Friends, I infer from comments on last night's show that much of the crew was as sick as the choreographers. I suppose that means that I should be a big softie like the judges were last night, and forgive uninspiring camerawork, poor pacing, wrong notes, missed cues, and easily the worst audio mix I've heard in some time. Let it be known that I've been sick the last week or so as well, and the expectations on me are as strong as ever. I shall attempt to be more generous than those who judge me... if only a little. Apparently this is the halfway point of the season, and there will be several double eliminations to come in order to thin the ranks. So, with ten dancers and five weeks left, let's jump in. The Paso Doble: Only four couples performed the emotionally charged paso, with varying degrees of success. The judges were effusive in their praise for all four, although I was a bit less impressed. I can't give high marks to any of the dancers, really; I thought that while Mr. Irvin finally found a dance that lets his own character shine through, none of the other dancers captured the spirit of the dance. Mr. Dacascos was the best of the lot, but I didn't think he looked masculine enough. The Argentine Tango: The standout performance of the night belonged, as always, to Mýa, who simply "gets it." She was sharp and dramatic and precise. In general the other dancers lacked precision and punch, and while Mr. Carter was much improved, he still manages to look like a mix of Matt Frewer and John Cleese on the dance floor. (If you're under 40, look those names up.) Special credit this week goes to Ms. Krupa who performed fairly well despite having to learn all the choreography twice. It's always nice to see Mr. Chmerkovskiy and he certainly did his best to bring it last night. The judges' scores should be enough to save fan favorites Mr. Osmond and Mýa, but otherwise it seems anyone could leave. Take a look at the scores: [TABLE]Dancers | Score Donny Osmond and Kym Johnson | 29 Mýa and Dmitry Chaplin | 27 Mark Dacascos and Lacey Schwimmer | 26 Aaron Carter and Karina Smirnoff | 24 Joanna Krupa and Maksim Chmerkovskiy | 24 Kelly Osbourne and Louis van Amstel | 24 Melissa Joan Hart and Mark Ballas | 23 Natalie Coughlin and Alec Mazo | 22 Louie Vito and Chelsie Hightower | 22 Michael Irvin and Anna Demidova | 21 [/TABLE] As for the group dance, at least none of the celebrities wandered off in the wrong direction or looked bizarrely uncomfortable. The dance is a simple one and while the group stayed within the basic choreography it was passable. I did think some of the tricks looked a bit painful to execute. If this review strikes you as a bit short, friends, remember what your mother told you... if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything.