updated 04/19/2011 AT 3:00 PM ET
•originally published 04/19/2011 AT 10:10 PM ET
After a night of patriotic performances, three couples – Kendra Wilkinson and Louis van Amstel, Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff and Petra Nemcova and Dmitry Chaplan – were tied at the bottom of the leader board with just 22 points a piece when the confetti settled on Dancing with the Stars Monday.
In the end, Petra Nemcova was eliminated.
“It’s been a life-changing journey,” she said after the decision was announced, “and I’ve made amazing friends. So many people got inspired because of … Dancing with the Stars.”