While Bristol Palin is set to make her return to the ballroom with the all-star season of "Dancing with the Stars" in the fall, the young reality TV star talked to OnTheRedCarpet.com about her ongoing battle with the media.
"[Reporters] are like hyenas out there," Palin told OnTheRedCarpet.com on July 27. "I am very used to that, and I'm not going to whine about it, but people definitely treat me differently. I've accepted that, and I think I have some tough skin on me... I try to [handle it well] but whenever they talk about my family I just become someone else, I get so mad. They're going to say whatever they want to say."
The 21-year-old is the daughter of political figure Sarah Palin, who often caught flack and public scrutiny from critics when she ran as the Republican Party nominee for Vice President in the 2008 election.
Palin took third place in season 11 of "Dancing with the Stars," and now, she's set to take part in season 15 of the hit ABC series. This go round, all of the competitors are returning from previous seasons to fight for the all-star trophy and Palin said that her decision to sign on wasn't a tough one.
"It was an immediate yes, definitely," Palin said. "And then I was thinking about it, and it was kind of like, wait, do I really want to do this again? All those skinny outfits and all that stuff. But then I kind of just thought about it - this is the kind of thing where I'm going to take it and have fun, and this is going to be a positive experience for Tripp and I... It's going to be a great season."
It was announced on Friday, July 27, that Palin would return to compete for the Mirror Ball trophy. The other competitors include Pamela Anderson, Helio Castroneves, Kelly Monaco, Shawn Johnson, Apolo Anton Ohno, Melissa Rycroft, Kirstie Alley, Drew Lachey, Gilles Marini, Emmitt Smith and Joey Fatone. Fans will also have the opportunity to vote on the thirteenth contestant - between Sabrina Bryan, Kyle Massey and Carson Kressley.
"I think it definitely made me stronger, and more concrete in my beliefs," Palin explained of her first go around on the hit show. "It definitely just helped me mature as a person. And I think now, compared to last time, I feel like I was just a baby last time, I was 19, and had no idea what I was getting myself into - but now I do know what I'm getting myself into, And I'm 21 now, and I feel a lot older because of that. I just think it's going to be a great season, and I've grown up a lot in the last few years."
The celebrities' professional dance partners will be revealed on August 13 and it is not likely that the stars will compete with their original dance partner, since some of the all-stars worked with the same partners.
The new season is the "Dancing With The Stars" franchise's 15th installment and is set to premiere on Monday, September 24 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
Reporting by George Pennacchio of KABC Television, parent company of OnTheRedCarpet.com that also produces the entertainment show "On The Red Carpet"(check for local TV listings).