Michael Bolton eliminated from DWTS, judge reprimanded for comment
How can Michael Bolton dance if he and a judge can't be friends?
The adult contemporary singer was eliminated from ABC's Dancing with the Stars last night, scoring low during Monday night's show.
What added to the cursory drama during the elimination episode was a comment that was made by judge Bruno Tonioli after Bolton's performance on Monday.
Though Bolton's performance could hardly be called good compared to the other competitors (some online critics have described it as robotic and unemotional), it seems Tonioli took it a step further when he described it as "the worst jive in 11 seasons" of the show.
Bolton and his dance partner Chelsie Hightower took a creative approach to Elvis Presley's "Hound Dog," and started the performance with the aging singer crawling out of a doghouse.
In a pre-elimination interview on the show, Bolton talked about Tonioli's comment and how he felt about it.
"Last night I think Bruno was inappropriate and disrespectful," Bolton said. "Other than it was a phenomenal, phenomenal experience up till now and I'm ready for the next one."
Mark Ballas, who has been partnered with Bristol Palin this season, defended Bolton to People magazine and said "no one should have to take that kind of beating."
"We're all here trying to learn something new," Ballas added. "If you don't think we did great, fine – but give us some constructive feedback so we can walk away and work on it. Don't just drag me through a hedge backwards and then carry me to the ground."
Head judge Lee Goodman also scolded Tonioli on the show for his comment.
Currently the top scorers on the show are former sport stars Rick Fox, who played for the Boston Celtics and LA Lakers, Kurt Warner, former quarterback for the St. Louis Rams and Arizona Cardinals, and actress Jennifer Grey, who is known for her lead role in the 80s film "Dirty Dancing."