The 'star' of the show delivers, but a surprise dark horse emerges, too
Bristol, Bristol, Bristol. “Dancing with the Stars” hasn’t even started yet, and I’m already pretty sick of hearing about the younger, less interesting Palin. This is not about politics, mind you. Regardless of whether you love or hate her mom, if you’ve seen Bristol on television, you know she always looks a little shell shocked, as if she’d like to say “You know, I’m not really a public figure, if you could just get that camera out of my face,” and would gladly hand off her fifteen minutes of fame to any mouth breathing reality TV show idiot in a heartbeat. Which is normal behavior, yes, but makes for pretty awkward TV. And while this show has always played fast and loose with the definition of celebrity (I mean, Audrina Patridge? The friggin’ Situation? Can we have a snuff round of “DWTS”?), isn’t just being the spawn of a well-known person a little faster and looser than necessary? All I’m saying is, if Amy Carter shows up next season, I’m boycotting.
Oh wait, my bad. Bristol isn’t just famous spawn, she’s a “teen activist.” Well, that changes everything, because that’s why people are tuning in – an appetite for teen activism, not the hope of seeing a car wreck of anything. And can I just say Florence Henderson looks shockingly good? How old is that woman, anyway? But it’s time for dancing, so let’s get to it.
[Full recap of Monday's "Dancing with the Stars" premiere after the break...]