Just when I thought that not much could surprise me, along comes something like the first results night of Season 16 on "Dancing With the Stars."

The first stunner was when D.L. Hughley and Cheryl Burke, the couple with by far the lowest scores, were saved by the voting viewers to compete next week, proving that D.L. has a fierce fan base, after all. At the announcement, both D.L. and Cheryl dropped to their knees in surprise. Me, too!

But the real shocker came in the final minutes of the show. After all other pairs had been declared safe to dance again next week, three couples "in jeopardy" -- Andy Dick and Sharna Burgess, Victor Ortiz and Lindsay Arnold, and Lisa Vanderpump and Gleb Savchenko -- stood waiting to hear their fates. Andy and Sharna were told they were safe, and I was thinking how interesting it was that the new pros were partners in all three couples. That's when host Tom Bergeron called Dorothy Hamill and Tristan MacManus out from backstage.


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With tears in her voice, Dorothy quietly explained to everyone that her injury was serious enough for her surgeon to say it might be irreparable if she continued on the show. Accordingly, she said she had to drop out "on doctor's orders," and went on to praise Tristan for his patience and support. The ballroom was so quiet, you could have heard a sequin drop, and many of the dancers were stunned and in tears.

As a result of Dorothy's exit, neither of the two bottom couples were eliminated. Tom reminded both that they had gotten a reprieve and to make good use of the time.

Other than that, it was a fairly typical results night with lots of entertainment. Limiting the show to one hour kept it moving at a brisk pace, and asking the fans to go to Twitter to select the encore couple was a smart move to keep the viewers involved. The fans picked Zendaya and Val Chmerkovskiy's awesome jive -- definitely a popular selection.

The first performance was by the duo Icona Pop (Aino Jawo and Caroline Hjelt), who sang "I Love It," as the audience members bounced around the dance floor with glow necklaces around their necks. The infectious tune even had the judges on their feet and moving with the beat.

Later in the show, Josh Groban performed his single, "Brave," in front of a full stage of musicians and backup singers, as Chelsie Hightower and Dmitry Chaplin danced romantically through a cloud of dry ice.

Next week's theme is "Prom Night," and I only hope that Tony Dovolani can break through to Wynonna Judd, that Andy Dick continues to improve, that D.L. and Cheryl appreciate their luck by rehearsing until they're better, and that Victor and Lindsay, and Lisa and Gleb ignite some spark of chemistry to make their routines a bit less boring. See you next week!