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Margaret Cho is out on 'Dancing with the Stars' while Michael Bolton comes back to sing

The results show on "Every Dance Must Tell a Story" Week opens with the judges requesting that The Situation and Karina repeat their dance from the previous night.

They once again perform the story of a man and a woman who, after stepping into a time machine, are unable to hear a Black Eyed Peas song playing, and decide to ignore the music altogether and foxtrot to an entirely different rhythm while waiting in line for a midnight showing of "Rocky Horror Picture Show."


Margaret Cho performs Monday night on "Dancing With the Stars."(ABC/Adam Larkey) | MORE PHOTOS

On second viewing, we noticed how super-careful The Situation is moving around the floor, like a guy taking a drunk test by the side of the road. Show host Tom Bergeron notes they can now amortize the cost of the time machine.

Celebrities Audrina Patridge, Kyle Massey and Kurt Warner are brought up on stage with their partners. The director rolls footage of three entirely different competitors from the previous night. We love live TV. Audrina is declared safe. Kurt is safe. Kyle is in jeopardy. As if.

Michael Bolton will stand in for Susan Boyle. Talk about a story night! Will Bolton, who we last saw dancing off with the Dick Nixon Sore Loser Trophy one week earlier, throw another hissy fit, or go all sullen like we saw in his dance rehearsal pre-recorded bits last week? Why has Bolton returned to this painful place? What's his motivation? Does "Dancing" have some kind of contract that says if you go in the first two rounds they own you for the rest of the season?

But first, R&B singer Ne-Yo performs an homage to Michael Jackson, down to the white socks. But his moves are like Jackson slowed down to the speed of say, a celebrity contestant on "Dancing with the Stars."

One taped bit with former celebrity dancer Donny Osmond later, it's time for three more celebrities -- Rick Fox, Brandy and Jennifer Grey -- to be brought out on stage, clip packages of three other people to roll, and Jennifer to be declared safe to perform another week.

Then "Dancing" backstage host Brooke Burke declares Rick and his dance partner Cheryl Burke to be "in jeopardy," but they think they're safe and begin to hug while the audience applauds enthusiastically.

"In. JEOPARDY!" Brooke shouts.

They begin to realize their mistake.

"I thought you were taking that really well," Bergeron jokes.

Brandy is declared safe. Rick and Cheryl aren't in the clear yet.

Rick and Kyle - both in jeopardy -- chat with Burke, who mentions that Rick's dance partner had ripped open his shirt the previous night and look where it got him. Rick snaps back that it was a pleasant surprise to go home and have his "wardrobe malfunction there also."

"Actually, he took all the buttons off all his clothes," Kyle cracks.

"And that's our metaphor for the night," Bergeron jokes. Try coming up with a line like that on the fly, Mr. Emmy Winner for Best Reality Competition Series, Jeff Probst!

Then, because "Dancing," unlike "American Idol," has no Ford Music Video, this show serves up Mark Ballas vs. Val Chmerkovskiy.

In order to appreciate this dance-pro smackdown , you must go deep into the murky mindset that spawns "Dancing with the Stars" -- that weird backwater of the brain where "Edelweiss," the Black Eyed Peas, teacher-student seductions and clumsy jocks in dance shoes all collide. Make sense of that and you will begin to understand how one guy squeaking away at a violin while another guy strumming a guitar, before they take turns swinging around some high-kicking blondes, is a form of competition.

Michael Bolton performs and -- yes! -- he has figured out a way to stick it to "Dancing." He comes in ahead of the beat of the band. Or maybe this floor is just bad news for him rhythm-wise, no matter what he's doing. A couple beats later the band catches up. He's singing "Hallelujah," the tune Susan Boyle was going to sing on the show Tuesday until she went and canceled.

When Bolton's done, Bergeron interviews him, and the cooling off period has done Bolton some good. He's mellowed out and is getting a big hand from the audience and judges seems to buck him up, even if everybody knows it's pity applause. The director keeps a camera glued on Bruno, who'd savaged Bolton's second and final dance performance. Bruno has a smile frozen on his face.

"By the way, Michael's tour resumes tomorrow night in Altoona, Iowa!" Bergeron concludes enthusiastically -- a little too enthusiastically not be ironic, maybe. Is a night back on "Dancing with the Stars" less painful than a night in Altoona, Iowa, for Michael Bolton?

More celebrity dancers are brought out: Bristol Palin, The Situation, Florence Henderson, Margaret Cho. Bristol and Margaret are in jeopardy. They join the others in jeopardy. We all know where this is heading.

They're out of time. Cho's gotta go.

"I thought the judges were really hard on me, but I think you were hard on me because you could see that I am a dancer for real. And I thank you for that," Cho begins to gush. "I will take that with me forever."

She was, in fact, a very bad dancer, though Bergeron insists that it was such a surprise on the show to discover that "you were good out there." Then it's roll tape and it's all about the healing: We're reminded that when Cho started training she did not realize she was "going into therapy" as she confronted her childhood demon: the memory of when somebody told her "You're the fattest ballerina," and she quit dancing. That is until the need for a mid-career boost drove her back into her ballet flats.

The show concludes with a weeping Cho and her partner Louis Van Amstel dancing a few steps before being enveloped by the hugs of the other dancers.

