What a night it was on Dancing With the Stars and once again I tuned in to see what Bristol Palin was up against this week with her competitors. Also I was anxious to see if her mother, Sarah Palin, would be in the audience this week. This weeks show was not disappointing to say the least!
After an amazing performance by Jennifer Grey (who I did not know recently recovered from having cancer in her spinal cord) was in the room with the rest of the contestants getting her scores from the judges. All of a sudden out of nowhere, “Booing” could be heard in the background. Jennifer was getting good scores, so she, as well as everyone else in the room did not know what was going on in the ballroom.
The next shot from the camera came to host Tom Bergeron sitting next to Sarah Palin in the audience. Members of the audience had actually booed Sarah Palin on live television! I cannot remember in the eleven years this show when a guest member of the audience has been booed!
So what happened? Being the amazing host he is, Tom put on his best smile, and being the politician she is, Sarah Palin put on her best smile and moved on. There was polite chitchat about Bristol, the judges and dancing. I did feel bad for the younger daughter sitting right next to Sarah Palin, and of course Bristol, seeing their mother getting such a bad reaction from the audience. The quick interview was finally over and they moved onto the next performers.
Finally, being the very last contestant, it was Bristol Palin’s turn to take the dance floor. That had to be a tough night – having her mother present, having her mother get booed, and then having to be the very last contestant to dance. Talk about pressure.
The intro into the how the week’s rehearsals have gone kicks in, and we find out Bristol has taken her partner, Mark, to her home in Alaska. Of course Mark is going to meet Sarah Palin. He gets super cheesy warm and fuzzies from Sarah upon saying hello, with some fun banter about Bristol. Then Sarah Palin says “Were you nervous, like Bristol’s going to make a fool of herself?” What mother says that? To recover from this, directly following that comment is Sarah giving a short speech about how proud she is of her daughter and her confidence on Dancing With the Stars. All I have to say is, Poor Bristol – get out of Alaska as fast as you can!
Bristol did a fine job with her dance routine, but it seemed as though there was a tenseness about her that wasn’t present during her routine last week. Her partner, Mark, is doing a fabulous job trying to keep Bristol at ease while dancing, trying to get her to just forget and relax while on the floor. The judges had high marks for Bristol, which she deserved.
For the third week of competition, if Bristol Palin is not voted off (which I think is likely) it would probably be to her advantage, as well as Sarah Palin’s advantage, for mother not to be in the studio audience. I will still be rooting for Bristol, and I think she’ll do well. Sarah should probably view Dancing With the Stars from the comfort and security of Alaska.
Dancing With the Stars on ABC, September 27, 2010