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Michael Bolton was sent packing from the "Dancing with the Stars" ballroom on Tuesday night, but he's not going quietly. This morning, during a segment on "Good Morning America," Bolton was shown being interviewed backstage after last night's results and commenting once again that judge Bruno Tonioli's remarks on Monday night's competition show were in appropriate. Bruno called Bolton's jive "the worst jive in 12 seasons" of the show. He promptly awarded Bolton a "3" for his dancing efforts.

In that taped interview this morning, Bolton demanded a public apology from Bruno and that the judge should be "reprimanded for it. "He also reiterated the fact that his 90-year-old mom had flown out for the show Monday night.

So what do you think? Should Bruno apologize publicly to Bolton? Let me know!

Bolton sent packing from the 'Dancing with the Stars' ballroom

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It came down to Michael Bolton, Brandy and The Situation, standing in the eerie red light and the creepy elimination music on tonight's "Dancing with the Stars" results show. And then it was down to The SItuation and Bolton, And when all the drama was over, it was Bolton who was voted off the show tonight.

It's perhaps an understatement to say the few were surprised by the outcome after so much drama the past two days. Was it Bruno's "3" that sealed Bolton's fate?

Bolton did have his say earlier: "Bruno was inappropriate and disrespectful" he told Brooke Burke just prior to learning he was out of the competition.

It's on to Week 3. Hopefully there will be less drama and MUCH more improved dancing.

Ok, so 24 hours ago, there was a moment on "Dancing with the Stars" when it seemed to some out there in television land that the ballroom was booing Sarah Palin. The "moment" occurred just after Jennifer Grey and Mark Ballas got their 8s from the judges. On tonight's results show, raw video tape footage from Monday night was played to show the world that the ballroom was booing those aforementioned 8s, and the three judges.... not Ma Palin. So there you have it.

Earlier tonight, the show spent a ridiculous amount of time having judge Bruno Tonioli explain his score of 3 for Michael Bolton's dismal jive Monday night. Seems some of you out there in television land thought his score and his remarks Monday night were just too harsh for Bolton to handle. Boo-hoo-hoo. The jive was awful and the 3 was just about right. Sorry, Bruno had every right to score as he saw it. Judge Len Goodman did point out the fact that he tries to give constructive criticism as well as scores.

ABC went to great lengths to set the record straight tonight. I can't recall any other reality show that has done something similar. Why the need to explain scores and booing and hurt feelings?

Just some musings at 7:45 as we wait and WAIT and WAIT to find out who goes home. Oh and by the way, if it's Bolton, it wasn't Bruno's score that sent him home. It was his crummy dancing. Can anyone say David Hasselhoff?

They saved the most publicity-guaranteed celeb for last tonight, as Bristol Palin stepped on to the ballroom for her quickstep with Mark Ballas. But first, we were treated to video of Bristol taking her partner Mark Ballas home to meet her mom Sarah Palin, and to take in all that Alaska wilderness beauty. Mom gave her daughter a sweet pep talk/encouraging words.. and yet, was it jsut me, or did Bristol hesitate to hug her mom? Just asking...

Bristol gets the award for the most matronly costume of the night (Florence Henderson looked younger and sexier in her lovely gown) .... what was the wardrobe department thinking?

Speaking of ghastly situations....His cha-cha was justt plain awful last week.... and this week's quick step was as flat-footed as flat-footed can be... and once again The Situation proved he can't dance.


Top of the leaderboard for a second week in a row was Jennifer Grey! And deservedly so. Her jive was incredible! And what an announcement she had for viewers!! "Dancing with the Stars saved my life," she gushed. It was during a physical exam last fall for the show that doctors discovered cancer in her neck; several surgeries and a plate and screws in her neck and the actress says she's perfectly fine.

CELEB QUOTE OF THE NIGHT:
"I've been booed by thousands of people, so one old guy from England, I think I can handle that." Kurt Warner, about judge Len Goodman's trashing his Viennese waltz in week one.