Watch this week's results:

Also -- backstage at "Dancing With the Stars," week 3:

By Lisa de Moraes  | October 6, 2010; 6:30 AM ET
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Comments

admire cho's spine for even doing it. but you know, she is one (how to write this and be pc) unattractive lady.

Posted by: joey3 | October 6, 2010 6:23 AM | Report abuse

The writer forgot to add a snarky comment about former contestant Brooke Burke now being the new 'spokesmodel' who talks to the current contestants after they dance.

Really, the show is BORING!!!!!The whole premise of 'Dancing with the STARS' was lost as soon as they brought in little-miss-nobody Bristol Palin just so her mommy would be seen in the audience at least once. Did the show producers have to pay her the $15-30K 'speaking fee' she think she 'earns' for her "I had a kid outside of marriage, but I'm gonna preach to you about abstinence" speech?
Has anyone given Bristol a pregnancy test lately? She's either preggers again, or she never lost the belly from her first kid.

Posted by: momof20yo | October 6, 2010 7:35 AM | Report abuse

The writer forgot to add a snarky comment about former contestant Brooke Burke now being the new 'spokesmodel' who talks to the current contestants after they dance.

Really, the show is BORING!!!!!The whole premise of 'Dancing with the STARS' was lost as soon as they brought in little-miss-nobody Bristol Palin just so her mommy would be seen in the audience at least once. Did the show producers have to pay her the $15-30K 'speaking fee' she think she 'earns' for her "I had a kid outside of marriage, but I'm gonna preach to you about abstinence" speech?
Has anyone given Bristol a pregnancy test lately? She's either preggers again, or she never lost the belly from her first kid.

Posted by: momof20yo | October 6, 2010 7:35 AM | Report abuse

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Wow! jealous much?

Posted by: COOLCHILLY | October 6, 2010 7:39 AM | Report abuse


Cho is a hag whose face could curdle milk.


Posted by: screwjob21 | October 6, 2010 7:42 AM | Report abuse

screwjob21, how appropriate is that name? Your comment is completely out of line and, as usual for folks who dub themselves screwjob, completely racist and homophobic.

Posted by: Woodie731 | October 6, 2010 7:57 AM | Report abuse


An appropriate name to tick off anal retentive twits.


Posted by: screwjob21 | October 6, 2010 8:09 AM | Report abuse

Lisa de Morales must have a constitution of steel to cope with this assignment week after week.

Posted by: merrill1 | October 6, 2010 8:28 AM | Report abuse

Folks, please, have some dignity. Stop watching this show. Please.

Posted by: password11 | October 6, 2010 8:52 AM | Report abuse

"screwjob21, how appropriate is that name? Your comment is completely out of line and, as usual for folks who dub themselves screwjob, completely racist and homophobic.

Posted by: Woodie731 | October 6, 2010 7:57 AM"

Ok Woodie, I'll bite. What exactly did screwjob say that was racist? Let me guess, again, again and again the word racist is being overused and yet becomes once again irrelevant.

Posted by: crazydude | October 6, 2010 8:59 AM | Report abuse

How soon can Mike "the Mutt" Situation go away. The only situation is that he is a boring moronic cretin with an IQ equal to his belt size. I don't even watch this trash and he annoys me.

The same with that trailer trash Palin.

Posted by: xconservative | October 6, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Glad she's gone. She was rejected form the comedy circuit because of her America-hating, leftist political comments, and now she tried to get sympathy for the gay rights crowd.

She's both ugly inside and out.

Posted by: Smarg | October 6, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Watch out Smarg, someone might call you a racist!!!!! But I guess it's ok what xconservative said....unless it's said against a minority of course.

Posted by: crazydude | October 6, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

I like the show, unfortunately the news is on another channel.

Posted by: garys_opinion | October 6, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

I'm feeling ya "momof20yo." The only thing this girl has ever done in life is having a baby. And yet she's able to garner a potential 300k a year income because of her poor judgment. Guess it goes to show that there's no justice in life, just luck!
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... they brought in little-miss-nobody Bristol Palin just so her mommy would be seen in the audience at least once. Did the show producers have to pay her the $15-30K 'speaking fee' she think she 'earns' for her "I had a kid outside of marriage, but I'm gonna preach to you about abstinence" speech?


Posted by: lwilliamson1 | October 6, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Why are we so mean spirited in this Country? We delight in tearing people down rather than building them up. Let's be kind and gentle.

Posted by: fasm7700 | October 6, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

What a bunch of Palin stalkers. You don't even know how stupid you sound. Sounds like jealousy to me. As for Bristol having a baby at an early age....Just walk around town or go on the metro and look at all the local teens with their own kids. Pretty impressive.

Posted by: crazydude | October 6, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Margaret was the weakest dancer and needed to go. Next in line should be Brandy Norwood, both for her surly attitude, and also for her terrible technique. Her legs open so wide you could fit a boat between them and her arms are all over the place. It's painful to watch her and Maks struggle through the moves with their non-existent chemistry. Send her home!

Posted by: 2426 | October 6, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

This is the first season I did not tune in. The celebs are the weakest picks the show has ever selected to compete. I think the show has run its course, and won't be surprised if this is one of the last seasons it will be on. On another note, I do think Brooke Burke is a much better co-host than Samantha was, Brooke seems more sincere when she is interviewing after the dances.

Posted by: jeiken | October 6, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

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