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'Dancing with Stars' airs Boo-Gate video, gives Michael Bolton the boot


'Dancing With the Stars' host Tom Bergeron interviews Sarah Palin on Monday's episode. (ABC via video) | Gallery: 'DWTS' | Original footage from Monday

The ambient booing heard by home viewers of Monday's "Dancing With the Stars" -- right before the camera cut to host Tom Bergeron next to Sarah Palin -- caused such a "major imbroglio" that the show's producers decided to address it on Tuesday's results show.

Viewers are about to be treated to footage "that was never intended to air," "Dancing" co-host Brooke Burke confides to celebrity dancer Jennifer Grey and her partner, Derek Hough, who were at the center of Monday night's maelstrom.

The never-before-seen footage will bolster the producers' position that booing erupted over the score the judges had bestowed upon Grey for her performance rather than at Palin.

"Thank God we had a camera on the grassy knoll," Bergeron told Entertainment Weekly late Tuesday afternoon.

Oh, yes -- he really did.

"I want to talk to both of you because there was quite a buzz in the press and there was a little bit of controversy in the ballroom last night," Burke pretend-chats with Grey and Hough, but we all know she is talking to us, watching at home.

"When you got your scores from the judges, everyone was booing. Now, the press reported that they were booing for Sarah Palin," ravishing Brooke continues, oozing incredulity from all her gorgeous pores.

"No, no!" says Grey, shaking her head to indicate that is not possible.

"I've got a clip I want to show you that was never intended to air, so it's raw and unedited, but I think it's going to show us what actually happened," Burke tells the duo, as though speaking to much-loved pet peahens who had been dropped on their heads as chicks.

"Let's look at the video tape," suggests Grey.

"Yes," agrees Brooke.

The kerfuffle had erupted during Monday's competition episode, when viewers watched Grey, Hough and Burke as they were hangin' in the Postmortem Chamber, trying to figure out what all the booing was about out in the ballroom.

The raspberry ruckus could be heard shortly after Grey and Hough were awarded the night's highest score from the judges.

"There's booing in the ballroom. We don't know why," a perplexed Burke reported that night to viewers, who also could not see what was happening in the ballroom.

"Why is there booing?" wondered Grey, who had just finished hugging Hough after hearing the good news about their score.

"I don't know," Burke responded helpfully. Then she threw it to Bergeron and suddenly viewers could see him, in the ballroom, sitting next to former Alaska Gov./TLC reality show star/Fox News Channel contributor Palin, whom he was about to interview. She was in the audience because daughter Bristol is one of the competitors.

Tuesday night, the show's producers cough up the footage that, as Bergeron put it, will nail shut the coffin on Boo-Gate.

Judge Carrie Ann Inaba is seen giving Grey a score of 8. Len Goodman gives her an 8. Bruno Tonioli gives her an 8. The audience applauds. But then, some begin to boo. The booing grows louder.

"They're booing," Bruno says to his colleagues while the camera stays glued to the judges. "They're booing an 8," he says while, about that time, Bergeron's voice can be heard in the ballroom, introducing Palin.

The producers do not show any footage from the camera that had been trained on Bergeron and Palin, sticking to the footage of the camera trained on the judges. On the other hand, this is not "Nightline." It's "Dancing with the Stars."

"Now, it seems to me, based on that footage, the audience was booing because they thought you deserved higher scores. How do you guys feel?" Burke asks Grey and Hough.

"I'm thrilled with the 8's," Grey says.

"Maybe the audience was hoping for 9's," Burke adds, in case they are having trouble following the storyline.

"Just to drive the final nail in the coffin of Boo-Gate, Sarah Palin told me before the show, she was surprised by all the controversy, because she was booing you guys, too," Bergeron jokes to the judges.

But Tuesday night's show was not all Boo-Gate.

It was also about pop singers trying to sell albums. Like Janelle Monae, who sang "Tightrope" with too many changeups for her backup dancers who seemed to be in desperate search of a groove.

And Seal, who delivers a forgettable performance even he doesn't seem impressed with, while the "Dancing" professional chick dancers come and go, dressed in what look like nighties from the Valentine's gift packs their boyfriends ordered for them online.

The Macy's Halftime Entertainment dancing troupe takes the floor in a number choreographed by celebrity choreographer brothers Rich and Tone Talauega. It looks like a stab at Cirque du Soleil on a too-small stage and the dancers more concerned about personal safety than expressive movement, but they swing in and out on trapezes, whetting our appetite for adding some kind of aerial challenge to the competition. Florence Henderson would wipe out the rest of them on the flying trapeze.

