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Bristol Palin takes on The Situation, Hasselhoff on "Dancing"

ABC has announced the new lineup of "Dancing with the Stars," with Bristol Palin, David Hasselhoff and Florence Henderson -- among others -- making the cast. (AP) | PHOTOS

[This blog entry has been updated with ABC's announcement]

*Bristol Palin is getting into the family business, becoming one of the celebrity hoofers on the cast of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" this fall.

The teenager joins Mom Sarah Palin, who has a reality docu-series on TLC debuting in November; and her baby-daddy Levi Johnston is shopping around a reality series in which he runs for mayor of Wasilla.

Bristol's going to dance circles around Mom and her ex in the ratings: "Dancing" has recently become an "American Idol"-esque ratings behemoth thanks to some very savvy celeb-casting.

ABC made its "Dancing" Season 11 cast announcement Monday night during two interludes in a two-hour episode of "Bachelor Pad," in which a bevy of hot men and women make a mockery of the abstinence Bristol is all about these days, in order to win a $250,000 purse.

Bristol has committed to weeks of wearing sparkly outfits to compete for the disco-ball trophy against pop singer Brandy; "Dirty Dancing's" all-grown-up Baby, Jennifer Grey; "Drop Dead Diva" super-assistant Margaret Cho; The Dumb One from "the Hills" Audrina Patridge; "Brady Bunch's" made-for-TV mom Florence Henderson; crooner Michael Bolton; "Jersey Shore's" Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino; faded "Baywatch" hunk David Hasselhoff; retired NFL quarterback Kurt Warner; "That's So Raven" kid brother Kyle Massey; and ex-NBA player (and former Mr. Vanessa Williams) Rick Fox.

"Dancing with the Stars: The Announcement" -- live! Because we're all about keeping it low-key!" "Dancing" ringmaster Tom Bergeron cracked as he began to unveil the new season's celebs.

"So Bristol, I have to ask you: 'What does you mom think about your being on the show?'," "Dancing's" curvaceous, robotic co-host Brooke Burke asked during the Q&A portion of "Dancing with the Stars: The Announcement."

"She's excited for me. She knows that this going to be hard work, but she's excited," Bristol said nervously, seated next to America's Favorite TV Mom Florence Henderson, who was seen earlier rubbing Bristol's back reassuringly.

"Hopefully," Bristol responded when asked if Mom Sarah would show up "in the ballroom" during this season.

Bristol and "Dancing" is a match made in reality TV heaven. America is clamoring for a new Queen of Reality TV-- what with former "Dancing" contestant Kate Gosselin's limelight fading, Heidi Montag's plastic surgery nightmare so over, and Paris Hilton reduced to ho-hum-dom even when she gets arrested in Las Vegas.

Bristol is more than ready for her coronation.

The 19-year-old single mom has been a tabloid fave since her mother ran for Vice President on the GOP ticket in 2008. And subsequently, Bristol's pregnancy -- and relationship with the baby's father, Johnston -- became A Big Story.

Since then, the ups and downs of Bristol have been obsessively chronicled, most recently as mid-July, when Bristol, Levi, and their adorable son, Tripp, sat for a photo shoot with US Weekly and gushed "We're Getting Married!"

But, less than three weeks later, Bristol tearfully gave an interview with People Magazine and announced, "it's over," because, she told the magazine, on the same day their US Weekly engagement announcement came out, Levi told her he may have gotten another girl pregnant.

Bristol and Disney-owned ABC already have a relationship. The new head of programming at ABC, Paul Lee, was head of Disney's cable network ABC Family when Bristol appeared as herself in an episode of "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" this summer.

Heck, Bristol's practically Reality Television Royalty already.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  August 30, 2010; 10:30 PM ET
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Talk about an all time low.... Next year they invite the 30 minute former Alaskan Governor herself to show up with her stolen this the best America can do?? Really???

Posted by: dtroppy | August 29, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

ABC presents idiot's delight.

Posted by: whocares666 | August 30, 2010 11:42 PM | Report abuse

Oh, joy, oh, rapture. Like I needed another reason to turn off the TV.

Posted by: mamapanda | August 30, 2010 11:45 PM | Report abuse

Sorry guys, this is one of the best shows on TV. GREAT band, quick-wittted host, sane judges, and what a cast! This season is going to set records...

Posted by: jerkhoff | August 30, 2010 11:54 PM | Report abuse

Last season it was America's all-time unfit, self-obsessed mommy Kate Goslein, this year the teenage, unmarried, publicity hungry, Bristol Palin. Well, that's another season of not watching "Dancing" for me. The show is great, the dancing is great, their recent select of contestants, worthless.

Posted by: Frustratededucator | August 30, 2010 11:59 PM | Report abuse


There is a show about dancing. it is called "so you think you can dance". A real show without the soap opera. And how do you qualify for being a star when you and your mother don't even know where the corner drugtstore is?


Posted by: Modeldon_9 | August 31, 2010 12:08 AM | Report abuse

Bristol is a very pretty young woman, and apparently a talented dancer too. Who would have known? Good luck Bristol. I am going to watch the show for the first time.

Posted by: cburbank | August 31, 2010 1:03 AM | Report abuse

Bristol is a very pretty young woman, and apparently a talented dancer too. Who would have known? Good luck Bristol. I am going to watch the show for the first time.

Posted by: cburbank | August 31, 2010 1:04 AM | Report abuse

Bristol is a very pretty young woman, and apparently a talented dancer too. Who would have known? Good luck Bristol. I am going to watch the show for the first time.

Posted by: cburbank | August 31, 2010 1:04 AM | Report abuse

Who cares?

Posted by: ChrisW1958 | August 31, 2010 2:30 AM | Report abuse

In typical WaPo fashion, Bristol Palin again has been demeaned and diminished as a person by the media's dull repetition of her missteps. It would have been refreshing if the WaPo instead had said, "Bristol refreshingly remains a dignified young woman, uncomfortably nervous when interviewed or placed as the center of attention. Despite the focus on her missteps, especially her very public premarital pregnancy and the Levi Johnson fiasco, she maintains a quiet demeanor with a youthful sweetness, dismissively unprovoked by the cruel jokes of anti-Palin bashers, including the uncouth Keith O and Maddow "team", the obnoxious self-aggrandizing, foul-mouthed Kathy Griffith and Bill Maher as well as the outspoken Matthews-like tingly slobberer, Joy Behar and the publicly disgraced, David Letterman."

It would be a first for the WaPo to put things in perspective; but not-so-subtle digs continue. So be it.
Who looks worse: the young woman, Bristol, whose teenage missteps have played repeatedly in the media, or the aforementioned "accomplished senior" citizens who mock and demean her?

Posted by: pjcafe | August 31, 2010 5:28 AM | Report abuse

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