Goodbye, Martina – You Were Great!

Goodbye, Martina – You Were Great! March 28, 2012

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.

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  • Mrs Bev Dennison

    I love your blog and I want you to know that I have shared your story with my granddaughter, who is 17 and a senior in high school. You are an inspiration to young ladies!

  • jan page

    It is hard for me to remember to watch since you aren’t on there, but I know your mom is pulling for Mark so I will, too.

  • Jeanne Swaney

    I voted for you Bristol, on Dancing with the Stars, my favorite show! Martina was great and classy, but totally out of her element doing ballroom dancing. Gotta give her a lot of credit! The judges, and the public, were very nice to her. I think that’s the way it should be. I am amazed at the all the ugliness that you had to put up with, based on people’s ideology. Because your mother calls out Obama, his defenders were there to trash YOU! Not fair. But you seem to have a thick skin, thanks to what you’ve been taught by your mom. Anyway, this will be a great season of DWTS, and here’s hoping that Mark (I’m a huge fan of his!) and Katherine will win the mirror ball! I do like Roshan too – man can he dance, and he proved he was more than just hip-hop Monday night. Made Len happy!

  • Linda Barbee

    It looks like Mark and Katherine could be the ones to beat. They were great with both dances. There’s lots of talented people this year and I’m enjoying it very much. I can only imagine the guts it takes to even try.

  • Joseph

    Haha. The same dress; how about that. Yeah I hated to see Martina go. But I look forward to her returning for the season finale to dance one more time just for fun. Yeah Katherine and mark are doing amazing! By the way, I loved you and Mark’s argentine tango! You both really got into character on that one!

  • Jan

    We’re voting for Gladys Knight in this household. Len is giving her lower scores than she deserves.

  • Jan

    Do you think DWTS cut the wardrobe budget? They recycled your dress and do not seem to have money to buy buttons for the men’s shirts. LOL

  • Rick Patel

    Voting for Macho Mark Ballas and wondeful Welsh soprano Katherine Jenkins.

  • Rena Dagenais

    Love your blog. I am a HUGE fan of your mom’s and you are truly her clone. Both very beautiful people that have so much to give to everyone. Much to be admired. Keep up the good work.

  • bellagrazi

    Bristol, you look fierce in that pose with Mark. You were so awesome when you competed in Season 11. You rose to the challenge and not only survived, but thrived. We were all cheering you on as you made the finals. God, I really miss Season 11! What an exciting experience. That comment about your mom made me laugh out loud. You know she’d have to lead if she ever competed on DWTS. Haha The woman is a born leader. And you are following in her footsteps, Bristol. We’re so proud of you.

  • Lindsay

    Well I have to say this season hit off to a great start.. but I can see Mark and katherine, William Levy and the guy from disney channel in the top 3 spots

  • bob

    Bristol DWTS is NOT all about you. You had your chance, time to move on.
    BTW Martina did really dance.

    • Millie


      Did you get lost and get on the wrong blog sight????

    • Jan

      Bob is really JEALOUS that Bristol has a successful blog.

  • Martha

    I started watching DWTS because of Kurt Warner. I work at a Children’s Home in Arizona and he and his family come out to spend time with the chidren. However, I totally fell in love with you and Mark so I was team Ballin all the way.

  • LJ

    I had no idea who Katherine was just a couple of weeks ago but I have to say she is my choice. She is such a natural PLUS comes across as very genuine and likeable. Once again, an overall entertaining cast!
    Btw, Bristol… LOVE reading your blog and thanks for sharing.
    And I really, really wish your mom was president these days! 🙂

  • Misty

    It was a lot of fun watching you on the show. But, it was stressfull too, because the show would keep making it seem like you were in the bottom two and will be voted off! I remember you said you hated doing the Jive, but your 2nd Jive was a lot of fun to watch!

    When does your show on Lifetime start? Futoncritic said that the show was the one you started with BIO TV with the Massey brothers. Will we still be seeing those episodes too?

    • Misty

      Ooops, I meant ‘stressful’. Sorry.

  • Millie


    I really enjoyed reading your bog about dwts. You are such a gracious
    person. I have enjoyed all that you have written. I am enjoying this
    seasons dwts, but there will never be another season like season 11. Talking
    about someone giving it there all, you gave it your all to. What made
    season 11 so special is the fact that you had never danced and to accomplish
    what you did in that short amount of time and turn into a beautiful dancer,
    I will quote Mark out of his journal, “nothing short of a miracle.” I also
    have to give Mark alot of credit to. He really put his whole self into teaching
    you and you put your total self into it.

    Thank you for creating this blog. I will be looking forward to your next
    posting. Also, can’t wait to see your reality show. If you can let us know
    when it will start up. We love you and Tripp and your whole family. Like
    others I followed your mom during her VP run and voted for her.

  • MilanaB

    She also wore the red fringed pants I believe you wore in the last ChaCha. I agree you and Mark look very in character. One of my favorite dances along with the last waltz to the Passion of the Christ number.

  • blackbird

    Wow!!! Martina looks fantastic in that promo shot. I’d wager to bet that your Dad leads your Mom.

    “I packed my truck and drove 3,600 miles from Wasilla to Los Angeles.” I hope you pen an article of that adventure, I would defiantly like to read about it.

    Who ever took that photo for the cover of your book is worth their weight in gold.


    Are you too old to get married? Several years ago, Jim Gorringe, 99, and Dinah Leach, 84, wedded at the St. James Rest Home in Christchurch, New Zealand. Both had been previously married and great, great grandchildren attended the ceremony.

    Just before the wedding, the groom quipped, “We won’t be having children.”

    I wonder if this is the same older couple who stopped by a pharmacy a couple months before their wedding. They told the pharmacist they wanted to get married. “Do you sell heart medication?” they asked. He said that of course they do.

