‘Dancing with the Stars’ Boots ‘Boo-Gate’ … and Bolton

Michael Bolton and Chelsie Hightower (Photo: ABC)

Michael Bolton and Chelsie Hightower (Photo: ABC)

At this stage of the game, anyone who scored less than 19 points is fair game to go home. So it wasn’t really a shockeroo when the second celebrity from ‘Dancing with the Stars‘ got the ol’ heave-ho this week.

After performing a disastrous dance Monday night, a clearly bummed Michael Bolton was sent packing.

“Uh yeah, yeah,” Bolton said when asked if he was surprised to be standing there. He said he was disappointed, and boy, did he look it. “Michael is such a genuine person and it was such an honor to work with you,” his partner Chelsie Hightower said on the show.

“Michael is a hard worker and he is a perfectionist and I know he’s going to be real tough on himself. It’s gonna be a little bit hard for him,” Hightower told us after the taping tonight.

Bolton seemingly bit off more than he could chew when he agreed to go ‘Dancing.’ The singer was on tour and juggling his shows with ‘DWTS’ rehearsals. That pace was nearly impossible to keep up.

“The mission is so enormous for me,” Bolton told us when he first got on the show. “I’m doing four shows a week, some weeks back-to-back, rehearsing five or six hours a day, then get on stage, then fly to another city, wake up there to rehearse. It is a little insane.”

What was a little insane was crawling around on the floor like a doggie, Mr. Bolton! I think that sealed your fate, my friend.

In other ‘Dancing’ insanity, ABC sought to put an end to the ‘did-they-or-didn’t they?’ surrounding the boos that were heard during Sarah Palin’s introduction Monday night.

To recap, Palin – seated in the front row to root for daughter Bristol (who is surprisingly holding her own in the competition so far) – seemed to have been booed by some of the viewing audience. But ABC claims fans were booing the fact that Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough only got a 24 (the top score of the night) instead of higher scores.

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To prove the point, the network showed a (grainy) unused clip from the episode’s taping in which the judges throw up their three “8” paddles while the audience is clearly booing the scores. Some even chanted “9, 9, 9.” “What’s the matter, you?” judge Bruno Tonioli snapped at the disgruntled audience. When cohost Brooke Burke asked Grey and Hough about it on the results show, Hough said the booing was “very flattering” and Grey said she was “thrilled with eights.”

Bristol was clueless to the booing drama. “Yeah, I didn’t even know it was an issue until they addressed it,” she told us after the show. “We knew why they were booing it wasn’t a big deal to us, and [my mother] knew that as well.” Sarah, by the way, was taking pictures of Bristol while she was doing interviews post-show on the press line.

One small shocker of the evening was seeing Brandy and Maksim Chmerkovskiy in jeopardy. Sure, she didn’t do as well as last week, but her score of 21 was very good. Meanwhile, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino and Karina Smirnoff were in the bottom two. But, we were told later, that Situation’s scores weren’t in the bottom two- the producers just opted to state his fate second to last. My guess is something about having two Michaels sweating it out.

In not-so-shocking news, Disney star Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer were chosen for the encore performance for their fun little Quickstep. And, they nailed it again.

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Hypocritical moment of the night? Judge Len Goodman, who is known for his verbal tongue lashings, criticized fellow judge Bruno Tonioli for his super-mean comments toward Bolton Monday night.

“It was too harsh and then to give the guy a three,” Len said. “Bruno, I don’t mind if you criticize someone harshly but give them a little bit of encouragement!” The offending comments included calling Bolton’s performance “the worst Jive in 11 seasons.” Bolton called the harsh judging “inappropriate and disrespectful.”

Hightower was proud that Bolton – who had to jet off to a concert after the taping and didn’t do any interviews – spoke his mind. “I know he had some things he wanted to say to I’m glad he got it off his chest and I’m sure he’ll feel better for that,” she told us.

In the filler-tainment portion of the evening, Seal aka Mr. Heidi Klum performed his new song, “Weight of My Mistakes,” and singer-songwriter Janelle Monáe performed her recent hit “Tightrope.”

Elsewhere, in ratings news, ‘Dancing with the Stars’ led its time period for the second week in a row with 21.6 million viewers. Nice going.

To refresh your memory, here are the leaderboard totals from Week 2:
Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough: 24
Audrina Patridge and Tony Dovolani: 23
Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer: 22
Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas: 22
Brandy and Maks Chmerkovskiy: 21
Rick Fox and Cheryl Burke: 21
Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya: 21
Florence Henderson and Corky Ballas: 19
Margaret Cho and Louis Van Amstel: 18
Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino and Karina Smirnoff: 18
Michael Bolton and Chelsie Hightower: 16

Do you think the right person went home? If not, who did you think deserved the boot? And were you satisfied with the resolution to ‘Boo-Gate’? Hit the comments.

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