EXCLUSIVE: Bonner Bolton Wants to Go on a Date With Someone From 'DWTS' -- and It's Not Sharna Burgess!
By Desiree Murphy
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Bonner Bolton is "definitely 100 percent single," but he has his eyes on a special lady.
Ahead of his appearances at Las Vegas' Helldorado Days Festival and the Miss USA pageant, the professional bull rider stopped by ET's Los Angeles studio for a Facebook Live interview on Thursday, where he gave us the scoop on his dating life, and which Dancing With the Stars competitor he'd like to take on a date!
"I like a girl that's outgoing, got a lot going on for herself, but, you know, not too into herself... gotta be independent," he told ET's Lauren Zima. "Someone who's positive and beautiful on the inside and out."
Ever since Bolton made his ballroom debut, rumors began swirling that he and his pro partner, Sharna Burgess, were more than just a dancing duo. While their chemistry on the show was certainly undeniable, the 29-year-old athlete set the record straight on their relationship while chatting with ET.
"We're great friends," he said. "This experience has put both of us through a lot, you know, and we've remained professional throughout the entire thing. It's not ever crossed the line of dating. Her and I were definitely intrigued by each other -- her being Australian, you know, the spicy Australian with the accent -- and she's a beautiful girl and a great person. But I think we're definitely better off friends and it's gonna stay that way."
But for fans who have been hoping for a DWTS romance, the heartthrob is interested in someone on the show -- Fifth Harmony star Normani Kordei!
"You know what, I love that girl. She is just so beautiful inside and out, when she walks in the room, the whole room lights up," he gushed. "She is such a sweetheart and [was] an encouragement to me the whole time I was there. She's obviously the top performer that came on the show, who's out there killin' it in her real life every day. I respect her and admire her a whole lot, and I really am thankful she asked me to be a part of her number, that was super special."
"I think she is a beautiful lady, and if she asked me out on a date, I would sure enough go," he added.
Fans immediately began blowing up the comments section, asking if Bolton would ever consider taking the 20-year-old singer on a date. What happened next was epic!
"Normani, will you go out on a date with me?" he asked. "I don't know, we'll see what she says. Hopefully she's watching. Normani, it would be an honor to go on a date with you ma'am."
Pending her response, Bonner told us he'd for sure let ET come along on the date to Facebook Live it (stay tuned for updates).
"You know what? If she says 'yes,' that's a promise!" he exclaimed.
As easy as it may seem to make this happen, the Odessa, Texas, native revealed that he actually never got a chance to ask Kordei for her number. In fact, he didn't get to spend much time with her at all.
"I wanted to get her number after the dance the other night, but I had to get out of there so fast for the flight to New York, because I got kicked off the show," he explained. "I didn't even have a chance to say goodbye to her."
"I'll get to see her at the finale for sure," he continued. "I would like to [ask for her number] in person, if I get to."
This adorable moment comes just three days after Bolton was eliminated from the dance competition show's 24th season. He made a surprise cameo in Kordei's trio dance, a sexy Southern-themed jive to "Feeling Alive" by Earl St. Clair with her pro partner, Val Chmerkovskiy, and troupe dancer Alan Bersten.
In her pre-taped interview package, Kordei couldn't help herself from gushing over Bolton's charm, blushing and giggling while describing him when asked to explain how she likes her Southern gentlemen.
Hear more highlights from Monday's show in the video below!