“The thing with the Charleston is that it needs to be much more high-octane,” said “Dancing with the Stars” judge Bruno Tonioli after watching bull rider Bonner Bolton struggle with his routine on “Vegas Night.” “And I think you got a bit off timing a few times. I think you were trying to get it right so hard that you missed the timing.” Tonioli wasn’t the only judge who had problems with the routine. Do you agree that Bolton had an off week, or were the judges too hard on him? Watch his Charleston above and decide for yourself.
“I do appreciate that you really went for the Charleston. You didn’t do it that well, but you didn’t give up,” said Carrie Ann Inaba, who couldn’t overlook the shortcomings of his performance even though she has been smitten by him in weeks past. Len Goodman added, “You needed a bit more freedom in the movement. It was a little bit safe.” Julianne Hough tried to give him some encouragement: “Not every dance is going to be your best dance, and that’s okay,” she explained. “I think you could have given a little bit more [expression]. I like the phrase ‘Fake it ’til you become it’ because doing this show you will become a dancer.”
Bolton and his pro partner Sharna Burgess received straight 6s from the judges for a total of 24 out of 40. That put him on the bottom of the judges’ leaderboard tied with Charo and Mr. T. Charo was eliminated at the end of the night, so that leaves just Bolton and Mr. T fighting for the viewer votes they need to stay alive. Does Bolton deserve to stay on the show for another week?
Do you think Bolton deserved better comments and scores from the judges? Watch his performance above and then vote in our poll below to decide your favorite routine from “Vegas Night.” And if you think he can still win the Mirror Ball Trophy you can make your predictions here.