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Bristol Palin finished third on the Dancing with the Stars finale.

Considering the scrutiny and controversy she fought through – not to mention her lack of experience dancing – it’s pretty darn impressive for the 20-year-old.

Her secret to overcoming all that adversity? Prayer.

Palin, who fell just short behind Kyle Massey and winner Jennifer Grey on last night’s finale, drew ire from some fans for advancing despite relatively low scores.

“It is faith that got me through this, just praying all the time and just relying on God and knowing that He is on our side and we’ll get through this,” she said.

“Just persevere, have confidence, and be willing to go try new things,” she said, asked what she’ll take away from this. “I’ve grown so much as a person.”

She’s come along way since dating Levi Johnston. Follow the jump to see Bristol and Mark, along with their fellow finalists, on The View

Dancing With the Stars Cast on The View: Part I
Dancing With the Stars Cast on The View: Part I