The voters gave Michael Bolton a clear message tonight: stick with singing.
After last week’s surprise departure of David Hasselhoff, Bolton’s ouster was expected. His stiff jive Tuesday night practically gave judge Bruno Tonioli a coronary.
With just 12 points from the judges (including a pitiful 3 from Bruno), the soul singer needed a serious amount of votes from the public to catch up to the dancers with the second fewest votes: Michael “The Situation” Sorrentino and Margaret Cho. They each had 18. He obviously didn’t get it.
Bolton, who was in a literal doghouse opening his jive act, lacked any sense of nimbleness or athleticism, though he appeared to be in decent shape. He told media before the show that he avoided dancing while in concert – and he showed why.
“I thought Rin Tin Tin could have done a better jive,” said Bruno during the results show. He did not back off despite criticism that he was too harsh..
The last time someone got a 3 was in season 8 early last year with Steve Wozniak of Apple Computer, who inexplicabl]y lasted into week four.
They also went out of their way to show the booing Monday night had nothing to do with Sarah Palin. (So far, her daughter Bristol is certainly a far better dancer than anybody expected.) The target, as the video showed, were the judges for giving Jennifer Grey only 8’s for her jive. By garnering 24’s two weeks in a row, Grey is clearly the front runner right now while Brandy, another supposed leader, has been a tad disappointing.
Former Atlantan Kyle Massey, while perhaps overrated, is doing well while fellow part-time Atlantan Cho cut out the silliness and did a decent jive and rebounded a bit from 15 points to 18 points. Though Florence Henderson wasn’t great, she is showing amazing vitality for a 76 year old and is showing a competitive feistiness that is fun to watch.
The Situation is getting the basics, but the judges said he needs to learn “musicality.” Not surprisingly, he said he had no idea what that meant.