Todd Palin may be following in his daughter Bristol's footsteps as producers of "Dancing With the Stars" are reportedly keen to have him appear on the hit ABC ballroom dancing reality series, although he and the network have not commented.
Bristol Palin, whose mother is his wife and former Alaska governor and Republican leader Sarah Palin, placed third on the show's 11th season finale last week, while actress Jennifer Grey was deemed the winner.
Bristol Palin's performances on "Dancing With the Stars", whose contestants are eliminated following fan votes, received some of the lowest scores from the judges and were often criticized by fans online.
Speculation was raised about whether an organized push by supporters of Sarah Palin was responsible for Bristol Palin's success. Despite her partner Mark Ballas' assurance that voters simply preferred her because they could relate to her dance inexperience, the controversy helped "Dancing With the Stars" receive some of its best ratings.
Producers of the show want Todd Palin "big time," E! News reported, quoting an unnamed source close to the matter as saying: "They'd love Sarah, but they don't think that will ever happen, so why not go for the dad."
Todd Palin, 46, and his wife cheered on their daughter at several tapings of "Dancing With the Stars" during the past season.
The family appears on its own reality show, "Sarah Palin's Alaska", on TLC. Todd Palin and his wife have been married since 1988 and have four children aside from Bristol. He works as an oil field production operator and commercial fisherman. He is not known to have professional dance experience.
According to the entertainment news network, others being courted for the 12th season of the show include former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, who resigned in 2008 after it was revealed he had hired prostitutes, and Meghan McCain, the daughter of John McCain, who competed against Barack Obama in the 2008 election and included Sarah Palin as his vice presidential candidate.