Dancing With the Stars

'Dancing' star defends Bristol's ape act

Oct. 19, 2010 at 9:53 AM ET

UsMagazine.comfar from naileda Michael Bolton ballroom offering

As for the fun part, well, at least Palin agreed with that. “I just wanted to have fun with the jive,” the “teen activist” revealed to “Dancing” co-host Brooke Burke. “I wasn’t very good at it, so the monkey suit made it fun for me.” It also made for a sort of surreal distraction for anyone trying to keep their eyes on Palin's footwork, such as was — no doubt a point considered by Palin’s pro partner Mark Ballas when he chose the ridiculous costumes. When asked what she thought of the dance that required so much distraction, the 20-year-old admitted, “Um. I hate the jive.”