Friends, this is going to be a long season. The fake drama is already beginning to build. Does anyone really think that the decision to let Rep. DeLay dance was made during the commercial break just before he went on? Really? Oh, his doctors told him not to. The producers told him not to. I say, horse hockey. If the doctors and producers told him not to, he would have been off the show. Right off the bat, my vote to leave tonight goes to Representative DeLay for complicity in this little charade. But, on to the review. This was Latin night, and I feel like it came too early. To be honest, none of the sambas were very good. It's a difficult dance and requires a level of performance that no one is really ready for. Unfortunately, instead of samba, we seem to have gotten a mix of disco, swing and a little foxtrot. So far, the season's only genuine performer, Mýa, pulled off a smooth rumba that was still utterly undeserving of two tens from the judges. She clearly has great potential and the judges simply want to ensure she's not voted off. I'll agree, she has potential. Her score: 10/7/10. Rising from the pack this week was Ms. Coughlin whose respectable rumba caught the judges' attention and earned her an almost-deserved 9/8/9. For my money, Ms. Coughlin is adorable but not terribly romantic. I hope she works on her maturity. For the first time, Ms. Krupa showed some improvement. The rumba is clearly her dance. She knows instinctively how to move within it, and while Mr. Hough worked too hard to keep the spotlight on himself, the result was a respectable 7/8/8. Also noticeable: Mr. Vito who seems to be a genuinely nice fellow especially when he gets his hair out of his face. As for the relationship between him and Ms. Hightower, I leave it to you to decide if it's a budding romance or just a "showmance." In the meantime, he stuck to fairly simple choreography and performed well, for a mid-pack 8/5/7. Keep combing your hair, Mr. Vito, keep trying to improve, and you may go far. In the "oh, how the mighty have fallen" department, a quick look at last week's hopefuls show their stars may already be dimming. Mr. Dacascos, Mr. Osmond, and Mr. Carter all failed to impress this week, and their strictly mid-pack scores showed it. I forecast that Mr. Dacascos will take the challenge to heart and rise back up, but I don't know that the other two will be able to make up for lost time. As in previous weeks, there were other competitors on the dance floor, and I applaud their effort, discipline, and spirit.