The moment of truth arrived tonight on American Idol.
Just how rabid are the Lauren Alaina fans? Do Scotty McCreery's fans ever get tired of texting and dialing? Has Haley Reinhart been a sure thing all along? Are there going to be two young ladies in the finale for the first time since 2004?
Ninety-five million votes later, we have our answer.
Scotty and Lauren are in the finale, so, no girl-on-girl action and no last word for Haley.
Instead, we'll have the second boy-girl finale in a row and the youngest finale ever—at 17 and 16, they really are a boy and a girl!
That, and the fact that Scotty and Lauren are cute as buttons, counts for something. Right?
Haley, who had growled and clawed her way to the Top Three, ducking errant blows from the judges (minus Steven Tyler) throughout, looked a bit stunned, but regrouped in seconds.
Before you could even say, "Aw, man," the 20-year-old was blowing kisses to the still-adoring crowd and the standing-and-applauding judges.
"This is only the beginning. Thank you all so much," she said before breaking into "Bennie and the Jets."
On last night's performance show, Haley pulled out all the stops, covering Led Zeppelin (excellently), Stevie Nicks (respectably) and Alanis Morissette (admirably).
All three finalists were "in it to win it" at some point last night, but the country-music machine proved too fierce.
Baby-faced Scotty turned in three wise-beyond-his-years country tunes, while Lauren, though more hit-and-miss, absolutely nailed "I Hope You Dance."
So here we are. Next week's Idol performances are on Tuesday for a change. Don't forget!
Are you tickled pink by these results or are you doing your best impression of the Haley growl?
(Originally published May 19, 2011, at 5:56 p.m. PT)