The former vice-presidential candidate was in the ABC television ballroom Monday to cheer on her daughter, whom she called "Bristol the pistol."
Palin had only good things to say about her daughter's competitors and the show's three judges when interviewed briefly by show host Tom Bergeron.
Palin praised the "courage, joy and exuberance" of the dancers and kept mum about the judges, saying, "It's like a hockey game. You're not going to chew out the refs before your team is up."
So what's it like to have mom in the audience?
"It's awesome," the 19-year-old said.