They dive right in to the results on Dancing With the Stars tonight. I have whiplash.
Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer are safe. Brandy and Maksim Chmerkovskiy are "in jeopardy."
There's a lot of argument about whether they were too harsh on Michael Bolton, but I'm too tired for this drama, so I'm not recounting.
Kyle and Lacey reprise last night's quickstep. It's still good, but we saw this already.
Then Janelle Monae performs "Tightrope," and when they announce her, I literally let out a little "squee" of glee. I adore her! But you know, she just performed on So You Think You Can Dance on Aug. 5. But whatever, I'm glad for her to get more exposure.
After that, it's time to talk about last night's booing and how it was for Jennifer Grey's scores and not for Sarah Palin. Brooke Burke shows a clip of the judges giving their scores, and then a slow build of booing. Brooke says how "the press" made a big deal about people booing for Sarah Palin. Well, Brooke, perhaps we should cut to a clip of how it looked on live television -- the booing wasn't audible for quite a while after the scores were announced, and then the cut was to Tom Bergeron sitting with Sarah Palin. It was live TV; it was weird. But it's not like some giant conspiracy. Anyway, yes, it's obvious now that the crowd was booing the scores, but not as immediately as they usually do. So can we move on now?
More results: Florence Henderson and Corky Ballas and Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas are safe. The Situation and Karina Smirnoff are still in jeopardy. Also, Audrina Patridge and Tony Dovolani are safe. Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough are safe, too. (Duh.)
Next is the Macy's Stars of Dance performance, which is an eclectic mix of dance and acrobatics to "Every Little Thing She Does is Magic." This is followed by a performance by Seal.
More results: Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya and Margaret Cho and Louis Van Amstel learn they are safe.
Brooke interviews Michael Bolton, who says it's been an incredible experience, but last night, "Bruno was inappropriate and disrespectful," and he's ready for the next one, whatever happens. Self-seriousness doesn't really serve contestants on this show well. Just sayin'.
Last of the results: Rick Fox and Cheryl Burke are safe. After the break, so are Brandy and Maksim Chmerkovskiy and, inexplicably, The Situation and Karina Smirnoff.
The eliminated couple is Michael Bolton and Chelsie Hightower. Michael says he's disappointed, and Chelsie says it's been an honor to work with him.
So, are you surprised? Do you think it was the judges' fault? I think they are prone to overstatement -- it's their bread and butter, and no contestant should be surprised to hear weird and goofy comments, especially if it's a riff on the theme of their dance. Also, he was bad. My take is, Michael Bolton has been successful for a long time, and he's used to being good at things, and he really, really wanted to be good at this, and he struggled with it being such a challenge for him.
Let me know what you think in the comments.