Palin's mother, former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin was in attendance to see her daughter go home.
No word on when or where she was watching the evening's presidential debate.
Bryan will partner up with dance pro Louis van Amstel, who proudly told Good Morning America, "This is the first season I can knock myself out as a dancer, as a choreographer because shes so good." Bryan previously competed in season five of the series with partner Mark Ballas before facing elimination during week six.
(Check out the "All-Stars" cast and dance pro pairings.) Notable moments of the night included Kirstie Alley (who is dancing with Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who recently announced his departure from the show after his contract is up) planting a kiss on Emmy-winning host and Haverhill native Tom Bergeron's lips, Bristol Palin finally letting loose with mom in the crowd, and the new ability for judges to award half points (a rule of which they fully took advantage).
First to the coveted 30 were Laurie Hernandez and Val Chmerkovskiy, whose Charlie and the Chocolate Factory–inspired Viennese waltz had the judges in tears.
During their video package, Laurie seemed frustrated that they weren't getting the scores they should, and cleared her schedule (by missing the gymnastics tour) to get some practice time in.
(ICYMI, Sharna Burgess injured her knee last week and is out for about a month; this has to be a huge bummer since it was looking like she might get to take another swing at the Mirrorball, which she has yet to win.) James and Jenna opted for a Suicide Squad–themed Viennese waltz, which had Julianne melting in her chair.
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For the first week ever, fan favorite Palin and her partner Mark Ballas did not earn the lowest score from the judges -- Kirstie Alley and her partner Maks Chmerkovskiy did.