'Dancing With the Stars': Boos for Judges, Not Sarah Palin

Alternate sequence shows judge incredulous that crowd booed high score.

ByABC News
September 28, 2010, 4:45 PM

Sept. 28, 2010 — -- "Dancing With the Stars" tonight presented video outtakes as evidence that the crowd Monday night did not boo Sarah Palin as she was about to be interviewed by the show's host.

The video clip aired tonight showed the crowd booing after the show's judges announced a score many in the audience apparently considered too low, and increased as one of the judges seemed to egg them on.

"They're booing an 8?" show judge Bruno Tonioli, an Italian choreographer, said incredulously immediately after revealing his verdict Monday on a performance by "Dirty Dancing" star Jennifer Grey and her partner Derek Hough, according to the alternate video sequence broadcast Tuesday night.

"What's a-matter you?" Tonioli joked, turning around to face the crowd after delivering the third straight "8" score from the three-judge panel for the performance.

Tonioli's full reaction wasn't shown on Monday's broadcast, when the loud booing nearly drowned out show co-host Brooke Burke while she instructed the audience at home on how to vote for Gray and moments before Palin was interviewed.

"There's booing in the ballroom and we don't know why," Burke said, looking perplexed.

Grey asked, "Why are they booing?" Burke countered that she didn't know, and the show cut to co-host Tom Bergeron introducing "guest ballroom commentator" Palin and her daughter, Piper.

Many viewers wondered whether the jeers were directed at Palin, the former governor of Alaska and ex-vice presidential candidate. Palin's eldest daughter, Bristol, is a contestant on this season of "Dancing."

But late Monday night, on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!," Bergeron said the crowd wasn't booing Palin, they were just upset because they felt that Grey should've gotten a higher score. Grey and Hough's 24 was the top score of the night.

This evening, Bergeron told the judges, "Sarah Palin told me before the show that she was surprised at all of the controversy because she was booing you guys, too."