Dancing With The Stars: Is Michael Bolton Over-Reacting?

bolton Dancing With The Stars: Is Michael Bolton Over Reacting?

Michael Bolton was booted from Dancing With The Stars on Tuesday and he was NOT happy about it!   Bruno and Dancing With The Stars refuses to apologize!

So we ask……

Is Michael Bolton over-reacting???

Here’s what [lastfm]Michael Bolton[/lastfm] had to say to GMA about the harsh words from Bruno:

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One Comment

  1. Laurie Ackerman says:

    I fully support Michael Bolton. He was hit below the belt as a professional in the industry. He deserved respect from Bruno. I feel that a boundary has been crossed. Therefore, a real man should apologize for his inappropriate tongue lashing of Michael Bolton.
    If the shoe were on the other foot, I bet Michael Bolton wouldn’t criticize Bruno if her sang out of tune!

    1. Fred says:

      Laurie has not been paying attention. Bruno is NOT a real man. This excuses him from being a gentleman.

      1. Laurie Ackerman says:

        I respectfully disagree with you Fred.

  2. Gary J says:

    Bruno was right on!!! He was TERRIBLE!!!! NO appology needed.
    HE should apolgise to the country for being so BAD!!

    1. Laurie Ackerman says:

      I respectfully disagree with Gary J.

    2. sue says:

      I respectfully agree with Gary J.

  3. moviesharkd says:

    Bruno is a professional whose role is to judge based on certain standards. Bolton didn’t live up to those standards as is evident to anyone with eyes. Bolton is allegedly an adult and a professional and should understand and appreciate that process. He clearly doesn’t. None of the judges are there to feed anyone’s ego. And Bolton’s own whining about time commitment to the process was itself a big indicator of his immaturity and lack of professionalism. . .and dare I say, inflated ego. His current demand for an apology just solidifies that. He is worse than a kid on a playground. Good-bye and good riddance.

  4. Sandi says:

    If you can’t take the criticism don’t go on show where you are going to be judged! Michael has a great voice but he definitely can’t dance! So bad……….

  5. Laurie Ackerman says:

    My reaction is even if Michael is out of his element and comfort zone as a musician and now a dancer, he took the challenge to learn how to dance. That is a not suffiicient reason for Bruno to character attack his performance with such a verbal tonuue lashing in front of millions of virewers. DWTS is suppose to fun to as well as a learning process!Can you imagine Gary if children come into a classroom at school trying to figure out how to learn something. and If the teachers are anything like Bruno, what would that do the self -esteem of our nations children? Has anyone considered that perhaps the self esteem of Michael Bolton has been attacked. He is afterall , a human being !!! Bruno should definitely appologize!

    1. Gary J says:

      These aren’t children!! This is a reality program!! Kids have nothin to do with this!! Just let him go and sing OTHER peoples songs and he will be fine!! The BIG cry baby!

      1. Laurie Ackerman says:

        Dear Gary J,
        I was trying to illustrate that all people whether children or adults have a right to not have their self esteem character assassinated..
        Please read the constructive comments of both Shirley and Liz.

      2. Jonathan says:

        Sounds like another jealous bully out there. You are probably the guy that skinned cats and put them in classmates lockers just for the “reality” of it huh?

    2. Ruben says:

      Get a life.This is not grade school. Anyone appearing on this show knows that they are open to all kinds of criticism,some good and some bad.

  6. Shirley says:

    Michael Bolton is a noted performer more famous than any so-called “stars” performing with Dancing With the Stars. He did not deserve such criticism, a simple “you did not do a good job” will suffice. I am not a Bolton fan but I disagree with Bruno. There is a subtle way of booting out a performer.

  7. Richard says:

    Michael is right…Bruno took it toooo far. This show is supposed to be fun and lighthearted. Bruno has no class…go back to the trailer park dude…we’re all full up over here. I’m already over this show. At least MB was a REAL celebrity. Ciao!

    1. LIZ says:

      Bruno was out of line. ciao and arrivederchi

  8. JVB says:

    Yes, Michael danced like Frankenstein all stiff like but he worked hard and no one should be made fun of that way. Bruno could have done his tongue lashing in a more respectful and professional way.

    1. Ruben says:


  9. Kim says:

    I think Bruno was out of line.This show is about taking stars that don,t have dancing experiance and teaching them how to dance.This was also a reflection on Michael,s partner,who is a professional,and I think this has gotten way to serious.It,s just a show people.The fun has gone out DWTS for me.

  10. Fred says:

    In a previous season, Bruno told another male contestant that his dancing was “crap”. That contestant said that Bruno was not a gentleman.
    Any person that enters any contest should be prepared for the possibility of unkind criticism.

