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With game shows removed from the conversation, reality TV inarguably features a LOT of people getting touchy-feely with one another in a slew of different ways. And it's a no-brainer that close contact happens during ABC's long-running hit Dancing with the Stars, although last night's big Season 24 premiere featured one contestant-and-dancer moment that was almost hot enough to kick the sprinkler system on. Well, not really, but it was still an amusingly awkward slice of Live TV. Check out this off-stage bit between heartthrob bull rider Bonner Bolton and pro dancer Sharna Burgess.
Not the best time for cameras to be lurking about, right? It's a moment that's built for an emoji of the Tex Avery Wolf pulling his shirt collar two feet away from his neck while whistling. Bonner Bolton and Sharna Burgess were already destined to become Social Media Legends for their time on Dancing with the Stars' premiere, given the redonk amount of chemistry they seem to exude in each other's presence, but this lil snafu here propelled them beyond the stratosphere. Where, incidentally, Bolton would likely also have enviable chemistry with asteroids and decommissioned satellites.
Thankfully, this pre-pawing was nothing so salacious or slimy as other reality shows, as Bonner Bolton was just caught up in the moment and wasn't fully aware of his surroundings, or where those surroundings were in relation to his drooping hand. And Burgess was quick and professional about roadblocking it all. Here's how Bolton explained it to Entertainment Tonight after the show.
I was just stargazed by Nick and Peta's performance and I was looking at the TV screen. I felt her bump into me yet I wasn't really looking at what was bumping into me. There was some hand placement that went south, so to speak, [that was] totally unintentional.
While the episode had some duds going for it, Dancing with the Stars featured several couples who wowed viewers with their skills and personal connections, but there's nothing dark horse (or dark bull) about Bonner Bolton and Sharna Burgess in this competition. Bolton's story alone is worth rooting for, as he was paralyzed in early 2016 and almost completely recovered in a very short time, which then led to a pronounced modeling career. The dude already has legions of doe-eyed fans gazing at him, and once he hit the stage with Burgess' fiery presence, they could have just called the show right there.
With lots more touching and going on the way, Dancing with the Stars airs Monday nights on ABC at 8:00 p.m. ET. If you're looking for more to watch than Mr. T cutting a rug - though I cannot imagine why you would be - head to our midseason premiere schedule and our summer TV guide to check out what'll arrive on the small screen in the coming months.