Defying the doubters with theme music
Surprise! Bristol Palin is charmingly competent (so far) on Dancing with theStars
I had two previous experiences that made me assume Bristol Palin was going to be a wreck on Dancing with the Stars.
First, I have seen her brief scenes as "Bristol,"a teenage mom on The Secret Life of the American Teenager, and they are excruciatingly awful. I've seen animatronic characters at Disneyland who looked more natural than Bristol did while acting.
But hey, don't take my word for it:
My second reason for concern is the horrifying dancing committed by the last reality star competitor: Kate Gosselin. Wooden, with bad feet and worse timing, she was never able to break out of her comfort zone or accomplish anything besides making her partner Tony seriously consider breaking his own leg to get away from her.
Would the dance floor be Bristol's own Katie Couric? Happily, it would not.
Whether in her bespangled flight attendant uniform or the red fringe minidress beneath it, Bristol seemed unsure and leaned heavily on her partner Mark. But as judge Carrie-Ann said, Bristol has great legs and knows how to move her body in an attractive way. Not great, but not bad, and with room for growth if she can shake her nerves.
Her efforts garnered her 18 points, enough to land solidly in the middle of the pack.
But the best part of Bristol's appearance on DWTS, it seems certain, will be the theme music. This week it was Three Dog Night's "Mama Told Me Not to Come," which Palin said nicely encapsulated her relationship with Levi. (Try not to take that too literally.) Next week is sure to be "Papa Don't Preach," with about 1,000 other editorializing songs to choose from.
"Mama Said" by the Shirelles? "She's a Bad Mama Jama"? Hey, Bristol's a mama too. Personally I can't wait for "Mama Said Knock You Out" while Bristol performs a combative tango against Mark dressed as Barack Obama.
Hey, it could happen!
Bristol's Dancing With The Stars performance: