Bristol Palin says people who don't believe she deserves to be in the "Dancing With the Stars" final three should "stop complaining", as she prepares for the 11th season finale on Tuesday along with finalists Jennifer Grey and Kyle Massey
The 20-year-old has been criticized for her performances with partner Mark Ballas and the pair has received some of the lowest scores among their fellow contestants.
Her mother, Republican politician Sarah Palin, cheered for the pair on Monday's show, during which they received a score of 52 out of 60 for their two dances, but it has been a rough week for Bristol Palin, who reportedly received death threats amid criticism that her votes were the result of a Tea Party conspiracy as opposed to talent.
"You're never going to please everyone. Stop complaining!" Bristol Palin told George Pennacchio of KABC Television, OnTheRedCarpet.com's parent company. "We're so thankful to be here and we're thankful for the people out there who are connecting with me, going on this journey with me and seeing me improve every week."
Bristol Palin lives in Alaska with her son Tripp, who will turn 2 in December and whose father is ex-fiance Levi Johnston. Her teenage pregnancy became a major issue during her mother's 2008 vice presidential campaign. Since giving birth, Bristol Palin has become a spokesperson for abstinence.
Ballas has said he doesn't believe their votes are because of Sarah Palin or the conservative Tea Party. He has also been criticized, despite the fact that, as he points out, everything is out of his control.
"We can't control this," Ballas said, "We just come out here and have a good time and also, at the end of the day, this is supposed to be a fun show! There are a lot of terrible things in the world for people to really worry about and everyone complains ... After 11 seasons, you've got someone with zero dance experience and now everyone's like, 'that's not fair, she can't dance' you can never win!"