spoke up and while it was his opinion, seems like most of these comments agree with him.
Micheal, get over it, face the fact that you are a famous singer, and forget the dancing.

October 03 2010 at 4:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
carol kaufman


October 02 2010 at 11:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Grow a pair, Michael. If you had treated the situation with humor and not taken it as a shot to the ego all would have been well. I can understand that you were hurt by the comments but really!

October 02 2010 at 5:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to tizzy's comment

That's exactly the point. Bruno always critized with humor. This time, with Bolton, he was just plain nasty. No one could take it lightly or with amusement. DWTS was one of my favorite shows. I will not watch it again until the show acknowledges that Bruno was over the top in his criticism. I say that everyone that agrees with this should not watch the show Monday night in protest. The producers will be reminded how the masses can make a difference. Let's do it!!!

October 02 2010 at 12:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I believe the judges are there to judge the quality of the dancing----not to berate, insult and give an opinion on past season dances. I wonder how well Bruno danced when he was learning?? As the show states: " This Is Dancing With The Stars". Most of the stars that agree to come on the show have probable never danced. Cool it Bruno, and let's here you sing!

October 01 2010 at 11:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Elizabeth Still

Maybe all this attention will help MB's career. I never heard him sing but if he sings as poorly as he dances he better get another job.

October 01 2010 at 10:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Bolton danced poorly, Bruno did his job judging, Bolton shouldnt ask for apology, I get all that but please Bruno try not to act like some stark raving maniac on that show. That might be your personality but please try to be a little more civil. Sure I have received criticsm in many forms but nothing like what was displayed on the show. We wonder why kids throw tantrums. It is ok to do it on live tv and to bully a fellow human being. Bruno needs to be told about his actions just as much as people who are asking Bolton to change his. I wonder if Bolton will return at the end of the season. May the bigger man win.

October 01 2010 at 2:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Please - all you people who think Bolton deserves an apology are the same people who are turning the next generation into a bunch of wusses. Kid's today think they deserve the same recognition for trying as those who win. What a bunch of idiot parents. When your kids grow up and get into the real world they will have a rude awakening. Employers do not give promotions or raises for trying - they give them for real accomplishmnets. Prepare your kids to face rejection or you will be very sorry later on.

Bolton is a big baby. Bruno - don't apologize

October 01 2010 at 1:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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