The truth is, anyone's name could have been called to head home from ABC's hit show "Dancing With the Stars" on Tuesday night and it would have been a shock.
On Monday night, most of the contestants scored well with the judges. Although opera singer Katherine Jenkins has been a top performer on the show all season, she made a few missteps in one of her Monday night performances — and subsequently beat herself up about it. So folks may not have been too surprised to hear her name called as this week's eliminated dancer.
Instead, it was one of the night's top scorers who got the boot.
It ultimately came down to TV journalist Maria Menounos and her partner Derek Hough and NFL star Donald Driver and his partner Peta Murgatroyd.
Menounos was the one to go, despite having a near-perfect score on Monday night. The judges salivated over the Argentine tango she performed as her first dance, rewarding her with perfect 10s all around. For her second performance, she took on the jive, and the judges actually named her the winner of the night — and possibly the competition itself.
When her name was called Tuesday night, Menounos said, "I learned so many things — how strong I was, to persevere ... I want to thank everyone here. I want to thank Derek and my family and everyone who voted for us."
Next week, the remaining three celebrities — Latin heartthrob William Levy and his partner Cheryl Burke, Driver and Murgatroyd, and Jenkins and Mark Ballas will compete for the mirror ball trophy.