Bristol Palin and Dancing with the Stars

Thursday, September 2, 2010


The word is already out that Bristol Palin is delving into something new: competing on "Dancing with the Stars" this fall. Such an endeavor requires discipline, hard-work, and athleticism, not to mention courage to appear on a show with the viewership "DWTS" has. ABC News reports:

"Dancing with the Stars" was the second-biggest show on TV last season, behind "American Idol," averaging about 20 million viewers. Celebrities pair with professional dancers in the weekly elimination contest, and undergo intense scrutiny in the tabloids.

The scrutiny has already begun, of course, and so unnecessarily and unfairly. The decision to go on the show had to be an enormous stepping-outside-the-box moment for Bristol, a shy young woman who is anything but a seasoned dancer. Putting herself out there with so many eyes watching, and so many already aiming negative comments in her direction, isn't easy. Nonetheless, Bristol is excited about "Dancing with the Stars."

The New York Daily News quotes rumors that she is a "diva," which is as false as the rumors that her mom was a diva. You'd think people would pick a new smear instead of recycling the same old garbage. These rumors state that Bristol is "annoyed" with the press, doesn't want to answer questions about her mom, and is "complaining." Lies. Yawn. Moving on.

Bristol is to be applauded for embracing this opportunity to be a part of this family-oriented, wholesome show. Once again, she demonstrates that women can handle life's challenges and have a good time simultaneously. With the support of her entire family, she is embracing this personal goal while serving as an example to women that yes, they can balance work and family. Comments from other women that somehow she should not take on this challenge make me scratch my head. That kind of mindset is not the message we want to send young ladies, including those who find themselves with responsibilities they didn't envision. We can all receive encouragement from someone like Bristol who has taken charge of her life, is raising her son, securing her education, working hard, and pursuing new positive, healthy challenges that bring added joy to her life.

Not only is "Dancing with the Stars" known for its celebrities, competitiveness, and family friendliness, it's also known for the outfits worn by the participants. Bristol touches on that and other things, as reported by Bang Media:

The 19-year-old single mother - who is the daughter of US politician Sarah Palin - plans to shun the skimpy, glitzy outfits normally worn on the show when season 11 launches in the US.

She said: "I think I will be the most dressed contestant and have the most modest outfits for sure because that's who I am.

"I see this as something that's fun and that's positive and I'm going to be able to show my work ethic to people out there."

The pretty teenager - who is mum to 20-month-old son Tripp - admits she is shy, but hopes her sporty background will help her do well in the competition.

She explained to People.com: "I have no experience in dance. But I come from an athletic background, so I'm thankful for that. I played basketball, volleyball, soccer, everything."

Bristol, of course, is not sure what to expect, but no doubt, she'll have a blast as she finds out. I encourage everyone to get behind her and support her in this exciting adventure.

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