Goodbye, Martina – You Were Great!

When I saw that Martina Navratilova was the first celebrity voted off Dancing with the Stars last night, I truly felt for her.  Every single star on that stage is taking a risk, getting out of their comfort zone, facing down stage fright – and in some cases – two left feet.

At least, that’s the way it was for me. When I first was invited to participate in the show, my mom asked me what I thought about participating, I remember saying, “Well, I can’t dance, and I’m not a star…”

I realized I’d have to move to Los Angeles, live in an apartment, and rehearse with a professional partner twenty hours a week. But the worst part of it was that it would all be aired live!

I was nervous about it, and my parents were too. In fact, DWTS producers had approached my dad but he turned it down because he didn’t have time.  (Um, can you imagine the pressure of being my dad’s dancing partner?  After being married to my mom all these years, what kind of partner would possibly suit him?) As you probably already know, I packed my truck and drove 3,600 miles from Wasilla to Los Angeles.

I definitely had an adventure!

I hope Martina can look back at her time without regret.  She truly gave it her all and looked great in her classy and elegant dresses.  By the way, though the tennis star is 55 years old, she and I wore the same dress!  During my season, I wore a black costume when I danced the Argentine Tango, and I noticed she was wearing it in one of her promo shots.  (I put a side-by-side of both of us at the top of this post. Look how serious Mark and I look!  You’d think we were checking out a car crash instead of dancing on a show!)  Martina looked fantastic on Dancing with the Stars and showed a dedication from which we could all benefit!

Now that the tennis legend is out of the running, who are your favorites?  Of course, I was so proud of Mark – can you believe that he and Katherine tied for the best dance of the night in the first week?  And then that jive was amazing!  (I loved what the producers did with the “Casino” style staging.) I’d say they hit the jackpot with that dance.

Who’s going to take home the mirror ball trophy?

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  • David Dempsey

    Martina looks good for a 55 year old woman.
    Bristol, you look like you were thinging – God, I wish I was back in Alaska. – How did I let them talk me into this? Just kidding.

  • Douglas Bates

    That was a brave thing for you to do. I dont watch to much network tv dont like the way thay slamed your mother. keep going and I enjoy your blogs

  • Georgia

    Both you and Mark looked so sexy the night you performed your amazing Argentine Tango, Bristol! The dance was amazing and your performances were perfection! No one can wear that dress, as you did but Martina did look nice in it.

    Will Mark be teaching you that Mambo he wanted to teach you? Perhaps you can do a guest performance on DWTS Season 14 performing the Mambo with Mark. The ratings will certainly be out of sight and DWTS certainly needs the ratings this season! It’s no Season 11! Your fans would love it!!!!

    • Millie


      I certainly agree with Georgia about you doing a quest performance
      during season 14 with Mark teaching you the Mambo. I know alot
      of us would love to see you and Mark dance again and the rating
      would go through the roof. DWTS could certainly need that for

      • Millie

        oopns. Correction, guest.

        • Georgia

          Millie, I know that all the people I still communicate with that I met online during Season 11 want to see that Mark and Bristol Mambo so badly!!!! Come on Bristol and Mark, do that Mamba for us! It would be such a thrill for your fans and it would certainly help DWTS increase its sagging ratings.

          • Millie



  • Skyler

    You looked and did great Bristol! you were the best on on the show! :) ps. Why did Willow’s Twitter get suspended?

  • jojo

    I think Bristol has said in the past that neither she nor Willow have twitter accounts. Unfortunately, those are fake accounts.

    The casino “theme” was used by Dmitry & Petra for her quickstep during season12 (Hines’ winning season with Kym).

    And yes, dwts very often “recycles” the dress & costumes for the cast—-those outfits are v-e-r-y expensive.

  • Jan

    Mark and Katherine have done well. However, I do predict Katherine and Roshon will be eliminated May 8.