Who is Michael Bolton? Rocker to make TV debut with 'The Celebrity Dating Game'

Michael Bolton, frontman of rock band Blackjack, will also don the hat of executive producer for 'Celebrity Dating Game'

                            Who is Michael Bolton? Rocker to make TV debut with 'The Celebrity Dating Game'
Michael Bolton is the co-host and executive producer of 'The Celebrity Dating Game' on ABC (Instagram/michaelboltonpics)

Monday evenings are set to be all the more exciting, especially for ABC network viewers. 'The Bachelor' franchise has begun its nine-month run on the network starting June 7 with the premiere of Katie Thurston's season of 'The Bachelorette'. The second episode of this fan-favorite show will be followed by a fresh new series based on dating and it's called 'The Celebrity Dating Game' which will be co-hosted by Zooey Deschanel and Michael Bolotin, popularly known by his stage name Michael Bolton who is also executive producing the show. 

The summary of the show on ABC's website states, "'The Celebrity Dating Game' offers a wry wink at modern dating with a star-studded roster of celebrity singles from television, music, comedy, reality TV, and feature film in their pursuit to find love. Offering the same iconic feel as the original classic dating show, each episode follows two celebrities who each pick one lucky suitor from a hidden panel of three bachelors and/or bachelorettes based on answers to a variety of questions." If it appears simple right now, fret not, there is an interesting twist.


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"The celebrity identities will remain a mystery to their suitors, who are given clues via hilarious parody song performances by host Michael Bolton," the summary continues. Bolton has quite a role to play here with the matchmaking process and not only does it sound great, but the trailer also reveals the final result is outright hilarious. Here's what you need to know about Deschanel's co-host who from the trailer looks like he's about to be the star of ABC's newest offering. 

Singer Michael Bolton performs onstage at the fourth annual UNICEF Audrey Hepburn® Society Ball on May 24, 2017 in Houston, Texas (Getty Images)


Who is Michael Bolton?

Michael Bolton is a singer-songwriter who first started making music in the mid-'70s. He started as the frontman of the rock band Blackjack performing hard rock and heavy metal genres with the group as well as his solo albums. He then switched his music style and shifted to pop-rock in the late '80s. Bolton's website states that he has sold more than 65 million records across the world and he continues to tour even now. 

The musician has won two times out of four at the Grammy's where he was nominated for Best Pop Male Vocal Performance. He's been awarded six American Music Awards, received three Emmy award nominations, as well as a dedicated star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Bolton has achieved a lot of success with his musical career, nine of his studio albums have ranked in the Top Ten, nine single have charted number one, and he has worked with some of the biggest stalwarts of the past as well as current times. He has brought his artistic genius to the work of Lady Gaga, Bob Dylan, David Foster, and his songs have been recorded by the likes of KISS, Kanye West, Jay Z, Cher, and Mark Anthony. 

Michael Bolton attends the premiere of Quiver Distribution's "The Fanatic" at the Egyptian Theatre on August 22, 2019, in Hollywood, California (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images)

Bolton is an entertainer and in his time in the limelight, he has donned a number of hats including that of an actor and director. Some of his television and movie credits include 'Meet Wally Sparks', 'Two and a Half Men' and 'The Nanny' and he appeared as himself in all three projects where he was seen in a cameo appearance. He also appeared in 'Celebrity Duets', the show on Fox network where he played one of Lucy Lawless's partners. He was also a contestant on Season 11 of 'Dancing with the Stars' but his run on the show wasn't impressive and he was ousted in the second week. He also starred as himself in a Pizza Hut commercial. 

Bolton is also a humanitarian who founded the Michale Bolton Charities organization to assist women and children amid poverty as well as emotional, physical and sexual abuse. He also serves as the chairman of Prevent Child Abuse America, This Close for Cancer Research, and is a board member for the National Mentoring Partnership and the Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital. 

Singer Michael Bolton attends a celebration of the Los Angeles engagement of "On Your Feet!", the Emilio and Gloria Estefan Broadway musical, at the Pantages Theatre on July 10, 2018, in Hollywood, California (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)

Catch Michael Bolton host 'The Celebrity Dating Game' which premieres on June 14 at 10 pm ET on ABC.

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