Bristol Palin steps in it again ahead of her 'Dancing' debut

This season's competition and finale.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Bristol Palin: Queen of Double-Entendre.

No, that's not a dance step -- but it is how Bristol continues to make news even before taking a single step on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars," which debuted Monday night.

(RECAP: Bristol Palin shimmies; Margaret Cho plods)

(VIDEO: Relive the dances)

Each of the 12 couples competing in this edition was told to come up with a "team" name.

Strangely, Bristol and her partner, Mark Ballas, did not go with the obvious Team Absti-dance.

Instead, you will please refer to them as:

Team Ballin'.

Which, we should hasten to add, is a Speidi-esque name mash-up. Although, of course, they could have gone with Team Brismark. Or Palas -- okay, maybe not.

The pressure is really on America's Most Famous Unwed Teen Mom -- she's the most buzzed about celebrity of the show's fall season. ABC hopes she will measure up to America's Most Put Upon Mom, Kate Gosselin, who last year attracted more than 24 million viewers -- the show's biggest opening crowd ever and ABC's biggest audience in the time slot in 10 years -- when she waltzed to the tune "She's Always a Woman to Me" while dressed as Barbara Eden from "I Dream of Jeannie."

This year's 12 dance couples also had the option of performing a waltz or the cha-cha their first week out. Team Ballin' wisely decided not to waltz and invite comparison with Kate -- Bristol says she's no dancer, but could she actually be worse than Kate, who, in the course of her competition, set the Web ablaze with video grabs of her interpretation of Boris Karloff doing a pasodoble to Lady Gaga's "Paparazzi"?

So, Monday night, Team Ballin' did the cha-cha.

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