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On the 'DWTS' Scene: Is Bristol Palin Leaving the Competition?

by Michael Maloney, posted Nov 2nd 2010 12:15PM
Bristol Palin, DWTSScores don't always matter on 'Dancing With the Stars.' (Just ask Audrina Patridge and Tony Dovolini, who, despite being ranked second from the top last week, got the boot.)

Still, with only six couples remaining in the competition, low-ranking teen activist Bristol Palin and partner Mark Ballas could exit the show tonight.

Ballas' father, Corky Ballas, who was paired with Florence Henderson this season, isn't surprised that his talented son has lasted this long in the competition. Sure, he's biased, but Corky knows Mark's a great teacher.

"Votes play a huge part on the show," Corky said. "Bristol has amazing flow and technical footwork. The voting's keeping her in there. She doesn't get emotional. She's cool as a cucumber."

Judge Carrie Ann Inaba called Palin's dance Monday night -- which was based on Kelly Osbourne's Viennese waltz from season 9 -- "endearing ... but still slightly dettached." Osbourne, a guest judge, gave Palin a "9."

"Kelly's comments were sweet and nice," Palin said. "I had big shoes to fill but I had fun with it."

The teen activist was pleased to see her scores increasing and the judges' comments becoming more flattering. "I'm working my butt off," she said. "I'm working my a-s-s off doing the best I can every week. I know I'm improving and the scores are showing that right now. We'll continue with that if we're voted into next week."

And, if they're not, Palin was OK with that, too. She said she'd have no problem returning to Alaska, where she works in a dermatologist's office.

"I'm still the exact same person," she told TV Squad. "I haven't changed a bit. I'll never be materialistic or into image or anything like that. At the end of the day, I'll always be Bristol Palin from Alaska."

That said, would Palin like to pursue other show biz opportunities? "I'm going to see what God and everything else has in store for me," she replied. "I don't think acting's something I'm really interested in. I could see hosting something or being on a panel, maybe even a judge?"

Is there a 'DWTS' judge she'd emulate? "Definitely not Bruno [Tonioli]," she chuckled. "I'd be like Carrie Ann -- or Len [Goodman] and get straight to the point!"

Watch for Palin to appear in her mother's upcoming TLC series, 'Sarah Palin's Alaska,' set to debut Sun., Nov. 14 at 9PM.

"It's not a reality show," the 'DWTS' competitor clarified. "We weren't filmed 24 hours a day. It's more behind-the-scenes. There's lots of [my son] Trip and me in it."

One perception Palin believes the series will debunk is that her mother is a diva. "She's not," Palin asserted. "It's going to be a great series, it's going to be awesome."

Otherwise, Palin avoids politics. "I'm just trying to figure out a dance," she said with a laugh. "I don't even vote for myself and Mark. I think [after Monday's show] I'm going to have to! I think I've done the least amount of press and 'campaigning' [while on this show.]"

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I think it is great that Bristol is still on DWTS...All of you "downers" must be jealous of her since you are making such a big deal out of it...This is America, remember? Why should Bristol be any different than anyone else...I wish her all the luck in this world...She is a High School Grad, contrary to what has been written about her...It is her scummy Ex Levi who is NOT...Bristol show them all you are much better than the naysayers in here are.
I guess you will have to show them how good you really are...Keep on dancing! and Best of Luck to you!

November 05 2010 at 9:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm stunned. Even though DWTS is TV entertainment, it is still a dancing competition. The judges underscore that all the time. Two weeks in a row now, other very talented dancers have been voted off, while Bristol Palin, with no personality and only-just-now is getting her feet together, is still there. She should have been gone two weeks ago. Politics aside, how can someone with no personality still be on this show?

November 03 2010 at 8:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Richard Ott

Okay, so maybe I jumped the gun a little bit, but
at least one of the more popular stars of Dancing
With The Stars, Cheryl Burke got eliminated this
week. Now, if what this artical tried to state on
Bristol & Mark this week comes true next week, I
think Brandy & Maks should have no trouble dancing
through their 8'th week in a row.

