Bristol Palin parodies mom on "Dancing with Stars"

Tue Sep 21, 2010 12:16pm EDT
 
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By Christine Kearney

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Stripping off an office power suit, the daughter of conservative politician Sarah Palin performed a short parody of her mother in launching her bid to win television's "Dancing with the Stars" on Monday.

Bristol Palin shimmied across the dance floor as the dancing contest launched its 11th cycle, accompanied by a version of Randy Newman's "Mama Told Me Not to Come."

The 19-year-old single mother explained she had not always taken the advice of her mother, a Republican political powerbroker who ran for vice president in 2008.

"My life has been told and spread out in the tabloids. But I am just a regular girl and this is definitely the most frightening thing I have ever done in my life," Palin said.

Her sparkling grey office suit imitated the style worn by her mother, but it was soon stripped off to reveal a short, red dress with tassels.

Sarah Palin did not attend the taping on a Los Angeles soundstage. Instead, she hosted a viewing party at her home in Alaska, and declared on Twitter that she was "over-the-moon excited and happy" for her daughter.

Bristol Palin is following in the reality TV footsteps of her former fiance, Levi Johnston, who has publicly criticized her mother in U.S. tabloids. She said on the show if she brought "some sexy to the cha cha and don't embarrass my mom, I will be thrilled," she said.

The judges rated her performance as promising, but far less impressive than "Dirty Dancing" actress Jennifer Grey's Viennese waltz to Otis Redding's "These Arms of Mine." The soul ballad appeared on the soundtrack to "Dirty Dancing," the smash movie in which Grey starred opposite Patrick Swayze.   Continued...

 
<p>Bristol Palin and professional dancing partner Mark Ballas pose backstage after the premiere of ABC's series "Dancing with the Stars Season 11" in Los Angeles, September 20, 2010. REUTERS/Fred Prouser</p>