So how has Bristol Palin been filling her spare hours since "Dancing with the Stars" began? You know -- aside from the whole not-voting thing.
All season long, Bristol has been dogged by the rumors that she's secretly dating her partner, dance pro Mark Ballas. You have to admit, it requires the tiniest of mental leaps to imagine a male-female on-camera, on-the-dance-floor pair blossoming into something more intimate.
Yet the rumors stick more to Bristol and Ballas than they do, say, the chronically single Brandy and her hunky partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy. And the less said about a Florence Henderson-Corky Ballas hookup, the better. See the stars arrive at the CMA awards.
The hookup rumor appeared in the Nov. The article goes on to cite Bristol's kinda-sorta denial on "Ellen" that the pair had been practicing their cha-cha-cha in the bedroom as well as in the studio: I'm not worried about a boyfriend right now.
Find out what Khloe tweeted on Lamar's birthday. Really, Page Six wasn't reporting anything new. Before the season even started, the allegations that Bristol was having more than just a ball had already begun. Perhaps it's Ballas's fault, since he made less-than-definitive statements to E!
Online the day of the season premiere. What should we have made of that?
I mean, maybe they're not boyfriend and girlfriend, but Ballas's answer certainly doesn't rule out the possibility that all that stretching and gyrating might have been put to a non-"DWTS" use.
Watch the 'Twilight' hunks face off. And then there's the public perception of Bristol: She's a "teen abstinence advocate," yet the only thing we really know about her -- other than her "DWTS" career -- is that she at least once had sex without the proper precautions.
That makes a disparity between her actions, and its one that this writer can't shake. For one, her dances are decidedly sexythat one with the monkey suits notwithstanding. Similarly, Bristol famously once told People magazine that viewers should expect her to "be the most dressed contestant and have the most modest outfits… because that's who I am.
Of course, this isn't anything to write home to Ma Palin about yet, but it's worth a moment of consideration.
Who is this girl? Will we ever think of her and not immediately jump to her sex life?