When the dust settles on Tuesday's results show:

Michael Bolton and his partner Chelsie Hightower perform a jive that apparently wasn't good enough to keep him on the show another week. (AP)

- Len and Bruno have fought - again - over Bruno's having told celebrity dancer Michael Bolton on Monday that his jive was the worst he'd seen in the show's history, and then given Bolton only three points for his effort.

- Celebrity dancer Florence Henderson has promised to "lock thighs" with someone, but we'd covered our ears and so did not hear the name of her intended victim.

- Rick Fox's professional dance partner Cheryl Burke has told America she uses hand sanitizer under her armpits before every performance, while Grey's partner Hough has revealed he keeps his socks in a fridge, and Florence's partner Corky Ballas confessed he kneels on the dance floor and smells it carefully on competition nights.

- Michael Bolton has told Bergeron it was "inappropriate and disrespectful" of Bruno to have told him his jive was the worst he's ever seen on the competition. Bolton does not explain why he feels that way, but we're guessing that, if pressed, he'd answer, "because I'm Michael Bolton."

- Viewers have sided with Bruno, and sent Bolton packing.

By Lisa de Moraes  | September 29, 2010; 12:45 AM ET
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Please post a link to the video. You've compressed time in your description.

Tom is seen crossing in front of Bruno as he says "They're booing an 8." He's heading over to where Sarah Palin had been seated during the entire show. The intro starts significantly after Bruno's comment.

Posted by: BosBroad | September 29, 2010 1:05 AM | Report abuse

If you'd really watched the program, you'd know that Michael Bolton was attempting to do the dance called "the jive" and not "the quickstep." I've watched every season and love the show.

Posted by: marymertz1 | September 29, 2010 2:00 AM | Report abuse

Ah but did DWTS recreate their own fake "video footage" after the show, to disseminate false information, and in fact the original crowd really was booing Sarah Palin, not the scores. I find the show addicting and I'm a liberal bleeder -- but the shows audience is middle America corn pone conservative. I still blame ABC for wading into political waters in this messy election cycle by casting Bristol Palin. Since Bristol ("the Pistol", ugh) is actually one of the better dancers, she is likely to be on into election day, giving Tea Party Sarah lots of free Face Time.

Posted by: dietrichtimothy | September 29, 2010 2:18 AM | Report abuse

Did anybody else think Sarah Palin looked visibly angry in every shot they had of her face? Little Piper was rapt, staring at her big sister, whooping and clapping her hands. Sarah was twitching, making sitting dance moves, speaking to herself, grimacing instead of smiling... had that been Paris Hilton, I would have commented that her cocaine was showing. Assuming that Sarah Palin isn't a coke head, what on earth was going on there? How sad, the mother and two daughters each alone on their own planet. It's a little Mommy Dearest I have to say.

Posted by: jadada | September 29, 2010 3:44 AM | Report abuse

If she wasn't booed, she should have been, ha ha ha.
She is such trailer trash.

Posted by: euroguy | September 29, 2010 4:45 AM | Report abuse

Lisa, your article was so much hype for YOU yesterday, keeping it the most read all day. How bitterly dissapointed you and your column seems today, I had to search to find you. I am sure it was all a conspiracy with reshot footage, performed at gun point. Maybe you can make that up too. Show some class and print an apology to Palin and your readers, for misleading and contriving, all for your own hype. Back to the never read section for you, bu-bye and you betcha.

Posted by: meinsenkaye007 | September 29, 2010 5:23 AM | Report abuse

Clearly, the crowd were SUPPORTING Palin with the Mama Griz-hunting shout, "BOOMMMM, BOOMMMMMM", a reference to the rifle and shotgun blasts Palin triggers on her hunting excursions for bush meat to scarf down in The Great White North.



Posted by: ISlamIslam | September 29, 2010 5:28 AM | Report abuse

This explains why you can only find the Print Edition of the WAPO at your local supermarket checkout lane.

Posted by: hunter340 | September 29, 2010 5:52 AM | Report abuse

Report some NEWS, please!

Posted by: Supporter51 | September 29, 2010 6:16 AM | Report abuse

Compost: Reporting this is wasting space on the website. I can't believe this stupid show is still on the air. And they say "Kids will watch anything..." Adults are worse.

