'The Glee Project' Recap: Who's the Best Chameleon?
Tuesday, July 03, 2012
It's Adaptability Week on the Glee Project, which seems especially appropriate for me, since I'm new to the show. But I did my homework, so let's give the final 10 competitors theirs!
Homework Assignment: "You Oughta Know," by Alainis Morisette
Aylin and Charlie decide to cut off their romance and just be friends after it served as a distraction, but then they hug it out and we'll see how well that goes.
Everyone is excited to hear that it's adaptability week, until they realize they don't know exactly what it means. They won't be picking their own parts, which will be handed out at random.
They perform in front of guest judge Kevin McHale, who plays wheelchair-bound Artie Abrams on Glee. The adaptability twist is that they're each singing the song as a solo. Several of them don't know all the words, but Charlie, Shanna, Michael and Aylin did well. Ali, however, really killed and brought out the anger in the song. She's my choice, but Kevin goes with Aylin. She will get the one-on-one session and standout moment in the group number, which is ... they're not telling them, in light of the theme (which Lily hates!). They won't find out the song until they get to the studio, and they won't learn the choreography until the day they shoot the video.
But thankfully, we're not on the show, so we know it's:
Music Video: "Price Tag" by Jessie J
Vocals: Nikki Anders tells them the song, and Aylin is very excited. Most of the others don't know it, which makes it tough for them to sing it. Shanna, Michael and Lily pick it up quickly, and Aylin really cuts loose and brings it. Rough go for Abraham though, and Ali struggled.
Video Shoot: Not only did most of them just learn the song, but now they're also headed to the shoot without having their choreography yet, which could pose some problems. The concept of the video is the mean rich kids versus the broke kids. The broke kids have fun, and the mean kids join them one by one. Then the last mean rich kid, Aylin, will get to choose which side she wants.
Charlie invents "Scott Campbell," the worst human being ever, and his goal is to stay in character the whole time and annoy everyone. Robert and Nikki think it's becoming more about him and his character than the group, which isn't good. So for the second straight week, Charlie is putting himself in a bad position that has nothing to do with his talent.
Erik has a really tough time getting through to Mario, and they battle over his acting ability (which Mario remains extremely confident in). They rush the rest of the choreography because the light is fading, and everyone struggles to pick it up quickly. No one really looks natural at all in the video, but Aylin still decides to join the group of poor unnatural losers rather than stay alone, rich and happy.
The Bottom Six and Last-Chance Performances
Since it's Adaptability Week, we have a bottom six instead of a bottom three. They'll be performing duets for Ryan Murphy, who will then decide which three are eligible for elimination.
Ali and Abraham -- "Last Friday Night" by Katy Perry: Abraham continues his worst week ever and forgets the words several times. The song seems rushed, and some parts of the duet have really awkward harmonies. Ryan points out the word problems, but calls Ali a little Dolly Parton. I think Abraham is in trouble.
Mario and Charlie -- "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" by Elton John and George Michael: It's interesting that these two get to sing a song that is ACTUALLY a duet. The singing is good, but the performance doesn't do it for me, especially they way they awkwardly stand there with their arms around each other.
Nellie and Blake -- "Waiting for a Girl Like You" by Foreigner: Nellie gets criticized for fading into the background of a group setting, but she does better in a duet. They both do a good job of matching the vocals with the emotion of the song, and the judges loved it. The advice is for both of them to be more aggressive.
Ryan gives callbacks to Ali, Nellie and Blake, so it's down to Mario, Charlie and Abraham.
Who's Going Home?
It's the end of the line for Mario, who just didn't have the acting chops to get the job done. Being blind is obviously a huge challenge to overcome, but that will certainly not hold him back from chasing his dreams.
Next Week: The theme is fearlessness, which means the overthinkers and less confident competitors are going to struggle to find their courage. Jane Lynch stops by as guest mentor.
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