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Backstage at Dancing With the Stars: Pros React to Bruno's Harsh Comments


This was not your typical Dancing With the Stars elimination. The stars and their pro partners were unusually upset by the ouster of crooner Michael Bolton - and even more upset by judge Bruno Tonioli's devastating comments on Bolton's performance the night before, including, "I think this is the worst jive in all 11 seasons."


"Bruno was totally out of line," said pro Louis Van Amstel. "And then he put more wood on the fire tonight, talking about it, and confirming that he meant it. And then when Michael said that Bruno's comments were disrespectful? Yes! Good for Michael."


Bolton hopped a plane to Napa directly after the show, getting ready for another performance in his 115-city national tour. That left his saddened partner, Chelsie Hightower, to do the post-mortem. "I thought for sure the public would rally," she said, banking on the fact that in most cases, when the judges are particularly harsh with a contestant, the viewers take charge by casting sympathy votes. "So this is hard. And it's more than just going home the second week. It's about going home on the note that we did. We both wanted to come back so badly and show that Michael could do a better job."


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