  11. Ruben says:

    Michael don’t go away mad…just go! What kind of cheese goes with his whine?

  12. Lee Hand says:

    The judges give theiir opinions – he shouldn’t have to apologize for his opinion – even though it was very harsh. I have always liked Michael Bolton & still do but he knew the dances he did would be judged & how these judges are – some times they are not so nice. It wasn’t a good dance and Michael should realize that. It would be nice to have an apology but – get real – you know it’s not going to happen – Bruno’s opinion, Michael’sloss. Get on with your life.

  13. Barbara says:

    yes he is, he can not dance, Bruno was being nice

  14. Don says:

    He was bad and besides, he still gets his $200,000 after only 2 shows. Ya, he’s crying all the way to the bank.

  15. DENISE says:

    i think that michael needs to drop this issue. he is not the only one that bruno has done this to. maybe bruno went a little far like lan said. but this is the judges job.

  16. LIZ says:

    I agree with Michael–Unlike American Idol where contestants
    claim to be singers & set themselves up for scrutiny DWTS
    is for Stars that can’t dance & thru the process learn–if we wanted to watch pros dance we wouldnt be tuning in to DWTS
    I think comments like that will discourage other stars…..

  17. Gloria says:

    Michael – put on your big boy pants and get over it!

  18. Norma Weinstein says:

    So what if his mother was there…he wasn’t good. Look at how many people hated it when Siimon really put them down.

  19. Harvey Apparis says:

    Judges are paid to judge ! If your a bad dancer you deserve to get a bad grade from the judges. Bruno was correct. It does not matter that his Mom was there. All the stars have had a Mom, Dad, wife etc there. Michael get over it. You CAN”T dance. Master P was better than you and he was really bad !!!

  20. Lyn says:

    Hey, everyone who watches DWTS knows how harsh the judges can be. I don’t think Bruno needs to apologize. Michael Bolton needs to get over it. It’s just too bad his mother was there to witness it, but like I said, you know you’re going on this reality show and what the possible outcome can be.

  21. sharon says:

    Michael Bolton was horrible! Why can’t he take it like a man?
    Bruno was being kind

    1. Jonathan says:

      You are obviously one of Bruno’s sadistic fans. Michael was not horrible. Bruno is obviously jealous of Michael’s celebrity. Bruno wants to be Simon Cowell but he’s just not cutting it.

  22. Emma says:

    Len Goodman will handle Bruno – BIG TIME! Not only for this.
    Bruno tries to be like Cowell – NO WAY
    Michael Bolton should have gotten help from Ms. Cho or others for a “smart retort”..like she did about her tight butt.
    Like = a dog growl w/ facial expression:
    “And even Rin Tin TIn could sing better than you”
    There are dozens of remarks that would have been much, much better. Even Bolton’s mom could have/should have given him some strong retorts???

  23. Suzye M. says:

    As a dancer who has been in many competitions and won a Team Trophy in the Dallas Dance for third place, let me say that judges and also dance teachers that are credible give both positive and negative feedback.

    Otherwise, a dancer may walk off the dance floor and give up something they love. Everyone has something good about their performance, just as Lynn said on the show. Give them their negatives. To avoid any positive comment at all cuts the legs off of someone who could onto become a phenomenal dancer.

    I danced with many guys much worse than what Michael Bolton did and they stayed with it and went on to become absolutely “terrific” dancers.

  24. maria says:

    I take care of pediatrics under the age of 6, with serious medical issues, who have had less temper tantrums that michael, get over your self, It was a bad dance admit it. bruno was well within his professional knowledge.

  25. Mikey says:

    Bolton has a right to be mad about Bruno’s comments, but as others have pointed out, this is a competition and if you can’t hack it, get your stuff packed and leave. Bolton’s a terrible dancer. I’ve always likened Bruno and Len Goodman to what Simon Cowell would be like if there was two of him. However, Bolton’s being a baby and whining about something so trivial. Who cares if his mother was there – he sucked and deserved to go home. Oh, well!

  26. Eleanor says:

    There were more subtle ways to tell Michael Bolton that he was bad and still get the point across. Michael did not dance well in his first show and I believe he should have been the first eliminated. I have to say that I was stunned when Bruno issued his comment, as Bruno can be harsh, but his comment was over the top. Should he apologize, I don’t think so as anyone who goes on these types of shows knows that somewhere along the line that this type of comment is in the wings waiting to come out. Michael is a singer and as Carrie Ann likes to say he didn’t seem to have any musicality. He just never found the beat.

