The Dancing With the Stars 2010 lineup isn’t the big story this week. Instead, Dancing With the Stars may have the judges overshadowing the dancers this time. At the least, it appears Bruno Tonioli is stealing the spotlight, after his harsh comments about the eliminated Michael Bolton. Although he may not have been far off in trashing Bolton’s performance, the way he did it has gotten a few fans and contestants upset. Considering the names in the lineup, it is startling that Bruno and Bolton have sparked the most controversy this far.
Bolton was the clear low scorer on Monday night, getting a mere 12 points from judges. After his poor scores in Week 1, it was clear that he would be on his way out, which he ultimately was. However, when Tonioli called his jive performance among the worst in show history, and gave it only three points, some thought he went too far.
After Bolton was knocked off Dancing With the Stars, he went on Good Morning America to demand an apology. He claimed that Tonioli “let everyone down” and didn’t like that he showed that tone with Bolton’s mother in the audience.
In addition to Bolton, another contestant still in the lineup spoke out against Tonioli. Audrina Patridge, who got the most improved scores in Week 2, told Entertainment Tonight that the judges were “too harsh” on Bolton. Although she admitted that the show wouldn’t be as interesting if they were “too nice,” she also said that Tonioli owed Bolton an apology.
Harsh reality show judges are required on these shows, even though this lineup doesn’t usually give Simon Cowell-level insults. The contestants tend to make the biggest headlines on this show, unlike on American Idol.
The DWTS cast has Bristol Palin, The Situation, Patridge and many other tabloid headliners. Yet the biggest flack has come against a judge for criticizing someone who was bound to be eliminated early anyway. However, this wasn’t the only bit of trouble that the judges got into this week.
In addition to the Bolton vs. Bruno turmoil, the entire panel was booed for underrating leader Jennifer Grey — although Sarah Palin was thought to be the original target. In addition, the higher-than-expected scores for Bristol Palin are bound to make some anti-Palin viewers suspect something underhanded.
Bruno and the others have stolen the show for the wrong reasons, but the Dancing With the Stars lineup hopes to take the spotlight back starting on Monday.
Entertainment Tonight- “Audrina Patridge Dishes on Harsh Dancing With the Stars Judges”
People Magazine- “Michael Bolton vs Bruno: Dancing’s Pros Say Judge Went Too Far”
Parade Magazine- “Dancing With the Stars War of Words”