Michael Bolton, who was the second celebrity to get the boot from “Dancing with the Stars” on Tuesday night (following last week’s surprising elimination of David Hasselhoff), is not pleased with his harsh sendoff and wants an apology.
The soft rock singer, whose Monday night “Hound Dog” routine received biting criticism from “Dancing” judge Bruno Tonioli, is demanding an explanation from the seasoned score-giver.
“You heard the tone. Even Len [Goodman] stopped him and said, ‘That’s inappropriate,’” Michael said in an interview on “Good Morning America” on Wednesday. “I think he should apologize publicly and be reprimanded for it.”
Michael said he was “disappointed” in the critique – not only for himself, but because his elderly mom was present to witness it.
“My mom was there, she flew in. She’s 90 and I thought she was going to really enjoy it,” he said. “I just didn’t expect that level of disrespect from [Bruno].”
The 57-year-old crooner and his professional partner, Chelsie Hightower, used a doghouse as a prop for their jumping jive number Monday evening, something that Michael said he’d “do again in a second.”
Michael found the dance “hilarious,” but Bruno called it “The worst jive in 11 seasons.”
“I am a dog lover, but you make it so hard for me. You should have taken your bone and gone back to the dog house,” Bruno ripped. “You did it all very, very, very badly.”
Despite enduring the embarrassing tirade, the Grammy Award-winning singer said he has no regrets, and intends to make dancing a part of his everyday life.
“You meet some amazing people, and that stays with you forever,” Michael said. “I wouldn’t change the fact that now I’m introducing dance into my life much more and I’m going to embrace that deeply. I’m very grateful to the show for that.”