Bristol Palin's Reality TV Career Stirs Up Custody Trouble, 'DWTS' Pro Says She Won't Win

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Just days after Bristol Palin signed on to the all-star season of Dancing With the Stars, her ex-boyfriend Levi Johnston announced he's pursuing full custody of their son, Tripp.

After watching Palin's reality show, Bristol Palin: Life's a Tripp, Johnston told TMZ he is "disgusted" by his son's language and behavior and is on a "downward spiral."

"I love my son more than anything .. and I will do whatever it takes to make sure he is raised the right way," he said.

The custody battle won't be the only thing playing out in the headlines as Palin hits the dance floor on DWTS. Dancing pro Karina Smirnoff laid into Palin about her future on the show.

What exactly did she say?

"I'd be very, very surprised if [Bristol Palin] won," she told PEOPLE. "Bristol was not known as the best dancer of [her] season. ... There was so much controversy when she was on."

The all-star cast includes returning champions like former NFL player Emmitt Smith and Olympians Apolo Anton Ohno and Shawn Johnson, as well as fan favorites like Kirstie Alley and Gilles Marini.

The show's new season premieres Sept. 24 on ABC. Who do you think will win? Tell us in the comments, below.

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  • tiredofwhining

    Know what? If Bristol Palin and her family were GOOD people, there wouldn't be all the sarcasm and hate. The reap what they sow. They excuse hating people who don't think their way by saying they are Christians and have the gall to presume they know how God might think. They're WRONG. Real Christians don't call people nasty names. Real Christians live modestly and use what bounty — or little — they have to help the poor. And believe me, real Christians don't do a lot of things they have to be forgiven for. Real Christians live their lives with kindness. And the children of REAL CHRISTIANS would never have even HEARD the word fa,,ot as a TODDLER. The Palins are users who have perverted Christianity so they can use it to hate and condemn. It was great to see the Palins and the Neo Nazis all supporting Chick-fil-A that day. And like the Neo Nazis, I don't think the Palins will be forgiven come Judgment Day.

  • Linda Perkins
    Linda Perkins

    She doesn't have a chance regardless of her talent and I don't understand why she would put herself through the ordeal again. My heart goes out to her. She must have nerves of steel to face the American sarcasm she will have to endure. She deserves the same courtesy every other constestant receives. She is not a politician. Get off her back.She had the bad luck to get involved with a real jerk. Many other young women have done the very same thing.

  • Ann

    Forgot Kelly Monaco. She definitely coukd win!

  • Ann

    I would say any of the returning men could win. From the ladies, perhaps Shawn. Depends if Sabrina is chosen I guess she could. Melissa Rycroft was darned good, too, she probably could.

  • Nancy Chastain Cirelli
    Nancy Chastain Cirelli

    I agree she doesn't have a chance.....and I hope people keep the hate out

  • Ann

    No, she does not have a shot at winning. Not with all of the other competitors who are far superior than she is.