Tuesday night in November, and another Palin awaited her results.
As everyone knows, momentum on Dancing With the Stars is more than judges' adulation--the voters at home have major pull, as evidenced by Bristol Palin's ascendance into the semifinals, despite consecutive last-place finishes.
But with nothing ahead but the finale, did her fans do enough last night to vault her over Jennifer Grey, Brandy or Kyle Massey for a spot in the top three.
You betcha they did!
Bristol the Pistol will be joining Kyle and Jennifer in next week's final, meaning Brandy and Maks Chmerkovskiy got the boot Tuesday, despite their second-place finish last night that included a perfect Argentine tango.
And according to Tom Bergeron, a series-high number of votes were cast to make it happen.
Not one person didn't look stunned, including Bristol and her partner Mark Ballas.
"I don't know how to feel right now. It hasn't processed yet for me," Brandy said after hearing the news (followed by the audience's audible gasp).
And did Maks just say goodbye to Dancing With the Stars?
"I said it in many press interviews, one thing that I love...for my family, the choice they made is to come to this country," the Ukraine-born dancer said, "is the fact that people vote and their voices count. I love the fact that this show represents that, represents the people's choice.
"I don't regret a second of the last five years of my being on the show and definitely not a second of me being on this season. It's been an amazing journey."
Wait, is the journey over?!
Well, it isn't for Jennifer, Kyle and Bristol, who all compete next Monday in the 11th-season final of Dancing With the Stars.
(Originally published Nov. 16, 2010, at 7:05 p.m. PT)