Poor Bristol Palin. She’s really one of the most sullen 19 year olds I’ve ever seen. Oh- make that 20 year olds. The Alaska native celebrated the big 2-0, as she monkeyed around on the “Dancing With the Stars” dance floor with pro partner, Mark Ballas last night. Unfortunately, Palin’s birthday gift may be a plane ride home.
On Monday night’s “Dancing With the Stars” TV theme week, Palin and Ballas got saddled with the goofy “Monkees ” theme song (sorry, but that theme doesn’t hold a candle to the twinkly, sparkly “Bewitched” theme song that Kurt Warner and Anna were gifted).
Even worse, Ballas- in an attempt to infuse some “fun” into their jive- had the harebrained idea to put the two of them in monkey suits. It could have been funny- in fact judge Len Goodman got a kick out of it- except Palin got a little tripped up when she had to strip out of the beastly costume. And that trip-up may have cost her the “DWTS” trophy.
Not that Palin had a chance at winning against heavy hitters like Jennifer Grey and Brandy. But it’s always nice to see an underdog thrive on this show.
Unfortunately, Palin’s super duper low score last night (18 out of 30 points) may have put her too far in the hole to recover. Even if she has a huge fan base, it’s nearly impossible to come up from such a low score.
The sad part is, we were just starting to see the bashful Bristol Palin come out of her shell. Amidst plenty of adversity (many “DWTS” fans don’t consider her a celebrity) the girl came on and tried. And it was nice to see the mostly serious 20 year old smile a bit last night, even when she told host Brooke Burke, “I hate the jive.”
Last night while watching the show with me, even my 9 year old recapped, “I like Bristol but she’s probably happier with the Eskimos.” Out of the mouths of babes.
To see if Bristol Palin’s “DWTS” ride will end this week, you can check out the “Dancing With the Stars” week 5 results show tonight at 9:00 p.m. ET on ABC.
Dancing With the Stars, October 18, 2010, ABC TV