Michael Bolton has hard feelings toward Dancing With The Stars judge Bruno Tonioli, as the Grammy-winning singer said Tonioli was disrespectful in dressing him down for a poor performance, and that he thinks the outspoken judge should publicly apologize to him, as well as face punishment from the show for his pointed words.
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As RadarOnline.com previously reported, Tonioli made Simon Cowell look like a saint in his appraisal of Bolton’s Monday dance to Elvis Presley‘s Hound Dog, humiliating the soft rock staple by telling him “You did it all very, very, very badly — this is the worst jive in 11 seasons.”
While Bolton was scheduled to speak to more media outlets and perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live! following his elimination on Tuesday’s show, he left abruptly for a gig in Napa Valley, but did give Good Morning America a brief interview in which he made his resentment for Tonioli no secret.
“I was disappointed with Bruno — to me, he let everybody down,” Bolton told GMA. “My mom was there, she’s 90, she flew down to see the show… and I just didn’t expect that level of disrespect from him. Even [fellow judge] Len [Goodman] stopped him and said, ‘That’s inappropriate.’
“I think he should apologize publicly and he should be reprimanded for it,” the 57-year-old crooner said.
It wasn’t all gloom and doom for the Soul Provider singer, as Bolton was fast to praise the show’s professional dancers and competitors for the time he spent with them training and performing for the ABC hit.
“You meet some amazing people,” he said, “and that changes you forever.”
Dancing With The Stars‘ eleventh season continues on ABC next Monday at 8/7c.