Someone named Rob Shuter, writing for something called "PopEater," ferreted out the truth, granting anonymity to his sources...for no good reason I can see, except maybe to be able to make the claim he has sources, or maybe so those sources can protect their jobs, which might be endangered by airing such sentiments in Palin-loving Hollywood.
If you're unfamiliar with DWTS, it takes some people who may have been stars of some kind or another at one time, including athletes or reality TV folks or minor celebrities, and pairs them with professional dancers who will work on routines with them. A panel of dance and choreography experts judges the performances and gives their scores, and then telephone lines are opened so that fans can vote for their favorite. A percentage of the phone votes is combined with the judges scores to make a final total, and the lowest score goes home. A performance ranked low by the judges might not be a problem if the celebrity has a large enough fan base, and someone whom the judges scored better may go home instead.
According to Shuter, "(O)ne TV insider" said if Bristol wins, "Any creditability the show had will be over."
I do not believe that looks to be a substantial loss.