    “Then how about medicine for circulation?”

    The druggist replied, “All kinds.”

    “Do you have drugs for rheumatism, arthritis, memory problems and scoliosis?”

    The pharmacist assured them that they had a wide array of medicines for all of those problems and more.

    “And you sell wheelchairs, walkers and canes?”

    “Absolutely,” said the druggist. “Whatever you need.”

    They looked at each other and smiled. “Great!” the bride-to-be said.
    “We’d like to register here for our wedding gifts.”

    You have to admire their enthusiasm. They may have old memories – that is a gift of age. But they also have young hopes.

    Author and television personality Hugh Downs reported some good news for seniors. He said that when older adults are properly motivated, their intelligence does not wane. In fact, the ability to organize thinking may actually increase as folks age. Many people in their 50’s, 60’s and even 70’s can go through college with greater efficiency than at 18.

    Adults over 70 years of age have contributed richly and in varied ways.

    – Emmanuel Kant wrote his finest philosophical works at age 74.
    – Verdi at 80 produced “Falstaff” and at 85, “Ave Maria.”
    – Goethe was 80 when he completed “Faust.”
    – Tennyson was 80 when he wrote “Crossing the Bar.”
    – Michelangelo completed what may have been his greatest work at age 87.
    – At age 90, Justice Holmes was still writing brilliant American Supreme Court opinions.

    And then there’s George Dawson. George learned to read at age 98. (He was forced to quit school when he was a small child in order to help support his family.) “I got tired of writing my name with an ‘X,'” he said. Four years later, at age 102, he co-authored his autobiography, LIFE IS SO GOOD, published by Random House.

    Dreams are renewable. They need not expire like an over-due library book. No matter our age, we can breathe new life into old dreams. In fact, we have to renew our dreams, or else they will wither away altogether.

    I don’t want to spend my life so busy looking back that I lose interest in what lies ahead. As I age, I will have old memories. But I also want a few young hopes.

    After all, dreams are renewable.

    By Steve Goodier: lifesupportsystem (dot com)

  • blackbird

    for the Tango Bristol, in that photo you and Mark hit just the right pose, in a word… Passion.

  • David Kramer

    Bristol, DWTS is a fantasy created by the media to create a fairy tale. Maybe you should attempt to address real issues instead of addressing things that only you and others that have enveloped the limelight of the US culture. Just saying. Talk about what happened in your life before the stardom or fame smacked you folks like a sledge hammer.

    • Andy Sandoval

      David, do sense a little bitterness? YES!

      • David Kramer

        No bitterness, just saying. The stardom the Palin family because of the hate driven by the left should be used to further their beliefs. Is their something wrong with my opinion?

    • there’s one in every crowd

      • David Kramer

        Excuse me?

    • Tim

      David, If you don’t like a blog (or the blogger), why do you continue to read and criticize? Just ‘stumble’ to something else… Bristol, thank’s for writing… And you can write about whatever you want – it is YOUR blog.

      • David Kramer

        Excuse me? There is a comment section, if you do not like my comment, you can comment elsewhere. See the argument you bring up?

  • Canadian Observer

    Bristol, do you regret your decision to dance in the Gorilla suit?

  • mistah charley, ph.d.

    The black lace dress suited you AND it looked very good on Martina too. In a life filled with pain, disappointment, betrayal, and lies it is good to have a little fun once in a while to distract us from reality, and this is why shows like DWTS are so valuable.

  • Andy Sandoval

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. You are such an inspiration to sooo many young AND old people!! I like your attitude, the Palin hallmark “Just get out there and DO IT!” I never followed your life because I’m a political junkie who follows your mother and father. But since that day that you called out that homosexual and exposed his anger I’ve really gain HUGE respect for you. And learning more about you only adds to that respect.
    Keep bloggin!

  • I am really looking forward to this season! I’m rooting for Melissa Gilbert, but there are a lot of talented people who could take home the mirrorball trophy!

  • Martina was my pick to be the first to go. Although I really like Melissa Gilbert, I think she may be next. Just depends on how much of a fan base she has and whether they will stick with her no matter what. I am reserving my vote for the best for a few more weeks. BTW, I have about a 95% batting average guessing what the judges will give each dancer. Len is usually one point less than the others unless he happens to say he loved the performance. Then he might vote with the others. I enjoy what ever you want to talk about, Bristol. My wife and I support you 100%.

  • Larry

    I think the judges and the audience made the right decision on who to let go first week, M did give it a good try. Ignore the comments of the first poster, I enjoy your blogs and Love your family! Weird using the same dress, but both of you looked good in it!

  • RoadKingCarl

    I am rooting and voting for Katherine and Mark!! I am fascinated with the lighting designs on the dance floor! DWTS a first class great production!!

  • Larry

    Should have been ignore the David guy that made the bad comments, not the first poster, He was the first poster on the page I viewed. My Bad!

  • Mary

    I applaud you Bristol for your broad range of interests, despite how some are so critical or at the very least condescending of your choice of topics of interest.

    Evidently ‘they’ forget that though are now a mom, having assumed responsibility for any bad choices you have made but ALSO for giving birth to and rearing your beautiful little boy…you are also still a very young woman with many interests! Evident also is the fact that life is not all roses and pleasure and fanciful interests…and NEITHER is it all SERIOUSNESS and BUSINESS. You are correct to have a broad range of interests and enjoy your years of being a young woman! Just remember always to remain ‘young at heart’ as you grow older! Love you, Bristol….and love your mom and the rest of your lovely family!

    • Anonymous

      Broad range of interests? Levi-bashing, Obama-bashing, homosexual-bashing, Dancing With The Stars… what was the other thing?

  • 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.