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Michael Bolton, 'Dancing' into the sunset, with fewer eyes to see him go

This season's competition and finale.

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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Dear Michael Bolton,

We're sorry to report that 17.3 million people watched you get kicked to the curb so cruelly on "Dancing With the Stars" Tuesday night.

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We wish more Americans had seen you denounce judge Bruno Tonioli for having behaved in a "disrespectful" and "inappropriate" fashion in the presence of Your Royal Michael Bolton-ness, when he pronounced your minimalist interpretation of the jive to Elvis's "Hound Dog" the worst he'd ever seen on the show. What kind of a world do we live in, where 18.5 million people tune in to see a reconstituted-actor-turned-reality-host like David Hasselhoff tossed from a dance competition, but only 17.3 million come to hear you give Mr. Tonioli the dressing-down he so richly deserves?

We had hoped this week's numbers would be more major, given that host Tom Bergeron had promised that the broadcast would "put the final nail in the coffin of Boo-Gate."

Because while, yes, Boo-Gate had nothing to do with Michael Bolton, it was a mildly interesting controversy over whether all that ambient booing the world heard during Monday's performance show had been directed at audience member Sarah Palin or at that over-espresso'd Tonioli and the other judges.

On the other hand, Mr. Bolton, your shocking departure was seen by about 5 million more people than had watched the same elimination night last fall.

We have spoken with people involved with the show about to your suggestion that Tonioli be reprimanded for the way in which he addressed you during the competition. Not going to happen.

Presumptuously yours,

The TV Column

PS: We have enclosed the response from the show's producers to your suggestion:

Bruno's role as a judge is to give his honest opinions on the quality of the dances he's judging, which is what he did in this case. While we respect the feelings of our celebrities and dancers, we don't feel Bruno should be expected to apologize for doing his job.

'Glee'-ful news, indeed

After weeks of hyperventilation, about 13.5 million people caught the OMG It's Britney Spears Episode of Fox's "Glee" Tuesday night.


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