Posted by: georgana | September 29, 2010 6:19 AM | Report abuse

dietrichtimothy wrote>>>the shows audience is middle America corn pone conservative

Yep - those Evangelicals denounce clips of Britney Spears' thighs - {gasp!} - but they sure like Bristol's.

Posted by: angie12106 | September 29, 2010 6:49 AM | Report abuse

while I agree the show is pure dreck, my honey bunny and her peeps love it. Therefore I saw that live. If the boos were for Gov Palin why weren't they audible during the intro to the sit down? That is when you would expect a boo to occur. They don't usually break out minutes after the target of the derision is announced. Are we witnessing a further example of PDS (Palin Derangement Syndrome)? Hockey Mom seems to have rattled some libs pretty badly.

Posted by: theduck6 | September 29, 2010 6:54 AM | Report abuse

The audience was probably 'boo-ing' Sarah Palin's diva-demand to sit in the front row, when they discovered that SP's big head was blocking their view of the dancers.

And where was Big Daddy Palin? Why wasn't he there to 'show support' for his daughter Bristol? Oh, that's right emasculated Todd has to stay home, out of sight so he doesn't steal away Sarah's constant need for the attention to be only upon herself.

Posted by: momof20yo | September 29, 2010 6:57 AM | Report abuse

Your correction to this blog needs its own correction. Bolton's performance was neither a quickstep nor a jive. That's why he was voted off.

Posted by: richmurphy | September 29, 2010 7:08 AM | Report abuse

As with many things these days, people see what they want to see. In the sea of dreck that passes for entertainment and reporting these days, DWTS is better than most which pretty much sums the current state of affairs. LDM saw what she wanted to see. When confronted with reality, she gets bent and acts out - that surprises who?

Posted by: blackbear336 | September 29, 2010 7:37 AM | Report abuse

No and who gives a freaking, flying, fart?

Posted by: Tobor58 | September 29, 2010 7:39 AM | Report abuse

This show hates whites.

It is racist.

Posted by: barrySuks | September 29, 2010 7:39 AM | Report abuse

Bristol is NOT A CELEBRITY or a STAR! What has she done to earn a spot in "Dancing with the Stars?" Oh, thats right. She had the celebrated pregnancy. Well, Levi had more media exposure than Bristol! Mama Bear Sarah IS a celebrity--not a smart leader. She should be dancing instead of politicking! Betcha she'd be good. She had alot of practice when she was in the Miss Alaska beauty queen contest! Oh yeah,how about a Shout Out to all the Tea Party Peeps! You go girls!

Posted by: Dnlien | September 29, 2010 7:45 AM | Report abuse

Oh, how disappointed, Lisa "She Who Loves To Hate" de Moraes must be that her insane hatred of Palin has been exposed for what it is, a fantasy of her own. Keep up the b!tchiness, b!tch, and just you remember, karma will get you.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | September 29, 2010 7:52 AM | Report abuse

It's come to this. We've moved beyond the debate of whether religion and politics should mix to whether celebrity dancing and politics should mix. Just when you think we've hit bottom, we discover that there is no bottom when it comes to the dumbing of America. Our potential in that area is limitless.

Posted by: curtb | September 29, 2010 8:38 AM | Report abuse

We used to watch this program but with Palin present we have decided to avoid the program in it's entirety.

Posted by: aorj | September 29, 2010 8:38 AM | Report abuse

"it's" is a contraction for "it is". "its" is a possessive pronoun.

The Grammar Police

Posted by: enogabal | September 29, 2010 8:49 AM | Report abuse

The whole show deserves a rousing "boo."

Posted by: Lefty_ | September 29, 2010 9:10 AM | Report abuse

The name of the show is "Dancing With The Stars". Sarah Palins' daughter has never done anything that would qualify her to be considered a "Star" by any definition.

Palin gets enough undeserved exposure from the so called media via Fox (which is nothing more than a GOP propaganda outlet). ABC shouldn't be providing more by treating her daughter as a "Star" on the program.

The show has lost a lot of credibility as a result of its effort to attract Palin followers

Posted by: WESHS49 | September 29, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Who got booed?
Obama got booed big time the other day

Posted by: jblast2000 | September 29, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

We used to watch this program but with Palin present we have decided to avoid the program in it's entirety.

Posted by: aorj | September 29, 2010 8:38 AM | Report abuse


No here is a liberal for you!

Posted by: COOLCHILLY | September 29, 2010 9:13 AM | Report abuse

If she's anything like her mom, Bristol will quit halfway through the season.

