Sarah Palin will be on Dancing With the Stars after all. Sarah Palin will be at the 2010 Dancing With the Stars season premiere on Sept. 20, apparently under the guise that she is there to cheer on her daughter. Bristol Palin was selected as a contestant this season, seemingly because she could bring publicity to the show, and producers had to be hoping that it would also attract the attention of Mother Palin. That is exactly what has happened, and Sarah will grasp that opportunity to get some free appearances on television now.
According to TMZ, the first song that Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas with perform to is Mama Told Me (Not to Come), and that she will begin the performance in a conservative outfit and then tear off her clothes mid-dance. It’s a really good thing that Bristol’s mother is famous, because we wouldn’t even know who she was otherwise. She would just be an average single mother who gave birth to a child while she was still a teenager. It is because of her mother’s fame that Bristol Palin even has a “job” right now, and Bristol will again be banking on that fame in order to get votes this season.
It’s going to be tough for the other contestants this season to compete against someone drawing votes simply because of who her mother is, and has to make you wonder what would happen if another famous child was cast on the show. To their credit, the Dancing With the Stars producers knew exactly what they were doing by casting Bristol Palin this season, and even though she was skipping a lot of practices in preparation for her first week on the live show, she is going to be a lightning rod to draw viewers to the show. Viewers equal ratings, and an increase in ratings means more money for the show and the network. Genius.
With a cast that hasn’t been all that impressive so far, and one which has two reality television stars, this could be one of the least interesting seasons that the show has had to date. Will the core audience stick around to watch 12 contestants who aren’t all that famous? A better question might be whether the older audience who tunes in even knows who half of the people are. The Dancing With the Stars season premiere is on Monday, but this season lacks the level of excitement that past seasons have brought with strong casts and contestants.