Will Sarah Palin Upstage Bristol's 'Dancing' Debut?
By Christine Fenno Posted Sep 18th 2010 12:44PM
A source has now confirmed to Access Hollywood that the former Alaskan governor and vice-presidential candidate will appear on the live season premiere episode to support daughter Bristol, as the 19-year-old rookie steps on to the dance floor for her first 'DWTS' performance with partner Mark Ballas.
Bookies in Vegas are betting against the teen mom, but any presumptions that her child can't take the top prize may just be catnip for the GOP star, who likely hopes her loyal following will pause the tea partying long enough to phone in decisive votes for Bristol.
Whether the judges will be influenced by the political powerhouse in their midst is another matter. After all, Carrie Ann Inaba is a native of Hawaii, a state famously proud to be President Obama's birthplace, while the other two judges aren't American -- Bruno Tonioli (Italy) and Len Goodman (England).
Having Mom watch your every move might not be every girl's solution for calming the jitters during a live TV broadcast. Nevertheless, Bristol admits she needs all the moral support she can get: "She's my number one cheerleader and I can't wait for her to come watch the performances and just see me in a whole new light," said Bristol, according to People.com. During a recent 'Tonight Show' appearance, she fessed up to Jay Leno about her non-existent dance background: "I was a basketball player, soccer player...[I] never danced at dances or anything, so I'm nervous."
After an eventful year in the tabloids, including the surprise engagement of Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston -- a reunion that reportedly infuriated Sarah Palin and quickly fizzled -- both mom and daughter seem ready to waltz onward and upward, perhaps even to disco ball victory.
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