'The Glee Project' Recap: Britney vs. Bowie
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Now that Charlie and Aylin have been broken up on The Glee Project,
the show is in need of a new showmance. Well, how about a bromance
instead? We open with Blake and Michael bro-ing out, talking about how
it's hard to compete with your best friend. It doesn't matter, because
I'm pretty sure Blake is gonna win this whole thing, and this week he
seems to return to his frontrunner status.
He does that by playing Boy George in a music video that finds everyone dressing up like famous musical stars, including Britney Spears and David Bowie.
Homework Assignment: "I Hope I Get It" from A Chorus Line
Without Charlie or Mario, Lily Mae takes complete control of the rehearsals for the group number. Guest mentor Grant Gustin (Sebastian on Glee) was originally cast after being on tour with West Side Story, which is the basis for him judging Theatricality week.
The song is about on par with Gustin as a mentor because it's so out of sync with everything else this season. Let's be honest, after stars like Lea Michele, Cory Monteith and Jane Lynch, Gustin is a bit of a letdown. This number is pure musical theater, and Nellie and Michael fail to be wacky and over-the-top while Lily shines and Ali wins.
Music Video: "When I Grow Up" by Pussycat Dolls
The contestants play grocery store clerks who daydream about being music icons. Here's the rundown of who's playing who.
Michael = Elvis Presley
Aylin = Madonna
Abraham = David Bowie
Blake = Boy George
Lily = Cyndi Lauper
Ali = Katy Perry
Shanna = Lady Gaga
Nellie = Britney Spears
Choreography: Zach Woodlee simplifies the choreography to a simple set of movements so that this group of totally incompetent dancers doesn't screw it up again. It's kind of hilarious how exasperated he is with how bad the kids have been at dancing this season. To make up for it, the "extra scene during the second-to-last commercial" is all about how much everyone loves Zach. I'd be curious to see if Zach is up to choreographing a routine or two for So You Think You Can Dance.
Vocals: As happens almost every single week, Michael gets stuck in his head and tanks his time with Nikki Anders. Nikki asks Abraham if h considers himself androgynous like David Bowie. That seems a tad odd and it throws him off his game for a bit, but then he learns to embrace his androgyny.
Video Shoot: The judges instantly fall in love with the totally ridiculous costumes all the kids are wearing for this shoot. Pretty much everyone is a star, particularly homework winner Ali. Here are a few of the highlights.
Shanna: She wears Gaga's heavy, stinky meat dress, but she's a total pro about it.
Blake: He reveals he has a gay brother and doesn't want to play Boy George as a stereotypically "sassy" homosexual, and the judges really admire his choices.
Michael: He's usually in his head, but as Elvis he karate kicks his way to impress the judges in one take.
Aylin: She opens two soda cans with her Madonna boob cones and Robert Ulrich thinks this is the funniest, most amazing thing ever. It kind of is.
Nellie: On the negative side, Nellie naturally fights being a sexy Britney and struggles.
Lily: The judges complain that she's not really playing a character, she's just being herself. In her defense, Cyndi Lauper is probably the LEAST "character-y" of all the musical icons. I mean, what does acting like her even look like?
The Bottom 3
Nellie - "I'm the Only One" by Melissa Ethridge: The judges are so over Nellie complaining about having to play sexy, but the irony is that her performance is actually quite good and sexy. If she did this in the music video, she wouldn't be in the bottom. Ryan Murphy has no idea what role he'd write for her, and he's not sure she even wants it more than everyone else.
Abraham - "Stereo Hearts" by Gym Class Heroes and Adam Levine: Sainging a song Glee Project winner Samuel Larsen did on Glee is certainly a tall order and I don't think this measures up. Ryan brings up the androgyny and gets Abraham to fully embrace it and show some earnest emotion.
Lily - "Someone Like You" by Adele: She does a remarkable acting job, stripping away all the sexy, sassiness we usually get from her. She gets to the emotional core of the song, though I'm not won over by the vocals (but only because this is a song so epic that only one in every billion people should ever attempt it). Lily gets passionate defending herself, as well she should because I totally agree with her that Cyndi Lauper doesn't really have a "persona" that she could've played.
Who's Going Home?
Nellie is eliminated! I can't find any fault with Ryan's reasoning, because she doesn't seem up to the challenge. But I'm still going to miss her because I think she's beautiful with an amazing voice and she had the most insanely steamy chemistry with Blake. Now who's gonna rub up against him in music videos?
Next week on The Glee Project: Amber Riley stops by for a lesson in tenacity that includes a music video in one take.
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