Obama and Romney are looking for your votes this fall– and so is Palin!
But we’re not talking the former Alaska governor. Bristol Palin, the 21-year-old daughter of former Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin, will be campaigning for her own votes as she takes on the upcoming all-stars season of “Dancing with the Stars.”
With the all-stars season set to debut on Sept. 24, the 13 contestants (and their partners!) are ready to rumba. But one contestant who will likely have her work cut out for her is Season 11 third place finisher, Palin.
In addition to being up against some hefty competition (the all-stars cast includes six former mirror ball trophy winners, including Drew Lachey, Emmitt Smith, and Shawn Johnson), Palin was one of the most controversial contestants of any “DWTS” season.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Palin’s pro partner Mark Ballas said he thinks they have a shot at winning this time.
“She looks amazing,” Ballas said of his partner. “She’s lost weight and she is getting in shape…I told her to do some homework, re-watch all of our dances. She has to bring it out even more this time.” Ballas also added he’s like to see his partner “try a sexier outfit.”
It’s an election year, so will politics come into play?
Although she’s known for her conservative views, Palin recently revealed that she would have been fine with a gay dance partner.
“I like gays. I’m not a homophobic and I’m so sick of people saying that,” Palin said at ABC’s Television Critics Association fall TV previews. “Just because I’m for traditional marriage doesn’t mean I’m scared or anything of anyone else. And I don’t hate anybody…I’m gonna go dance and I’m gonna have fun. … It’s not about politics. It’s not about traditional marriage or anything like that. It’s about dancing.”
Palin also slammed the media on her blog, when her “DWTS” publicity photo was criticized for featuring what some thought was a “gun pose” shortly after the movie theater shootings in Colorado.
“This had nothing to do the Colorado shootings, and it’s really offensive that the lame-stream media is trying to link a dancing competition photo to a horrible shooting,” Palin wrote, “This is just another part of the effort to make guns evil, and I wasn’t even holding a gun!”
Of the couple’s last foray on to the dance floor, Ballas said, “People said the Tea Party helped us, but we still worked 10 to 12 hours a day like everybody else… I’m not in politics and they were voting for me as well.”
Meanwhile, the single mom (son Tripp is 3) opted to be politically correct when she recently wished luck to her ex-fiancé, Levi Johnston, who just welcomed a baby daughter with girlfriend Sunny Oglesby.
In an email to E! Online, Palin expressed happiness over her baby daddy’s new baby, writing, “Sent them some flowers today when I heard the news! Wish them the best, Tripp will be excited to hold her!”
“Dancing With the Stars” All-Stars premieres on September 24 on ABC.
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