By Lynette Rice
Updated August 31, 2010 at 04:07 AM EDT

Looks like those rumors about a possible reality show starring Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston were partly true: The daughter of the former governor of Alaska told EW that she’s been “approached to do a lot of things” but she chose Dancing with the Stars because “it’s right up my alley.”

“It’s something that is family oriented, it’s positive and it’s a good competition,” she said. Palin was announced Monday as one of the 12 new celebrity dancers who will participate in the 11th season of Dancing with the Stars.

As for all those other reality show offers, “nothing was me,” Palin explained. “Nothing fit and this does fit. I don’t want my public life to be out there.” That’s about to change: If there’s any show that invites a ton of press coverage, its Dancing with the Stars. Though it was her decision to participate, Palin doesn’t seem too thrilled about having to help publicize the new season. “I’ve always hated doing press,” admitted Palin, who appeared visibly frustrated with having to talk to reporters after the live press conference. She then looked over to group of journalists and said, “sorry, everybody.”

She also didn’t want to talk about Johnston.

Palin expects that people will question whether she has time to dance with a toddler at home. “I’ve been asked that about 1,000 times,” said Palin, who chose to wear an understated top and jeans to the press conference – a stark contrast to the tight dresses worn by fellow Dancing participants Jennifer Grey, Brandy and Audrina Patridge. “It’s like the complete opposite (with this show). I’m going to be able to spend more time with Tripp. I worked an 8 to 5 job in Alaska for the last year, and this isn’t an 8 to 5 job. This will give me more time with my son.”