Posted by: rossor | September 29, 2010 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Michael Bolton looks like Barry Manilow with a nose job nowadays.

Posted by: kbockl | September 29, 2010 9:20 AM | Report abuse

My wife is a big time Dancing fan, and the Post reporting yesterday that S Palin was booed just drove my wife more toward the Grizzlies camp. The Post is the biggest cause of women favoring Palin. Don't they get it?

Posted by: momo5 | September 29, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

So it appears the opinions are evenly divided here -- the people in the audience who booed Palin and actually saw Palin get booed and refuse to be swayed by the edited footage and crap propaganda, and the usual goobers who'll believe anything they're told to believe.

So what's new?

Posted by: Frank57 | September 29, 2010 9:28 AM | Report abuse

What I want to know is why Michael Bolton's mother wasn't interviewed???? He said his mom was in the audience, too!
Why was only Bristol's mother interviewed? Why was Bristol chosen to be on the show in the first place? Len's giving Bristol an 8 and Jennifer an 8 was unbelievable ... his judging skills have no more credibility for those who are really watching the "dancing."

Posted by: mlou14118 | September 29, 2010 9:30 AM | Report abuse

She deserves to be booed and the show does too for turning it into a political, welfare publicity for failed conservatives freak show. I didn't watch, though, and I won't.

Posted by: SarahBB | September 29, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: jblast2000:

Who got booed?
Obama got booed big time the other day


I didn't know that Obama was on DWTS.

Posted by: AlfromAlexandria | September 29, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Palin may not be a coke head but she sure is a dope head. What a piece of Republican trash.

Posted by: Classic60 | September 29, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

"Bolton" spelled backwards is still "not lob."

Tea Party spelled backwards is still "lobotomy."

Posted by: bs2004 | September 29, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Palin spelled backwards is dim-wit! Back to the tundra for you trailer trash queen.

Posted by: Classic60 | September 29, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

That idiot sarah is so childish. The quitter just wants to be the center of attention. She does not mind that her moronic nature is exposed for all the world to see. It's as if she is proud of her illegitimate grandchild.

Posted by: letemhaveit | September 29, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

WaPo, rather than providing slanted NO NEWS, why don't you tell us why Nancy Pelosi's "Most Ethical Congress" faltered, and the current status of:

*Charlie Rangel
*Maxine Waters
*Eddie Johnson
*Sanford Bishop

Is it OK for certain members of Congress to walk with taxpayer money, or bring new definitions to nepotism??

Posted by: wheeljc | September 29, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

You are really scraping the bottom of the barrel today, not only with this article but with several others, including how O'Donnell can win in Delaware. The Wash Post will itself get booted off soon enough.

Posted by: dcc1968 | September 29, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

I disagree. I have analyzed the recording of the program in every minute detail, I feel I can say conclusively that Sarah Palin was being booed. This is not surprising, given that a huge majority of Americans find Sarah Palin obnoxious and snarky.

Posted by: jake555 | September 29, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

I disagree. I have analyzed the recording of the program in every minute detail, I feel I can say conclusively that Sarah Palin was being booed. This is not surprising, given that a huge majority of Americans find Sarah Palin obnoxious and snarky.

Posted by: jake555 | September 29, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

I disagree. I have analyzed the recording of the program in every minute detail, I feel I can say conclusively that Sarah Palin was being booed. This is not surprising, given that a huge majority of Americans who dislike Sarah. (Personally, I find Sarah Palin to be obnoxious and snarky.

Posted by: jake555 | September 29, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Lisa, would you, The Wash Post and ABC please leave this SP crap off of this entertainment show. Why ruin some silly fun with politics? I wish BP had never been put on the show. I guess they wanted to draw attention with the Palin girls but it's actually making me and others want to stop watching and change the channel or walk the dogs earlier than usual.

Posted by: shejoy | September 29, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Delighted to see that M. Ballas choreographed a routine keeping M. Cho in the mix, delighted to see the progress, and already looking forward to next week.
Also delighted with the entertaining quickstep Lacey Schwimmer choreographed for Kyle Massey--and his exuberant execution. They understand that showmanship combines with technique to get the votes for this program.
The Situation?--well, I think Karina has her hands full with Mike, but he does seem to be genuinely trying and putting in the effort.
With the choreography gloves already coming off early as the pros' Stars improve, I am expecting increasingly heated "showtime" competition moving forward. Cheryl Burke has been a personal favorite over the years, but, Derek Hough, let's see what Ms. Grey can do!

