On ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ Another One Bites the Dust

Margaret Cho and Louis Van Amstel (Photo: ABC)

Margaret Cho and Louis Van Amstel (Photo: ABC)

Oh my, where to start? Who got eliminated on ‘Dancing with the Stars‘ Tuesday night? Did Bruno Tonioli finally apologize to Michael Bolton? How did that dueling violin-guitar extravaganza go down? So much to write about, so little time.

OK, let’s start with the big news: Margaret Cho and Louis Van Amstel were the third couple sent packing.

Let’s face it, it was expected … since Week 1! Cho has regularly received some of the lowest scores and the strength of her fanbase was always questionable. The viewer support simply wasn’t there.

In parting, Margaret said, “I thought the judges were really hard on me – but I think they were hard on me because you can see I’m a dancer for real.” She added, “I was surprised, because I had the best teacher and the best partner. Thank you for the opportunity to let me dance.”

The four lowest-scoring couples of the night were Margaret and Louis, Bristol and Mark, Kyle and Lacey, and Rick and Cheryl. Kyle was sent to safety first and then Rick, leaving it down to Margaret and Bristol in the bottom two.

When I caught up with Margaret and Louis after the show, the funny lady said she was glad to leave on a high note. “I’m so proud of our dance and I’m so proud of our message and I’m really glad we got to do it. We got to wear the rainbow colors and really represent and dance about pride and to me that’s so important.” Right on, I say.

Onto Mr. Bolton: After being unceremoniously booted last week, the crooner returned to the stage to show us his true talents. He belted out “Hallelujah,” the song that Susan Boyle was scheduled to sing before having to bail due to a sore throat. Married dance pros Jonathan Roberts and Anna Trebunskaya danced along beautifully to the performance.

Bolton said he was “surprised, but very happy” to be asked back, and that it was great to see all the dancers and stars again because, he said, “we all bonded.” And, no, while Bruno – along with fellow judges Len Goodman and Carrie Ann Inaba – gave the performance a standing ovation, no comments were made about Bruno-Gate. Oh well. Let’s put that issue to bed, shall we?

Elsewhere on the show, everyone backstage erupted first in “Whaaaattt???” and then with “Ohhhhhh” when poor Cheryl Burke got confused when they said she and partner Rick Fox were in jeopardy. She mistakenly took it as good news, turned and hugged Rick with glee, and then when she realized the mishap, looked mighty embarrassed. Eh, it happens. I thought it was actually kind of a cute mistake.

“I seriously could not hear,” Cheryl told us after the show. “They said our name with such excitement: Rick and Cheryl!!!! It’s the most embarrassing moment I think I’ve ever had in my whole life.”

Did ‘Dancing’ ‘Get’ Margaret Cho’s Humor?

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Gotta say, I found the judges’ choice for the encore dance – The Situation and Karina Smirnoff’s time-traveling trip through to the Fox Trot – an odd one. Shouldn’t the encore be the judges’ favorite performance? Isn’t it supposed to be an honor to be asked to dance again – and a treat for the audience? That was no treat.

Len described their dance as “possibly not the best dance of the evening, however there was something fascinating about it.” I give him that. I mean, smoke, strobe lights, futurist outfits…. Fascinating stuff indeed.

Filling up the time until the big announcement was also Ne-Yo, who performed his smash, “One in a Million.” And, as for that Mark Ballas on guitar vs. Val Chmerkovskiy on violin face-off to Britney Spear’s “Toxic” with pro dancers Tanisha Belnap and Lacey Schwimmer, well, it was everything I expected: Oh so dramatic! Who do you think won the battle? I think Tanisha did, with that fancy legwork over her head. Holy flexibility, Batman!

Best off-air moment: They brought up a little girl who was in the audience and gave her a ‘DWTS’ T-shirt, and The Situation took off his black leather studded bracelet and put it on her tiny arm. So cute.

Here is how this week’s contestants stacked up:

Audrina Patridge and Tony Dovolani: 26
Brandy and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 24
Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough: 24
Rick Fox and Cheryl Burke: 24
Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya: 23
Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer: 23
Florence Henderson and Corky Ballas: 20
Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino and Karina Smirnoff: 20
Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas: 19
Margaret Cho and Louis Van Amstel: 18

Think America got it right? If not, who did you want to see packing?

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