LOS ANGELES (CBS) Along with stripping off her gray suit, Bristol Palin marked her "Dancing with the Stars" debut by impersonating her conservative powerhouse mother, Sarah Palin, on Monday's Season 11 premiere.
Dancing to Three Dog Night's "Mama Told Me Not to Come," the 19-year-old single mom, who labeled herself a "public advocate for teen pregnancy prevention" on the show, appeared on stage wearing a power suit with her hair pulled back in a bun. Soon after, she let down her hair and ripped the costume off to reveal a short, fringed red dress.
Palin, who vowed during rehearsal that she is "just a regular girl," admitted that she has not always taken her mother's advice.
"I've always listened to my mom growing up, but there have been times that I haven't, so this song is kind of a play off of that," she said.
Earning 18 points out 30 with partner Mark Ballas, the judges deemed her cha-cha-cha performance, which included a lot of shimmies and hip shakings, promising. Judge Carrie Anne Inaba saw "a future" for her, while Judge Len Goodman said it "was a very acceptable performance for week one."
Palin's score put her right in the middle of the pack, comfortably ahead of Michael Bolton, who earned 16 points; David Hasseloff, Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino and Margaret Cho, who each earned 15 points for their dances.
Although her mom was noticeably absent from the audience, the older Palin showed her support by hosting a viewing party in Alaska.
"Over-the-moon excited and happy for Bristol! Cheering her on @DWTS party in the Palin living room," Palin wrote on her Twitteraccount.
The former Alaska governor is expected to cheer her daughter on from the sidelines next week.