ABC obviously has him in the middle-aged-women category any more, and his good manners end up feeding into an image of him as less than exciting. It's so sad that a gentleman gets dissed for behaving well!
I am not really sure Tony is being dissed. I think he's got a set of certain personal qualities that make him a perfect gentleman, great balroom dancer and a tall, handsome and proper partner. In addition, Tony is very patient and good-natured. All of that combined, makes him a perfect partner for tall celebrities, including those who are middle-aged and older.
Having said that, I agree when people say his choreography is boring - I think Tony does not like to take risks; he leans more towards solid and safe performances. And those are usually not exciting or memorable.
But I do like Tony very much. He is very positive and he is a great guy. And I do enjoy his dancing and the fact that he does not have a need to dance with his shirt unbuttoned or without it.
Edited by nospin, Jun 8, 2012 @ 10:11 PM.