Teen mom/abstinence advocate Bristol Palin danced "the jive" on "Dancing with the Stars" 10/18 wearing a "monkey suit." .
Bristol, during rehearsal footage on how far she is in the competition: "I was just shooting to get past week one. I think though that there's been a drastic change from week one to week four. I never would have thought I would have gotten up there, pretty much in my underwear, and did the sexy dance with you (dance partner Mark Ballas)."
More Bristol, in rehearsal footage when "asked to be sad": "If I've got to look like a clown in this jive to show these judges that I'm having fun, that's just what I'm going to do."
Bristol and Ballas "started their jive to '(Theme From) The Monkees' in their outfits, wiggling as much as the costumes would permit" before "they ripped off their costumes to reveal pink and black sock hop costumes."
Still, "Bristol ended up at the very bottom of the scoreboard with an 18 out of 30" (Tanabe, Politico, 10/19).
Ex-AK Gov. Sarah Palin (R), in a recent interview with television blog, Zap2it, "dished on how she'd rate" Bristol's performance on "DWTS."
Palin, "on learning" Bristol would be on "DWTS": "This is so Bristol, challenging herself, getting out of her comfort zone. She had told us just a couple of weeks before the show started, she said, 'Mom, "Dancing With the Stars" just called me and asked if I wanted to be on the show.' I said, 'What did you tell them?' 'I told them I'm not a star, and I don't dance. Sure, I'll join the show.'"
Palin, on Bristol's favorite competitor: "Bristol loves Florence Henderson, and she says she relates to Florence more than anybody else. But she has not one complaint about anybody. Everything is positive, and she's just amazed how helpful and kind and gracious everybody is. It's been really good for her."
More Palin: "As Piper was listening to Bristol explain to me how difficult the steps were -- because a lot of these dances, we had never heard the name of the dances, much less knowing the steps of them -- Piper said, 'I know how you can learn those steps -- just write them on the palm of your hand.' "I'm like, 'That's exactly what I would do!' I told Bristol she should do that for one of the songs."
Palin's husband Todd, on Bristol being on the show: "It was a good thing that I declined, otherwise we wouldn't be watching Bristol today. Because, after my performance, they would ban any other Palins" (Ryan, "Click," Politico, 10/19).
Down To Serious Business
Baby daddy/ex-Playgirl model Levi Johnston was "grilled" on "The View" 10/18, where Johnston argued "there are really no qualifications to hold the job" of mayor of Wasilla, AK.
Johnston "said there are really no qualifications to be mayor, short of living with city limits for a year before the election." He asserted "he's as qualified as any other candidate, saying he believes it's important to listen to the people and their concerns." Johnston also "said he has no platform" (Bohrer, AP, 10/18).