This year’s cast of Dancing with the Stars was very surprising and highly anticipated. One of the people cast on the show that I personally couldn’t wait to see perform was Bristol Palin. She is not a performer or an actress, but only famous because of her mother, Sarah Palin. I was curious to see Bristol and her true personality come through on the show.
I had only seen Bristol when she was next to her mother’s side in the campaign season during the last presidential election and during interviews in the past several months as a promoter of prevention of teenage pregnancy. To see Bristol corralled next to her mom, it seemed there was always a bit of nervousness, expectation and tension. Considering that Bristol is a teenage mom who depends on her own mother for support and help caring for her son, they probably are together more than a teenager would like to be in all honesty. Seeing Bristol on Dancing with the Stars made me wonder if Bristol Palin would be the same person or not when away from her immediate family.
When showing Bristol and her dance partner, Mark Ballas, rehearsing, she was very shy and awkward about the dance moves he was trying to get her to engage in. Looking past the obvious teenage pregnancy issue, it made me realize the mound of pressure by being cast suddenly into the public spotlight and needing to be presented in a certain way to cast a positive light on Sarah Palin. Bristol made a comment about revolting against her mom and sometimes doing what her mother didn’t want her to do (i.e. acknowledging her relationship with Levi Johnston). Sarah Palin was not in the audience on this first show, and it will be interesting to see how Bristol reacts and performs if she is present in the audience during a future show.
It came to be Bristol’s turn to perform her dance routine and the nerves were there. She seemed very tense and aware of the audience. She started off with a smile on her face and started the routine fairly well though. Towards the middle of the dance she seemed to let go a bit and have fun, still with a big smile. I was sitting on my couch cheering for her to make it through the routine and not make any big mistakes, which she did. She received a warm, enthusiastic applause from the audience as well as support and encouragement from the judges.
I commend her on being brave enough to tackle the spotlight on her own, being her own person, and being on her own for America to see. She is not a “star” per say, but maybe at the end of Dancing with the Stars she may be a star in her own right. I will say she is not my favorite to win the show, but I wish her luck and will continue to cheer for her in the weeks to come.