November 02 2010 at 9:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This is not about the election. I have never been sooo disappointed with a show as I am with Dancing with the Stars. Bristol Palin is not a star, and she can't dance. I think it is a joke that she is still on the show. SHE CAN"T DANCE! This is not a popularity contest; it is supposed to be about talent. What a JOKE!

November 02 2010 at 9:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Hooray for Palin and her level head. Life has taught her a lot and she has wonderful parents who are good examples!

November 02 2010 at 6:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to tolason1's comment

Are you kidding me? She has learned nothing except how to take advantage of people and follow in her mother's footsteps. Her mother is awful.. There are numerous fights in the house and she never cooks. She is a complete fake and you bought it - congratulations. You want the truth??? Are you ready? Sarah got pregnant with first son but Todd was not the father. Sarah had the others obviously... later, as Track and Bristol were teens, they partied hard and Track vandalized numerous school buses - many schools were closed the next day due to the slashed tires. He didn't get in trouble of course- Sarah knows people. Briston gets pregnant - Sarah is being considered for VP... Sarah can't have daughter making her look bad so she fakes the pregnancy and gives birth to "Trig" after her water breaks in TX and she flies 11 hours on a plane (where none of the airline staff knew she was pregnant)... then she drove past Anchorage hospital with a high risk baby and gave birth at Wasila - where they don't even deliver twins bc they are not equipped. By the way - AT the EXACT last 6 months of Sarah's pregnancy - Bristol was sent to live with her aunt while she had mono - FOR 6 MONTHS.. ((sure she did..)) THEN as all the rumors about Bristol being the mother of Trig, the GOP announces that Bristol is now pregnant (Sept 1)and can't POSSIBLY have had Trig. ((really??)) No one will touch the rumor now bc it is "off limits". They continue to be media whores while her other daughter led kids to an empty house she knew about and supplied them all with liquor, causing a large amount of damage to the house. In the end - only the boys were charged who were there. Then There is the Bristol/Levi custody battle... then they are engaged in July - now they are not engaged. Now she looks pregant again... I'm sorry - what is it again that she learned and how is she and her "I took four colleges to get a journalism degree" mother are so smart and wonderful? Wake the heck up - do your homework and the real Palin's will shock you. PS - I am not a liberal - I am a smart mother who saw through Sarah in her very first speech.

November 04 2010 at 12:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

My, the Palin women really do ruffle a lot of feathers, don't they? You'd better get used to it, because they are not going away. Coming soon to the TV near you, the great Alaska adventure. I look forward to being entertained by that the same as I am enjoying Dancing With the Stars (starring Bristol Palin!!).

November 02 2010 at 5:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Drama makes intersting viewing and I agree that it's just entertainment and not to be taken to seriously! Be healthy with the #1 trusted site on yahoo and bing for "low cost california health insurance" with http://californiahealthychoice.com

November 02 2010 at 3:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Richard Ott

Is Bristol Palin leaving Dancing With The Stars?
Yes, yes, yes! I don't want the Season Finale
to have Brandy & Maks, Bristol & Mark and a 3'rd
couple who's left on November 22'nd. This isn't
about "Let's keep Sarah Palin's daughter on the
show, it's Election Night.". This isn't about
politics, this is a dancing competition to see
which celebrity couple will win the trophy.
I want the couple who I've chosen and predicted
would win the trophy, even before they were
announced as the contestants for this season,
Brandy & Maks to take it all the way!

November 02 2010 at 1:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm sorry, but I can't stand this girl. I disagree with the premise that she should have been even cast on the show... and now she is still on is a travesty.

November 02 2010 at 12:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Andyjoe's comment

Ha,ha.....a TRAVESTY?

Andy, you are a bit dramatic! You need some anger management. Don't elevate a dance show filmed for pure entertainment to such an important level! This is not the International Ballroom Championship !

I have really enjoyed all of the personalities on the show. I agree with what Florence said.....great show and well produced!

November 02 2010 at 1:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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