Did Michael Bolton Overreact to 'Dancing' Judge?
Brian 2010/09/29 23:00:00
When "Dancing with the Stars" judge Bruno Tonioli went Simon Cowell all over Michael Bolton's ego Tuesday night, calling his performance "probably the worst jive in 11 seasons," I have to admit, I thought it was pretty hilarious.
That is, until I heard Bolton's reaction. Now the only word I can think of to describe it is pathetic.
In case you missed it, Bolton was the second contestant to be eliminated from this season of "Dancing with the Stars" after he subjected the audience to, literally, the worst Elvis routine I've seen since Rob Blagojevich sang "Treat Me Nice" with Fabio.
Now I don't know much about dancing, but what Bolton did on that stage was hardly a dance. I'm not sure what to call it. I'd call it a shuffle, but I'm pretty sure that's a type of dance. A limp? A struggle? Let's just call it a disaster and move on, because that's not even the worst part.
After Tonioli eviscerated Bolton for his embarrassing performance -- as judges are known to do now and again -- Bolton had the gall to ask for a public apology and a slap on the wrist.
"My mom was there," he told ABC News afterward. "She flew in -- she's 90 -- and she came to see the show. I thought she was going to really enjoy it, and I didn't expect that level of disrespect from him ... I think he should apologize for it and I think he should be reprimanded."
Boo-freakin'-hoo. If he wanted his mom to enjoy a performance, he should have flown her out to "The Ellen Degeneres Show" when he performed there for Mother's Day, and maybe picked something more appropriate to sing than "Murder My Heart."
Now, instead of just a disappointing performance, she gets to hear her 57-year-old son whine about having his feelings hurt by a dance critic. This is "Dancing with the Stars," not "Prance Around the Stars' Feelings Because Their Mothers Are Watching."
Perhaps more shock is the fact that people are siding with Bolton. Even host Tom Bergeron stepped in and called Tonioli's comments "inappropriate." Really? It seemed pretty appropriate to me: Bolton bombed and a judge let him know it. Thank God Paula Abdul wasn't there.
Maybe I'm being a little harsh. But if being told he can't dance is a blow to his ego, I'd hate to see his reaction to my opinion of his music. I wouldn't be this adamant about it if he'd just sucked it up and shrugged it off.
You sang about it yourself, Michael. Maybe a little time, love and tenderness will help you get over this.
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