‘Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars’: Bristol Palin defends inclusion

When the cast for the All-Stars season of “Dancing with the Stars” was first announced, there was one name that polarized some fans even to the point where they claimed they had no interest in watching — Bristol Palin. The daughter of Sarah Palin-turned star of a low-rated Lifetime series drew some big ratings when she was on the show the first time around, but also sparked a debate as to whether or not she was getting votes based on politics rather than just dance ability.

In speaking out about her casting for the first time at ABC’s TCA event on Friday (where she was in attendance), Bristol refused to apologize for taking part in the show — and also said that she is not looking to preach about a political agenda as much as she is just interested in having a good time:

“[Critics] are going to be talking about us either way. I might as well be doing something enjoyable and fun and with a good group of people, and that’s why I’m doing it.”

Palin also admitted that there are a number of financial benefits that also come out of the show, which makes sense considering that she does have a 3-year old son in Tripp that she needs to care for. Granted, she could get a normal job like anyone else — but why would you if you are making the sort of salary that some of these celebrity participants are pulling in here?

Do you have any major problem with Bristol being cast? While we have yet to post our first edition of rankings in relation to the show, we really don’ think that her odds of staying in the ballroom that long are good considering how talented some of the other performers are — and how many of them have been dancing longer than Bristol since the show ended.

If you want to check out the full cast for this season, be sure to head on over to this link.

Photo: ABC


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