Posted by: zerodefect01 | September 29, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

I'm sure we're all glad Sara Palin is wearing her MC HAMMER glasses on TV. We can only hope she's wearing these when she enter the white house in 2013.

Posted by: password11 | September 29, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Clearly a cover up. We all know it was Sarah that got the boos.

On to the important stuff. Is Bristol pregnant again? It looks like she's wearing a maternity dress and is down right chunky. And if she is, does she know who the father is?

Posted by: James10 | September 29, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Not a huge fan of the show and also not a Palin fan - most of the participants stretch the term "Star" and this season is no different. I didn't think Palin was being booed but know how her "fans" will call everyone else names but will tolerate not even an innuendo on their "chosen".

I find it incomprehensible that so many have achieved any success without talent (the guy from Jersey Shore or even Bristol) have been elevated to star level. I do understand that too many citizens and voters are attracted by bright shiny objects that are great at reflecting but are empty and tarnish easily. I object to Ms. Palin's politics because when I am as smart as a politican I object to them being elevated to a position of power. I admit what I don't know, people who don't frighten me. Ms. Palin however has proved herself smarter than many politicans - she is content to rake in $$$ and learn nothing - it has gotten her to this position and as long as the public looks no deeper she and her family will be front and center. I look forward to the time when citizens demand more from politicans AND stars but I won't be holding my breath.

Posted by: Lemon7221 | September 29, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

The 21st Century American version of Triumph of the Will.

Posted by: McLobo | September 29, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Again Lisa, your biases toward a conservative caught you with your credibility pants down. You are the Washington Post's Jayson Blair. Embarassing!

Posted by: IamWright | September 29, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

I saw last night's Macy's Stars of Dance performance described elsewhere as "an eclectic sequence of dance and aerobics". It did remind me somewhat of an olio comprising elements of Cirque du Soleil (sp?), Pilobelus, ballet, and acrobatics. I think I preferred last year's "Macy's Stars" set choreographed by our-own-from- Virginia Beach Travis Wall (and winner-subsequent choreographer on So You Think You Can Dance) and Nuttin But Strings, whom--I confess--I first saw on America's Got Talent.

Also really enjoyed Janelle Monae's guest performance last night. (And wasn't she, too on So You Think You Can Dance?) I've recorded the results show...I wonder if I can learn those slippery slick dance moves that she and her back-up (front-up?) dancers do....

Posted by: zerodefect01 | September 29, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Why did Bruno say "Fox is waiting"?

Palin was booed. ABC can spin it all they want, but not only did the 8 scores get APPLAUDED as they were given out, but NOBODY around Palin was applauding - and did you see the disgusted looks on the faces of the people behind her?

Palin herself looked very discombobulated - you could see her composing herself and pasting a phony smile on her face. She knew she was booed and there was not one thing she could do about it.

She often brings a kid with her to events so she won't get booed. Didn't work at the hockey game and didn't work here.

ABC's super special secret tape proves nothing except that there was booing going on AFTER the scores had been APPLAUDED and if anything, it weakens their case.

But a blogger who was THERE claims that Palin was booed. So typical of the Bushington Post to not ask somebody who was in the audience.

Posted by: solsticebelle | September 29, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

OMG, then what happened???!!?

Posted by: WrongDog | September 29, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

NO ONE would boo Palin?
IS that what they're trying to assert?

33% of REPUBLICANS like her. 33%.

That leaves nearly 70% of Repbulicans who don't and the democrats.
And those who think the daugther is a little trashy. And/or not a role model for
anything but other trashies.

Posted by: whistling | September 29, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

It's not cocaine, it's meth. Palin was mayor of Alaska's meth capital, after all. And look at her kid's names: Track, Bristol, Piper, Willow, Trig. You have to be on something to come up with those kinds of names. Bristol is probably the least oddity in name, if not Willow (a tree). Heck, look at her grandkid's name = Tripp.

And look at how dumb she is. Well, maybe that's natural.

Posted by: fbutler1 | September 29, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

the illegitimate grandmother was BOOED, this from someone in the audience.
why would any one believe the spin the producers want to shove down the public's' throat, they are also trying to justify the unwed mother being on the show.
this show is the burial ground of unelectable washed up's also very rigged, how else would you explain the same score for the pregnant looking teenager and ms grey an accomplished entertainer.

Posted by: ninnafaye | September 29, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

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