Well, readers, you're three for three so far this season. You gave Margaret Cho a sad score of 3.15 for her proud, colorful samba, and viewers agreed that it was the worst dance. The funny lady was given the boot after just three weeks.
I have to say, I'm a little surprised. The story in Cho's dance -- a message of acceptance and embracing who you are -- was timely and inspiring in light of recent events, and probably earned her some extra support, though clearly not enough. Then again, it IS a dance competition, and as heartfelt as her performance was, it wasn't quite up to par. (On the other hand, much worse celeb dancers have lasted longer. I'm looking at you, Kate Gosselin.)
Though the show was crammed with filler before finally sending Cho off, at least it was more interesting this week. The Mark Ballas versus Val Chmerkovskiy routine was captivating. Who knew a performance of Britney Spears' "Toxic" could be that rockin'? (It's a good thing Val and brother Maks weren't on the screen at the same time. My TV would have likely started smoking from the high level of studliness.)
Then there was former contender Michael Bolton's return to the "Dancing" stage -- to sing "Hallelujah," not dance, thank goodness. (Susan Boyle was originally scheduled to perform the song, but canceled yesterday due to reportedly being ill.) The tension was evident, though. When the audience and judges applauded Bolton's performance, the cameras focused in on Bruno Tonioli, who had a rather stiff smile pasted on his face. Alas, there was no drama. Bolton didn't demand an apology -- again -- from the brutally honest judge, and Tonioli said nothing.