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Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin — and the family's hometown of Wasilla, Alaska — were excited about daughter Bristol’s appearance on Dancing With the Stars. And they weren’t disappointed! The 19-year-old mom and abstinence advocate’s provocative performance was a big hit with her fans to the north. "She was great! It was so much fun watching her. We had a party in our living room, and local businesses had "Dance Bristol Dance" signs around town. Folks were cheering her on!" Sarah tells In Touch of the reaction to Bristol's cha-cha to “Mama Told Me (Not to Come),” in which the brunette beauty seemed to play off her mother's conservative image by tearing off a suit to reveal a sexy red dress. Though Bristol's partner, Mark Ballas, previously said she was uncomfortable to be dancing before a massive audience, Sarah insists her daughter is thrilled to be competing in the ABC reality show. "She's having the time of her life, and we are thankful. This is a story of perseverance, taking personal responsibility, and keeping her head up while having faith. What seems like a great challenge can turn into a great blessing," she adds. After a bitter summer split from Levi Johnston, the father of her 20-month-old son Tripp, Bristol truly seems to be back on top!