Bolton's jive bombs with judges
Published 29/09/2010 | 04:32
Michael Bolton performed what was described as the worst jive in Dancing With the Stars history and has been eliminated from the latest episode of the hit ABC TV show.
Bolton came into the episode in last place, earning just 12 points out of 30 for his Hound Dog-themed jive with professional partner Chelsie Hightower.
Judge Bruno Tonioli said he hated the dance and thought it was "probably the worst" in the show's 11 seasons.
Judges' scores are combined with viewer votes to determine which couple is ousted each week.
Before learning his fate, Michael said he thought Bruno's remarks were "inappropriate and disrespectful".
Tuesday's episode also aimed to prove that it was the judges, not audience member Sarah Palin, targeted with boos during Monday's show.
Palin had a front-row seat in the ballroom to watch her daughter Bristol perform, and just before host Tom Bergeron sat down to do a brief on-air interview with the former vice-presidential candidate, emphatic boos were heard off camera. Several media outlets and numerous Dancing fans online reported that the disapproval was directed at Palin.
Producers contended the boos were in response to the score of three eights the judges had given to first-place couple Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough.
Chatting with Jennifer and Derek on Tuesday, co-host Brooke Burke introduced a clip from Monday's episode that showed the judges bantering with the audience and defending their scores as the crowd booed. Then Bergeron introduced Palin.
Returning to dance will be actors Grey, Kyle Massey and Florence Henderson; singer-actress Brandy; sportsmen Kurt Warner and Rick Fox; comedian Margaret Cho; reality stars Audrina Patridge and Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino and Bristol Palin.