Margaret Cho takes the long walk on Dancing with the Stars
It took a while for her misfit status to catch up with her, but edgy comic Margaret Cho finally got the hook on Tuesday's Dancing with the Stars -- yanked from a competition where she never really fit in.
Dancing these days is comfortable playing to the People magazine crowd; stocking the competition with an odd mix of aging stars, tabloid fixtures and semi-professional dancers in an effort to balance halfway decent dance performances with the star power of the latest TMZ post.
But Cho, with her explicit sense of humor and rebellious spirit, never really fit in any of the show's safe categories. And her dancing wasn't good enough to overcome her lack of appeal elsewhere, so when the votes were announced Tuesday, she was the odd woman out.
She also didn't get much rehearsal time, squeezing in work on her routine while also in the middle of a comedy tour. It's tough to understand why stars try this; last week's ejectee Michael Bolton, who is still demanding judge Bruno Tonioli apologize for his mostly accurate criticism of his atrocious dance style, also tried rehearsing while on tour. And Jersey Shore star Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino earned seriously low scores in his first dance, which he only had five days to rehearse for.
Each season, Dancing's biggest problem is that the field quickly divides into the talented and the not-so. This cycle, that means Hills star Audrina Patridge, R&B star Brandy, former NBA star Rick Fox and former Dirty Dancing star Jennifer Grey are the main contenders. Everyone else is mostly trying to hang on long as possible.
Cho cried when her ejection was revealed, after wisecracking that her samba dance Monday was the "gayest dance ever" and dedicating her performance to gay pride in the wake of several suicides by homosexual teens.
Give the woman credit; even after striking out on a contest she was destined to lose, Cho still managed to make her brief time of TV highest-rated show count for something.