Monday night on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars, the show was moving along fine and dandy. And then the crowd turned as ugly as a stadium full of Philadelphia sports fans (I can say that since I’m from Philly) when a chorus of booing filled the soundstage. Why was the DWTS audience booing last night?
But first, ill mannered audiences aside, did the judges take their nasty pills as well last night?
Bruno Tonioli, always known for his decorum (ahem!), completely trashed Michael Bolton’s admittedly lethargic jive performance, telling him to “take the bone and go back into the dog house”, then deeming Bolton’s dance “the worst jive in 11 seasons.” Agreed, Bolton’s dance was limp and lazy, but the guy was battling laryngitis and a sore throat all week, even showing up to rehearse in a surgical mask!
Even Mr. Nasty Len Goodman thought Bruno’s Bolton diss was over the top and proceeded to lecture Tonioli on how to be nice.
Later in the show, the usually chipper Ann Inaba made fun of Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, zeroing in on his size 11 shoes and telling him he’s a pigeon toed! I was waiting for a Popeye remark next!
But it was the audience boos that were the highlight- or should I say the low life– of the night.
After Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough completed a dynamic, shimmery jive, their total score of 24 was announced. While hanging backstage with DWTS co-host Brooke Burke, Jennifer Grey remarked, “Why are they booing?” Sure enough, the audience was booing at something. Could it have been an unfavorable reaction to the Grey/Hough score of 24, as in the fans thought they should have scored higher? Possibly. Although some fans contend that the judges were being stingy with their triple 8’s, 24 is actually a very respectable score (especially for week 2) . And most telling was the fact that boos were slightly delayed after the score announcement.
But next up, the camera cut to DWTS host Tom Bergeron, who was sitting in the audience next to former Alaska governor Sarah Palin (Palin’s daughter Bristol is a contender on DWTS this season). Palin was shaking her head in dismay as if to say “What was that about?” but to home viewers it appeared that it was more likely the audience was booing at Palin, not the Grey/Hough score.
If that is that is the case, what a shame that politics have to be brought into a mindless dancing show. Like Palin or not, the boos were uncalled for. It will be interesting to see if Sarah Palin travels from Alaska again to support her daughter. Then again, if Bristol’s fan base is anything like her mom’s, there may not be any need for back and forth travel much longer.
The live results episode of Dancing With the Stars will be on Tuesday, September 28, 2010 at 9:00 PM ET ABC.
Dancing With the Stars, September 27, 2010, ABC TV