Bull rider and model Bonner Bolton just got a big boost from the judges in week two of “Dancing with the Stars.” He finished in fourth place, tied with Olympic gymnast Simone Biles. That’s a huge improvement from the season premiere, when he finished way down in ninth place. What did you think of his Viennese waltz on Monday night? Check out his routine with pro partner Sharna Burgess above.
Bolton’s scores were fairly mixed despite his impressive total. The two women on the judges’ panel gave him 8s. Julianne Hough said, “That was the perfect example of taking choreography that’s very simple and executing it beautifully.” And Carrie Ann Inaba thought the performance was “poetry in motion.”
Bruno Tonioli had a more mixed reaction, giving Bolton a 7. “I could see you worked so hard in trying to get it right,” Tonioli explained. “Be careful not to go woody when you are on the toe. If you overthink it, instead of maintaining the flow, you go a bit woody.”
Len Goodman, who was difficult to please all night, told Bolton, “I thought your frame was very good. However, you’re the big, butch bull rider, and it was a little bit timid … I wasn’t transported to Vienna. I was somewhere in the panhandle.” Goodman gave him a 6.
Who do you agree with? Was Goodman too hard on Bolton, or were Hough and Inaba too generous? Vote in our poll below to let us know who you think had the best performance of the night, and if you think Bolton will win the Mirror Ball Trophy make your predictions here.