  27. Rebecca says:

    I have been watching all 11 seasons and I have never been more upset about a comment before. Even Len was upset but he is really no better. He doesn’t always follow his advice by “giving some encouragment”. I remember when he but down Derek and Lil’ Kim’s dance they did to “Jail House Rock”. Maybe they shouldn’t play Elvis songs. Burno should aplogize!!

  28. Barbara says:

    I think that Bruno owes all of us an apology..it was very uncomfortable to listen to and watch his mean spirited judgement of Michael Bolton’s dance. His comments were rude and uncalled for..nothing to do with the actual dancing, nothing constructive, which is all he’s there for. This is not good TV..as for Michael, he was humilliated in fromt of millions, he knows he’s not a good dancer…but he gave it his all, sick and otherwise. He’s not a professional dancer and should be judged as such. And for you Gary…you need to tone down the “crying like a baby stuff” about someone that has been a good friend to you and your causes…you can disagree with his reaction, but you can say it in a way that is not demeaning. I love your show, I listen every single day, but this time I don’t think the commentary is very funny. I don’t don’t even care that much for Michael, but give the guy a break.

    1. Randy says:

      Bruno stepped his gay self out of line. He’s a worthless little speck of less than honorable DNA. Bolton must have reminded him of one of the guys that punished the little hall monitor in grade school. I don’t care for Bolton’s music personally, but he didn’t deserve to be gay-rodded.

  29. Nina Bruno says:

    Michael you went on a “reality show” known for it’s excentric judges. You went on a “dance” show knowing (I would think) thank you CAN NOT dance. You went on a “reality show” knowing what remarks had been made on other shows; remember the “shopping cart”? Yes, a women took it better than you. You come off sounding like a snob and a cry baby. I think you’re embarrassing your mother more by making such a big deal. Again it’s a “reality show”, you made a lot of money, you knew you couldn’t dance and just get over it. I know too that you are pushing it just to make yourself a “little” more visable. Go work on your voice, stick to singing and maybe you’ll be liked for your singing again.

  30. Fran says:

    Michael is being a baby. What did he expect, when he crawls out of the dog house with a bone in his mouth.

    Why is no one reprimanding his professional instructor for suggesting or going along with this. I believe she needs to be more professional.

  31. Bluecjay says:

    Grownup’s behaving like children. No wonder the state of affairs in this country have gone to pot. We don’t want to hurt the child’s feelings, so we sugar coat our criticism of a bad performance or behavior. We reward it instead??

    Mr. Bolton, you’re a grown man, act like one. If someone berates you in public you have two choices, take the high road and move on or be a cry baby. My gosh, you’re behaving worst than a child who doesn’t know better.

    1. Anthony says:

      Michael Bolton is NOT acting any different than any red blooded American would act…after being stomped on and spit at in front of the audience and family members. Bruno is trying to be a big cheese and put the attention on himself…he is the one acting like a kindergarten bully!

  32. Lin says:

    I thought the show was “Dancing with the Stars,” not “Demeaning the Stars.” Constructive criticism of amateur dancers is appropriate; sniping is not; this isn’t the Jerry Springer Show.

    1. Barbara says:

      I agree.

  33. kristy says:

    What a baby. I can’t believe he is making such a fuss. Lets face it ..he was horrible and not evening trying to do the dance. It looked like he just went out on the dance floor without any practice at all. He was worse than Kate from last year and I thought that was not possible..If he was so concerned about his mom then he should have practiced and tried his best… Bruno is there to be a judge and he was doing his job…..Thanks

    1. Diane says:

      Any human being would have been insulted by Bruno’s remarks.
      I have to commend Michael Bolton for not putting a fist down his throat which is what he deserved.

  34. Beyda says:

    Well….who the hell cares about BRUNO!…he gets paid an ASS ..its ENTERTAINMENT..but he didnt have to be that brutal..look at that CHOI chick…she made all them horrific facial expressions during her first routine ..i thought she was having a bad case of CONSTIPATION and they overlooked that..so Bruno quit hating on MICHAEL…..lol

    1. Gary Bryan says:

      Do you think Margaret Cho was CONSTIPATED? Interesting!

  35. rita says:

    I don’t even like Michael Bolton but that was very hurtful. Not everyone can dance….how about “Master P” was he doing a better job than Michael Bolton?? Come on, it even looked personal…….Bruno.

  36. richard says:

    bruno should be replace…they should ALL be replace..
    i like the show..but not the judges !!!!
    bruno should not critcize but BE A SO CALL JUDGES…

  37. Jerri says:

    Bruno is a Simon Wannabe. After the show Bruno went on Jimmy Kimmel show and continued to bash Michael. He also made Jimmy a bit uncomfortable by making comments to Jimmy that had sexual overtones. Bruno is trying to become the “star” judge on DWTS. I think that he is becoming the “star” Jack_ _ _.

