On ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ Bristol Palin speaks, Sarah Palin gets booed?


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Those boos heard in the background right before Sarah Palin spoke with ‘Dancing With the Stars’ host Tom Bergeron were for the judges, not the former Alaska governor, an ABC spokesperson told Show Tracker.

Asked her opinion on the judges’ performance, ‘guest commentator’ Palin said, ‘It’s like before a hockey game, you’re not going to chew out the refs before your team is up to, you know, on the ice.’


Throwing a double thumbs-up, she said to the trio, ‘They’re great, you guys are doing great!’

The booing, heard from off-camera in the ballroom while host Brooke Burke was doing a post-dance chat with Jennifer Grey and partner Derek Hough, confused Grey and caused a stir among viewers posting to Twitter. The pair had received a total score of only 24 after their crowd-pleasing performance. (See clips from all the dances in the video below, and see the clip with the booing here.)

But enough about what may or may not have been a weak display of bad manners, especially with Willow Palin sitting at her mother’s side -- the bigger news from Monday night’s ‘DWTS’ was that Bristol Palin actually spoke more than a word or two, coming out of her shell to chat with the (friendly, encouraging) judges and letting viewers hear her voice. Partner Mark Ballas seemed awed by the landscape in footage from when he accompanied the younger Palin to her family’s home in Alaska, and judge Bruno Tonioli encouraged Bristol to become a bit more of ‘an actress’ when she’s on stage.

-- Christie D’Zurilla

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