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Did Sarah Palin Get Booed on 'Dancing With the Stars'? (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 28th 2010 1:12AM
Did Sarah Palin Get Booed on 'Dancing With the Stars'?Because she's a supportive mother and everything, former Alaska governor Sarah Palin showed up on 'Dancing With the Stars' (Mon., 8PM ET on ABC) in order to cheer on her 19-year-old daughter, Bristol Palin. But it seems that even an appearance on a reality show can provoke some controversy, if Ms. Palin is involved.

While Jennifer Grey -- last week's winner of the show -- was receiving her scores, audible jeers started rumbling through the auditorium. "There's booing in the ballroom," said host Brooke Burke. "We don't know why." "... Why is there booing?" Grey asked. The camera then moved over to to Ms. Palin, who was sitting next to co-host Tom Bergeron. Sarah shook her head in bemusement. At this point, the boos stopped. Once Sarah showed up on the screen, the crowd began to applaud.

The event seemed fairly random, and it was hard to tell what was going on. Was the crowd booing Palin? If they weren't, then who was being booed? Did the producers tell the crowd to stop jeering and start clapping? So many questions ... (But you can watch the clip of the event here, and try to judge for yourself.)

At any rate, the show continued, and Tom asked Sarah who she was rooting for. "Oh, my goodness," she said. "They're all so amazing." But next, Sarah expressed a preference for "Bristol the Pistol." (And really, what was even the point of this question? Yes, Sarah wants her own daughter to win -- how shocking!)

The show then flashed back to Bristol introducing her partner Mark Ballas to her mom in Wasilla, Alaska. After this, we got to see Bristol and Mark dance the Quickstep to the song 'You Can't Hurry Love.' The pair ended up with a score of 22 out of a possible 30 points -- not too shabby. Their score put them solidly in the middle of the pack, dancing-wise, even though the judges urged Palin to let more of her personality shine through in her dancing.

It has to be admitted that Bristol did a pretty good job with her routine: In fact, much better than many viewers would have expected. We think we can all agree on this no matter what our political affiliation might be -- even if her mom may have gotten booed tonight.

Check out Bristol's full performance below:

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