Palin has said that her mother is glad she is appearing on the show.
'She's excited for me ... she knows this will be hard work,' the 19-year-old said.
However she was unsure whether the US politician would come to the studio to watch her. ... -- Bristol Palin and David Hasselhoff begin rehearsals as they prepare to fight it out on Dancing With The Stars
Popeater has "Photos: Bristol Palin Begins 'Dancing With The Stars' Rehearsals." Apparently, she is paired with Mark Ballas.
E!Online confirms that Bristol's partner is Mark Ballas in "Bristol Palin Puts Her Dancing Shoes On:"
Just days after hanging out with her fellow DWTS cast members, Bristol Palin is ready to get down.
The former first daughter of Alaska just joined her partner Mark Ballas at a studio to begin rehearsing for the upcoming battle in the ballroom.
What's more, the sight of Bristol happily hoofing it may just put to rest some of the speculation that the 19-year-old has been a bit difficult when it comes to preparing for the competition.
Either way, we can't wait to tune in!
Update: Bill Zwecker of The Chicago Sun-Times writes, in "Bristol has 'em bristling on 'Dancing With The Stars:'
Things keep getting interesting behind the scenes on ''Dancing With the Stars.'' A show insider says, ''Move over, Michael Bolton! Bristol Palin is now out-diva-ing you!''
The source said the daughter of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has become a constant pain in the rear for "DWTS" staffers. ''Clearly she didn't read the fine print on her contract -- and that's just a figure of speech. There's nothing hidden in the contracts,'' said the ''Dancing'' source.
'Otherwise, Bristol wouldn't be complaining about all the things contestants are required to do.'' ... (H/T Gryphen)
Mercede Johnston, Levi's sister, wrote about skyrocketing teen pregnancies in Wasilla since Bristol became famous.
The Washington Post's The Reliable Source column on yesterday's publication of "Sarah Palin's Sound and Fury" in Vanity Fair:
The article by Michael Joseph Gross contains few verifiable revelations -- Palin and people near her refused to talk, and those who did demanded anonymity -- and portrays the former Alaska governor as angry, manipulative and obsessed with money and fame. Plus: tensions in the Palin marriage, tensions with the McCain campaign, tensions with the RNC over the vice presidential candidate's infamous $150,000 designer wardrobe. ...
... The Christian Science Monitor summed it up best: "If you are trying to sell books or magazines or get clicks for your website, Republican Party star Sarah Palin is the gift that keeps giving."
This headline says it all: Alaskans prefer Romney to Palin among possible GOP presidential candidates.
Noam Scheiber, guest posting for Jonathan Chait at The New Republic, wrote "Sarah Palin is So... Predictable:"
Per this excellent Times story, it appears that Palin's opposition to just-defeated Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski stems not from ideological differences or even tactical disagreements but ... a personal slight: ...
... As it happens, this [...] fits a pattern that pretty much explains Palin's entire political career. If you dig hard enough, you almost always find some perceived slight--usually at the hands of some member of the establishment (or what passes for the establishment in Palin's mind)--behind every decision Palin has made to run for office or oppose another politician. There really isn't much more to it than that.
The Washington Post's Jonathan Capehart, as usual, has some of the best palin-sight around:
Sarah Palin has been everywhere since Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) made her his vice presidential nominee two years ago. But she has been in our faces even more lately. The Glenn Beck rally. The take-down of home-state nemesis Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska). Telling Dr. Laura Schlessinger to “reload.” Now comes word that Palin will speak at the Ronald Reagan Republican dinner in Iowa on Sept. 17. Of course, this has set off the usual will-she-won’t-she run for president in 2012 question. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: she won’t. ...Capehart included a most excellent graph of Sarah Palin's favorable/unfavorable ratings over time. I'll just say that the trend doesn't look good -- for Sarah Palin. The rest of us should cheer, lay in a lot of popcorn, ...
... For all of Palin’s popularity within the Republican Party and the Tea Party movement, poll after poll shows that the American people don’t think she’s ready to be president of the United States. This was the case last February. Also last April. And now this week in the 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll, 59 percent of those surveyed said Palin would not “have the ability to be an effective president.” -- "Sarah Palin is everywhere -- and going nowhere"