The reason for the booing is because while Jennifer Grey and her dance partner were being interviewed backstage, the crew on stage began to prepare an interview between Tom Bergeron and Sarah Palin. You can see Palin and her daughter looking off to the side when the camera switches to them and the interview begins.
The following link was posted on Palingates by aview999, which references a comment from Entertainment Weekly:
Sorry but the booing WAS for Palin, they inserted an applause track AFTER the fact. I know one of the techs who works for the studio and he said it was ORDERED. He said they were prepared for this ahead for just this sort of issue. All you Palin supporters do not the real Palin, nor will you ever if she has anything to say or do about it. She is dangerous and IF by some weird fluke of fate, gets elected to the presidency, you better have back up plans to move to either Mexico or Canada, perhaps living in the Dark Ages appeals to you?There was also this from the blog Sarah Palin is a Phony, created in response to the individual's attendance to the DWTS taping:
Having been an audience member on DWTS when Sarah Palin was there, people have been asking me if the audience was actually booing at Sarah. The answer is absolutely yes. It pretty much stopped though when the production assistants were encouraging the audience to cheer. But there's no doubt we were booing at her once it became clear that she was about to be interviewed by Tom Bergeron. While you can hear it before they pan the camera to Sarah Palin, they didn't capture her on television during the booing. Suffice to say, she was looking back at everyone in the audience rather incredulously (just up to the point where the camera focus goes to her and you see her shaking her head in disgust).This is what happens when Palin is presented to a crowd other then the tea party or Fox News, but this is to be expected from someone with an approval rating that is below 30 percent. This is why Palin chooses to avoid the cameras and hand-pick her audience, the coverage, and the questions asked...
First of all, keep in mind, this is a Hollywood television production. I've never been to such an event before. It's not quite like what's seen on TV at all. Actually, much of the time you can't even hear what the hosts are even saying, since the mic is often tapped purely into the television feed and not the room speakers. It's most certainly a made-for-television show. The audience is actually a lot smaller than it seems on TV too, and a good 80% of them were booing, loud and clear.
I don't usually keep a blog, but I want to get the truth out there. There are some articles out there where a producer from ABC is reporting to have said that the booing was because the audience was disappointed about Jennifer Grey's score. Total TV production BS. Going to this kind of event was quite an experience, but in a way, it's actually increased my cynicism about Hollywood.