JUDGE QUOTE OF THE NIGHT:
"Your hands are the size of frying pans".... Bruno Tonioli to former quarterback Kurt Warner

So who's going Tuesday night?
It should be Michael Bolton. No, it MUST be he! Bolton scored the first-ever 3 for a dance in the ballroom!!!

Leave it to Mama Sarah Palin to cheer on her favorite daughter Bristol, or as she likes to call her... Bristol the Pistol. Look for this on T-shirts in the very near future.. natch.

And Jennifer Gray was ROBBED by the judges. Her incredible jive deserved 9s considering she and Derek Hough were light-years beyond the previous jive by Audrina Patridge and Tony Dovolani....

Can't wait for the video of Tony getting his legs waxed (he vowed he would if he and Audrina did not get 3 8s from the judges... alas, Bruno delivered the lone 7 from the judges' panel.... Can Tony say OUCH!

Week 2 of 'Dancing with the Stars' kicks off with an historic 3

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I don't know what's scarier.... Michael Bolton rehearsing in a surgical mask (he was diagnosed with laryngitis) or emerging from a dog house to a bone-wagging Chelsie Hightower. Or Hightower's lame explanation for her crappy choreography. Combine all that with his dismal footwork, forgotten steps and you have the first-ever 3 in the history of the ballroom (total score: 12).

But that was the state of events so far tonight on week 2 of the competition on "Dancing with the Stars."

And can someone explain why Brandy got 7s for her yawn of a jive?

God love Florence Henderson for hanging in there for a quickstep that was very demanding. Proved her age is perhaps not going to stand in her way this season.

Seen in the ballroom: Susan Olsen (Cindy Brady!) and of course, Mama Sarah Palin to cheer for first daughter Bristol!

The Hoff exits the ballroom

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David Hasselhoff chalked up the first elimination of the season on "Dancing with the Stars" tonight. It all came down to The Hoff and young Kyle Massey, but in the end, the aging star just didn't have the fan base to pull ahead of the former Disney Channel star.

ABC must be in panic mode, since The Hoff was supposed to be one of the season's biggest draws.

Who wouldda thunk it? We're just minutes away (feels like DAYS on this insufferable two-hour results show) from finding out who will be the first celebrity to exit the ballroom on season 11 of "Dancing with the Stars."

And who could have predicted that "THE" boys--- The Situation and The Hoff would be left to possibly face the music in the very first elimination round?

Yup.... despite the hype and the build-up and all the talk of huge fan bases, David Hasselhoff and Mike Sorrentino find themselves in jeopardy and could be leaving "Dancing with the Stars" tonight. Chalk it up to their very low scores Monday night, or to fans who just can't stand to see their boys in sequins, or perhaps it's one of those "wow" moments when American proves that neither of the two has much in the way of fans.

The night's brightest spots so far? Adam Carolla's hilarious travelogue of dance history. And Santana's duet with India.Arie on "While My Guitar Gently Weeps." Sultry and gorgeous.

Season 11 of 'Dancing with the Stars' a most promising one?

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The premiere of season 11 of "Dancing with the Stars" was like a breath of fresh air. Not only is the line up the most interesting of the past five seasons, but it also promises to be one of the most talked about --- courtesy of some very high-profile competitors ---- and one of the most even (and grotesquely tanned) fields this show has cultivated in years.

Let's get the obvious out of the way: Sarah Palin did not show up as long-rumored to cheer on her little girl, Bristol. No matter, the night was every bit as cheery as any smile Ma Palin has ever mustered along the campaign trail.

And let's get the rest of the obvious out of the way: The five most-anticipated dancers were saved, SURPRISE, for the second-half of the evening. These included the aforementioned Bristol, Jennifer Grey, Michael Bolton, MIke "The Situation" Sorrentino and David Hasselhoff. And to no one's surprise they provided some of the biggest laughs and emotional highlights of the night.

Bolton, who found it necessary to remind us that he's a singer, was stiff and disengaged as he flat-footed his way around the ballroom. Partner Chelsie Hightower did as much as she could with his robotic progressions. Call it one big yawner. Their score: 16.