  38. Bob Wolf says:


  39. Terry says:

    I am a HUGE fan of DWTS and I was really disappointed in Bruno’s comments. These stars dance for their family and fans, they are not experts. Criticism is good, but being straight out mean and disrespectfull is wrong. I have always not liked it when Len and Bruno say something which makes the stars feel uncomfortable. I just wish they could try to be nicer. The stars are the ones who make the show, not the judges. Bruno also has to learn to tone down the sexual comments, there are children in the audience too! Didn’t you see the face of Kurt Warner’s daughter when Len put him down and I thought he did a great job? It was so sad. I’m still a fan, but I do believe Bruno owes MB an apology.

  40. Diane says:

    All dancers should be at least recognized for their efforts for putting in long hours and doing their best. Michael Bolton was humiliated in front of his 90 year old mother who I am sure was also humiliated by his remarks. Much of the public is influenced by the remarks of the judges..I thought Michael had improved since his last dance routine but I felt the idea of the dog house by his partner was in poor taste. Bruno should be fired. This kind of behavior is what we teach our grade school children to avoid and to see an adult act this way made my stomach turn.

  41. sandra says:

    This Bruno guy is a nobody and he treated poor Michael Bolton in a cruel and disgusting way, Michael had no experience of dance and was ill, he had laryngitis. It wasn,t easy for him to step out of his comfort zone to do DWTS, I support Michael completely, it,s sad and strange how people love to ridicule Michael, these people are not half the person he is.

  42. sandra says:

    I,d just like to say to all of you on here who have called Michael a cry baby, you are no better than this Bruno guy, you just remind me of SCHOOL BULLIES!! Don,t you think he has feelings?

  43. jeff says:


    1. fred says:

      It is painful to read entries in ALL CAPS. Do you deserve to be treated cruelly for that?

  44. James says:

    His dancing showed his attitude, whichwas I don’t want to be here. It was very evident.

    1. Rod says:

      I think a very important element to this situation is being overlooked. It was not just fact that Michael danced poorly, but that he did not put any effort at all into his last dance performance. There have been one or two performers on the show that danced as poorly is MB, but the difference lies in that you could see where they really put in a real effort to learn and perform the dance. Whereas, MB, just walked around the floor with the cadence of like I do not give a damn. Truth: It was the worst dance ever performed in the eleven seasons. Maybe if Bruno had have explained to MB that demonstrating a real effort to perform the dance was evident, and MB being the professional that he is (he puts alot of energy into his singing performances and has on occassion missed a note but the heart was in it–so you can look beyond a performance flaw) might have understood better Bruno’s criticism. Lastly, MB’s ego was just in the way, all over the place. Not acceptable behavior of a professional.

  45. fred says:

    Michael Bolton was not the worst of all of the stars over all seasons. Others were just as bad, or even worse. Recall Master P, Tucker Carlson, most of the really old contestants… ugh, the list goes on. Yet he received the lowest mark ever, and was humiliated on top of it. While I am neither a fan of his music nor his dancing, I figure he deserves some dignity. Citing Bruno as a “professional” is no excuse for cruel behaviour, especially since he seems to coddle some equally bad dancers. And really, how serious a dance competition is this anyway? It is not “So You Think You Can Dance”. These people are putting themselves out there, vulnerable for the world to see, doing something that they are not likely good at. Yes, some (constructive) criticism is appropriate. Crapping on people is uncalled for. Those of you who approve of that should perhaps think of the last time you decided to take a chance to put yourself out there and do something new… would you deserve to be eviscerated in front of others?

  46. Ed Burke says:

    I’d like to see replacements for “All” three judges.They are actually bigger celebrities(now) ,then are many of the so called celebrities.They’ve gone from somewhat humble to full blown egomaniacs.They should be judged ,given maybe,5 out of possible 10’s,and don’t let the door hit them in the a**.They ‘ve been given free reign to be a-holes or civil,…they heap praise on individuals who are close to being professional.,ie(Nicole) and totally demean others who are WAY more Challenged,etc.

  47. Joan Barry says:

    Bruno was rude and should apologise to Michael Bolton and the fans!

  48. Marje Lentz says:

    Bruno was right on about Michael bolton. for a musician he had zero musicality. He dance like he had a pole holding him up.

    Noone slams Len when he is cruel and direct. They are paid to judge the best.

  49. vickie says:

    some people cant take the truth others just have no class so which was it? not listening to M B music anymore

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