Dancing With The Stars Season 11 Cast Profile: Michael Bolton
Get to know Michael Bolton of Dancing With The Stars Season 11 on ABC.
Michael Bolton joins the cast of Dancing With The Stars Season 11 tonight on ABC. Get to know a little about Michael Bolton before he hits the dance floor in the 2010 premiere of Dancing With The Stars.
Michael Bolton is best known as a singer and songwriter. Bolton began his recording career in 1975, but didn’t find real success until 1983 when he co-wrote the song “How am I Supposed to Live Without You” with Laura Branigan. Michael Bolton followed that with a string of hits through the 80’s and early 90’s. One of his biggest hits was his cover of the Otis Redding classic “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of a Bay”. From 1990 – 1994 he had three consecutive albums go to #1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and had six top 10 singles including two number 1 hits “When a Man Loves A Woman” and “How Am I Supposed To Live Without You”. His appearance on Dancing With the Stars hasn’t been very highly publicized (he even missed the first group photo), but he might surprise a few people.
While Michael Bolton found huge success on the charts, he also set a record in the courtroom. In May of 2000 a US court of appeals confirmed a ruling against Bolton claiming that his 1991 hit “Love Is a Wonderful Thing” infringed on the 1964 Isley Brothers song of the same name. Bolton, his co-writer Andrew Goldmark and his record company Sony Music were ordered to pay a total of 5.4 million in damages. At that time it was the largest payout in musical copyright infringement history.
Michael Bolton has also been known for dating some high profile women including Nicolette Sheridan and Teri Hatcher. Bolton was engaged to Sheridan, but they never married. Bolton has three adult daughters and has continued to release records as recently as this year although he has yet to be able to reproduce the success he had in the 80’s in the 90’s.
Odds Makers have Michael Bolton as +1500 in the odds to win Dancing With The Stars. This puts him right in the middle of the pack. He could strike a chord with older viewers who remember and love his music and his background, as a performer will help him handle the pressure of learning the dances and performing them live.
Catch Michael Bolton on the Dancing With The Stars Season 11 premiere tonight at 8|7c on ABC.
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