This season is so weak that I have taken to watching performances from years past. A few observations:
1. They used to have a different band director, and sounded better.
2. It was weird seeing Julianne bring in Derek, who was not on the show yet, to help coach Apollo. Derek was cool then.
3. Samantha was quieter, which was better, and wasn't so lean and muscular, which was hotter.
4. I've always wondered what the big deal was with Sabrina Bryan - I didn't watch the show back then - but Holy Smokes! That girl was a better dancer on night one than most of the champions were in the finale. If you haven't watched her, check out her chacha and rumba on youtube. All I can say is wow, fabulous.
Having said that, Sabrina was almost as much of a ringer as Mya - she danced on stage and in videos with the Cheetah girls. Kind of like Lance and Joey, except she totally got ballroom, instantly.
And Sabrina puts Mya to shame, in terms of personality, dancing, likability, technique, showmanship, and interest level.
So I guess not all ringers are created equal.