I’m a lifelong Liberal with no sympathy for Mama Grizzly Palin– but I’m rooting and voting for Bristol on Dancing With the Stars. Why? Like all good Liberals, I like an underdog. Though Bristol may have an army of conservative viewers behind her, she is the sole DWTS contestant with zero show-biz training. It shows– and not always in bad ways.
Bristol’s sometimes-awkward sometimes-fetching performances hold a charge of suspense that few of the jaded glossy ‘stars’ can match. Unlike DWTS’s processed anorexic Hollywood hoofers, Bristol looks real. Yes, she hasn’t lost weight– and good for her. She is a healthy fresh-faced young Mom and she shows you don’t have to starve yourself to look ‘pretty in pink.’
DWTS would not be half so fun if it was merely a ‘battle’ between show-bizzed bot.-bodies who have been stage-trained for years. Jennifer Grey, though older than in her Dirty Dancing days, was and is a world-class dancer with a lifetime of performance experience.
Bristol’s other competitors all hail from the worlds of professional music or sports– so there is little surprise or suspense in seeing them ace their moves. I found myself holding my breath as Bristol happily managed her quick-step, survived her writhing rhumba, triumphed in her tango & her semi-finals Paso doble.
Full disclosure: I’ve written a published short story and just-finished novel MSS about a Bristol-esque character, a pregnant teen forced into the limelight by a diva of a mama. So I’ve imagined myself into Bristol’s skin.
Who among us wouldn’t rather be Dancing With the Stars than slaving away as a single-mom receptionist? If it was me, caught up in Bristol Palin’s surreal fate, I’d ‘go for it’ too.
(photos: tvopi.com, celebritysmack.blog, nydailynews.com, DancingWithTheStars.com)