September 21st, 2010
12:03 PM ET
“Teen activist” – as “Dancing with the Stars” put it – Bristol Palin made her reality-TV debut last night, but mom Sarah wasn’t in the audience as previously expected.
Bristol took the stage in a conservative-yet-sparkly, Sarah Palin-esque gray skirt suit that she then ripped off to reveal a short fringed red dress, joining partner Mark Ballas in a cha-cha performed to “Mama Told Me Not to Come.”
Instead of getting a front-row view of Bristol show off “good hip action,” as one judge pointed out, Mama Palin watched her 19-year-old daughter compete for the Mirror Ball trophy from the comfort of her Alaskan home.
"Over-the-moon excited and happy for Bristol! Cheering her on @ DWTS party in the Palin living room," the former Alaska governor tweeted, along with photographic evidence of the friends "who r lovin' this change of pace 4 Sweet Bristol!"
According to The Insider, it looks like Sarah Palin will eventually make the trip down to Los Angeles to check out her daughter's moves live. "She will be here next week," Bristol said in the interview.
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