Bristol is surrounded by security guards everywhere she goes." Last week a threatening letter with white powder was received at the programme’s production offices and the FBI was called in. A viewer in Wisconsin recently became so angry after watching Miss Palin perform that he fired a shotgun at his television and became involved in an armed stand-off with police.
Sarah Palin said she had told her daughter that "the haters are going to hate" but she should "fly and soar" on the dance floor.
Palin's improbable run for the finals had been championed by some conservative bloggers, who led get-out-the-vote campaigns on behalf of the 20-year-old single mother.
Palin's fan support was evident when she was voted in last week over singer Brandy — who had received a perfect score for her one dance — on last week's show, prompting some viewers to question the veracity of the "Dancing" voting system.
But the controversy has turned ugly and death threats were received against Miss Palin and her professional dance partner Mark Ballas, 24, who grew up in the UK.
Programme staff were put on "high alert" and one said: "Security is on absolute lockdown.
), the numbers started ticking upward, starting with Gilles Marini's three-8.5 twist on a tango Maks Chmerkovskiy (ultimately the most borrowed choreographer of the night) did with Erin Andrews.," growled Bruno (ultimately, as always, the most quotable judge of the night).
Melissa Rycroft returned to front-runner form, earning a season-high 27 on her J. Martinez-originated samba, only to be joined at the top a little later by none other than Kelly Monaco, whose partner Val Chmerkovskiy couldn't pass up the opportunity to put his own stamp on brother Maks' paso doble wtih Laila Ali.
Sabrina also borrowed a page from Maks' paso doble playbook, the chapter titled "Mel B," but—and get this—the judges found her dancing exceptional, but Carrie Ann Inaba said Sabrina and Louis Van Amstel"didn't bring anything new" to the routine. was Sabrina a little miffed perhaps when she earned the same score as Hélio Castroneves, who stumbled over Chelsie Hightower's dress during his Apolo Anton Ohno-inspired quickstep? )Apolo, meanwhile, earned himself 9 with an homage to Gilles' "Fever" fox-trot, and fellow past champ Emmitt Smith earned his best marks yet with a pounding paso doble first danced by the guy he beat for the season-three mirror ball, Mario Lopez.
The scores soared—and the season's first 9.5 was given! "According to Bristol, Mark didn't show up for rehearsal the other day, and the remembrance of that left her in tears as she accused him of being "not there.""Can you not be like that?
Or, at least the soars scored for the competitors who didn't kick off their rehearsals by accusing their partners of being disappointed to be dancing with them."I know you're bummed that you don't have Sabrina or Shawn," a dejected-sounding Bristol Palin told Mark Ballas as they rehashed last week's low score. Come on, don't be like that," he tried to comfort her, but she got up and walked out of the rehearsal room before they at some point got it together and rehearsed for tonight's paso doble.
(Maybe she doesn't remember that, though Mark won with Shawn Johnson, he got further with Bristol than he did with Sabrina Bryan.)"What does Sabrina or Shawn have to do with this? Which, good news for Bristol, Len Goodman called "easily [her] best dance." (She still finished up in last place, but her numbers Drew Lachey paid homage to fellow boy-bander Joey Mc Intyre's cha-cha and ended up being praised for his "power drill"-reminiscent booty."It worked for Channing Tatum, it's going to work for you," purred Bruno Tonioli.
After respectable showing (he should've done the worm!