Palin, who started out her routine in a conservative suit a la mommy dearest, quickly shed the suit and a little bit of her inhibitions as she criss-crossed the ballroom to "Mama Told Me Not to Come." No sizzling footwork, though she showed genuine spunk throughout partner Mark Ballas' choreography. She also proved she has no problem navigating the world of spray tans. Score: 18.

The Situation (what a ridiculous moniker, honestly!) was equally ridiculous on the dance floor. Yes, he only had 5 days to rehearse, but for someone who spends such a great deal of his life inside dance clubs up and down the entire east coast, one would think he'd have at least a sense of rhythm. Oh ya, I forgot, he doesn't go to clubs to dance. His partner Karina Smirnoff was obviously dressed in homage to Edyta Sliwinska. Their dismal debut netted a score of 15.

Jennifer Grey provided the drama tonight, bursting into tears during rehearsals with partner Derek Hough, as she was catapulted back in time to well, you know. We knew it was gbound to happen. But she was genuinely overcome with grief, remembering the late Patrick Swayze. But all was OK when she danced one of the best routines of the night. Her waltz earned her a leaderboard topping 24, and a floodgate of tears from judge Carrie Ann Inaba. And I wondering how many "Dirty Dancing" quips Bruno Tonioli will come up with? Tonight's : "She's back where she belongs."

Ah, and then there was The Hoff. Oh David Hasselhoff. Simon Cowel might have predicted you'd win, but maybe he should have waited until tonight's episode to make that ridiculous proclamation. Judges Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli summed it up quite nicely:
Len: "It's never too early to panic."
Bruno: "It's a pot pourri of insanity."
Couldn't have described it better myself.
Score a generous 15 for The Hoff.

The rest of the pack? Pop singer Brandy turned in a lovely Viennese waltz with partner Maksim Chermkovsky (score: 23) that puts her in the serious contender category. Florence Henderson (partnered with the elder statesman of dance, Corky Ballas) kicked up a storm with those astonishing 76-year-old legs of hers to earn a score of 18. Former NBA star Rick Fox --- and perhaps the tallest celeb in the history of the show (okay, beside Penn Jillette) earned a 22 for his graceful Viennese waltz with partner Cheryl Burke. It seemed like he was about 10 feet taller than her, but somehow they made it work. On the NFL side of things, Super Bowl-winning QB Kurt Warner also showed he was graceful on his dancing feet with a nicely executed waltz with partner Anna Trebunskaya. Score: 19 (Fox's routine really was better).

The evening's biggest surprise perhaps was Kyle Massey, the ABC/Disney former child star who set the ballroom on fire with partner Lacey Schwimmer (newly blond and slimmed way down). With a score of 23, he might be the season's trump card.

Audrina Patrdige started things off with a thud (apologies to partner Tony Dovolani). Her routine was boring and her rhythm/movements disengaged from the music and her partner. Score for the former "The Hills" star: a generous 19.

And last but not least, the evening's most bizarre performance, comedienne Margaret Cho. What she and partner Louis Van Amstel delivered was a combination of slapstick gone wrong and wild animals on the prowl. Chalk another one up for Bruno who quipped: "I thought you were going to eat someone." Not sure what her costume was supposed to be about, but it sure looked good on camera. Score: 15.

My prediction for tomorrow's first departee? I'm putting my money on Cho.

Pro partners revealed for 'Dancing with the Stars'

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The celebs were announced two days ago, and today, ABC announced the pro pairings for season 11 of "Dancing with the Stars." Some interesting choices have been made, most notably the duo of The Situation and Karina Smirnoff, or as I like to call that pairing: the battle of the spray-on tans.

Here are this seasons couples, in no particular order:

• Michael Bolton and Chelsie Hightower
• Margaret Cho and Louis Van Amstel
• Rick Fox and Cheryl Burke
• Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough
• David Hasselhoff and Kym Johnson
• Florence Henderson and Corky Ballas
• Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer
• Brandy Norwood and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
• Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas
• Audrina Patridge and Tony Dovolani
• Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino and Karina Smirnoff
• Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya

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