"There's lots of haters out there just waiting for me to fail. That just gives me more motivation to prove them wrong."
There's no doubt that when it comes to this year's Dancing with the Stars finalists, Bristol Palin is the wildcard.
On Monday, the 20-year-old – with partner Mark Ballas - performed for the last time on the show as a serious contender for the coveted mirror ball trophy. She has survived nine weeks of eliminations, but not without controversy.
Despite consistently receiving low marks from the judges for her efforts, Sarah Palin's daughter has been kept in the competition by the viewers, knocking out other, arguably more talented dancers, in the process.
Bristol's staying power has led to speculation that members of the Tea Party, many of whom are strong supporters of her politician mother Sarah, are involved in an organised effort to keep her in the show.
These claims, however, have been dismissed by the show's executive producer Conrad Green who has said he believes Bristol "deserves" her place in the season 11 finals.
And, with some saying the programme's credibility has been thrown into question, he added that it's not the first time a less-skilled dancer has made it to the last round.
"Quite often it's been the one who's the most popular or someone who's captured the public's imagination because of their performance or who they were," he told People.
"You can argue whether or not she deserves to be there more than someone else who the judges have assigned to be a better dancer, but then you make sure you vote for that person. It's not rocket science."