Did Sarah Palin get booed on “Dancing With The Stars” Monday evening? The subject is the talk of the Internet and opinions vary but everyone agrees that, just before cameras were taken off of the lovely Brooke Burke back stage, boos had erupted from the audience in the ballroom. The booing quieted by the time the cameras centered on Burke’s co-host Tom Bergeron and his guest, Sarah Palin. The video of the incident is bouncing around the world wide web quicker than Bristol Palin’s quickstep, but the ambiguous nature of what was captured for the viewing audience has the ex-governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin, at the center of yet another quasi-controversy with many asking: Was Sarah Palin being booed by the “Dancing With The Stars” audience?
Palin showed up to support her daughter, Bristol, for the second episode of “Dancing With The Stars” Season 11. No one is quite sure why Palin didn’t make an appearance on the season premiere of “Dancing With The Stars,” but there is little doubt that she could see her daughter from her house — they have satellite television there, too. She even posted to Twitter that she was excited for her daughter. Regardless, “Bristol the Pistol” had her mom’s physical presence in support during Week 2.
Brooke Burke was interviewing Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough after their jive performance when Hough gestured over his shoulder toward the ballroom. “There’s booing in the ballroom — we don’t know why,” Burke noted. She then passed the microphone over to Tom Bergeron, who was sitting next to Sarah Palin and her younger daughter, Piper.
Introducing her as a “guest ballroom commentator,” Sarah Palin is met with a round of applause.
“I know usually you’re very bashful about giving your opinion about things,” Bergeron kids, “But how do you think the show is going so far?”
Sarah literally gushed, seeming to be far more excited than Bristol. “This is amazing — it’s so exciting, and it’s great to see all this courage and joy and exuberance by every dancer. It’s awesome.”
Bergeron then asked what she thought of the judges. “Oh, the judges? …Okay, now, it’s like before a hockey game — you’re not going to chew out the refs before your team is up on the ice! You guys are great!”
And her favorite dancer? “Oh, my goodness, they’re all amazing, they really are. This is great!” Palin continued to gush. “Bristol’s not up yet. ‘Bristol the Pistol,’ yeah, that’s who we’re rooting for!”
But what about that booing? An ABC rep told Lisa de Moraes at the Washington Post that the booing was generated by the audience’s displeasure at a row of eights given Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough for their routine. When pressed that Grey and Hough, who seem to be the crowd favorite, got the highest score of the night, executive producer for the show Conrad Green said that he “guessed” the audience booed because Grey and Hough “wasn’t getting 9’s.” Green also pointed out that there was no booing when Sarah was introduced when the camera was rolling.
Could the Los Angeles studio audience be that restrained or disciplined?
But the explanation doesn’t ring quite true, “guess” or not. Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough had already gone back stage and were being interviewed when the booing began. Booing over the “Dancing With The Stars” judges’ scores usually coincides with the announcing of the scores.
And Tom Bergeron had to set up before his little interview, giving the audience time to boo Sarah Palin and settle down… Or it could have been spontaneous booing for something totally unrelated to Sarah or the dancing of Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough. So…
Was Sarah Palin the target of the booing?
One will never get a straight answer from the more diplomatic producers and reps from the show.
Someone should ask judge Bruno Tonioli, who didn’t seem all that impressed with the elder Palin. Or perhaps a member of the booing audience would be helpful, considering they were the ones booing…
Bristol “the Pistol” Palin and her partner, Mark Ballas, did well, regardless of who the boos were for, scoring a 22/30, the second-best of the evening. They trailed only Grey and Hough, who got a 24/30.
Watch the Sarah Palin booed incident on “Dancing With The Stars” and judge for yourself.
For pointers on how a person should be properly booed (if Sarah Palin was indeed the target), the “Dancing With The Stars” audience could take notes from Philadelphia (home to another great dancing show, “American Bandstand”). Flyers fans greet vice presidential candidate and self-proclaimed “hockey mom” Palin in 2008 in the following video.
“Dancing With The Stars,” ABC Television