Bonner Bolton will compete with pro Sharna Burgess on season 24 of ‘DWTS,’ which premieres Monday at 8 p.m. on ABC

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In a “Dancing With the Stars” season stuffed with pro dancers, Olympic athletes and beloved pop culture figures, could Bonner Bolton be the man beat?

Bolton, a 29-year-old bull rider and professional model, is one of the least famous contestants competing on “DWTS” this season, but his good looks along with down-home appeal and a near-death experience (he was temporarily paralyzed after a bull riding accident in 2016) could prove to be a winning combination.

The former worked for Nyle DiMarco, the deaf model and actor who won “DWTS” in season 22, and the latter helped NASCAR driver James Hinchcliffe make the finals last season. (That, and they both turned out to be terrific dancers.)

Here’s what you need to know about Bolton:

— The Texas native is a second-generation cowboy with four brothers and sisters (Brody, Bridger, Brylee and Bliss) who fell in love with the sport through his father, Toya, a rodeo cowboy for 20 years. In an interview for fatherly.com, he says his father didn’t push him to compete because the sport is so dangerous, but his father also told him this: “No matter what you choose to do in life, you’re going to do it with your whole heart, otherwise you’re not going to see success from it.”

— Bolton attended Odessa College and Texas Technical Academy on bull riding scholarships (he studied art at Texas Tech) before qualifying as a professional bull rider in 2007, the same year he became a world champion.

— You might have also seen him in 2015’s “The Longest Ride,” based on the Nicholas Sparks novel, as Scott Eastwood’s …read more

Source:: New Jersey Real -Time Entertainment

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