Sean Lowe and partner Peta Murgatroyd portrayed a magician and his assistants in their trio jazz number with Sharna Burgess on Monday night, but no amount of magic dust would save the couple from being eliminated from "Dancing With the Stars" Season 16. After languishing for weeks in the lower numbers of the leaderboard, not even the steady presence of Sean's fiancée could change viewers' votes.

"I've enjoyed every second of (the season)," Sean told co-host Brooke Burke-Charvet. "I truly am blessed to have taken part in this with all these stars. I'm still just a normal guy from Dallas. What an incredible opportunity."

The first results announcement took everyone by surprise when Ingo Rademacher and Kym Johnson were said to be safe to dance in next week's semifinals. Let's face it -- none of the producers want to see Ingo leave and take his adorable son, Peanut, 6, home with him. Showing a cute video, titled "Adventures with Peanut Rademacher," made that perfectly clear.

What was incredible for the night were the other two couples declared in jeopardy: Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough, and Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff. Derek took a scolding by head judge Len Goodman last night for what Len thought were deficiencies in the couple's trio paso doble with Tristan MacManus. But Derek and Kellie definitely took the high road tonight when speaking with Brooke about the score Len gave them -- a 7, compared to the 10s from judges Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba. "Everyone likes their coffee different," said Kellie, with a tight smile.


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Looking at a shocked Kellie and Derek after the announcement, host Tom Bergeron said pointedly, "Somebody might be wearing a 7-paddle home tonight." My question is, did the voters actually agree with Len or was the "in jeopardy" announcement only for dramatic effect to steer viewers away from the obvious outcome? And was putting Jacoby and Karina in jeopardy, too, another attempt at misdirection?

To no one's surprise, Zendaya and Val Chmerkovskiy were selected to perform their trio salsa with Gleb Savchenko for the judges' encore dance. Also to no surprise, Zendaya and Val will be in the semifinals, as will Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas.

Viewers were urged to vote on Twitter to chose the dances for next week from a list. After the votes were totaled, the dances and the couples who will be doing them are: flamenco -- Kellie and Derek; Charleston -- Ingo and Kym; hip hop -- Zendaya and Val; Aly and Mark -- Afro-jazz (heaven help us); and Jacoby and Karina -- Lindy hop. Sadly for those in love with the '70s and disco, that dance went home with Sean and Peta. Amazingly, everyone got the dance that they said they wanted. Interesting.

There was an opening number with pro and Troupe dancers; Jason Derulo performed his current single, "The Other Side," mixing a little magic into his routine; and Emeli Sandé sang her chart-topping "Next to Me." For me, the highlight of the night was the dance, a la a classic Fred Astaire routine, by Derek and Jaimie Goodwin that used every last square inch of a rotating room hauled into the ballroom.

Barring future squabbles between and with the judges, the path seems clear for Kellie, Zendaya and Aly to glide into the finals. It will be up to Jacoby and Ingo to tone up their technique, polish their personalities, and dance as they've never danced before to put a bump or two into that smooth path. See you next week.