The Glee Project Recap: Less Than Perfect

So, this was what happened on The Glee Project this week!

See you all for the finale!

Oh, all right, other stuff happened too…

It’s Actability week on The Glee Project. Aside from gratuitous shirtlessness, there were fisticuffs, melodrama and a shocking surprise ending.

  • The Homework Assignment is “Addicted to love” by Robert Palmer. Only Michael has heard it and he seems delighted. Lily makes a disparaging comment about how “it’s so 80’s” which guarantees her removal from Snicks’ Christmas card list.
  • Dianna Agron is the Celebrity Judge. And for an additional twist, as they are performing, she will hold up a flashcard with an emotion on it that they have to portray while singing.

  • Michael ends up winning for his determined face. I didn’t really see how he was better than Aylin, but I was happy he got a W.
  • The song of the week is Pink’s “Perfect.” Each of them is given a basic character idea to build on and they will be expected to improvise during the shoot.
  • Michael shows that he has the chops he needs to make it as an actor and for the first time in weeks I see hope for him.
  • And here’s where I get myself into trouble with the Ali fans. I think she completely failed. Yes, Lily is an overwhelming personality. But there are lots of big personalities in an ensemble cast. If you can’t draw focus, then you are not going to be much of a character.

Ali could have brought more to the scene–anger, resentment, betrayal. She didn’t. And after the way the judges rode Nellie for being too passive, I found them giving Ali a pass to be entirely unacceptable.

  • In some ways, they gave Aylin an easy one. Putting her in the Muslim headdress made it easy for her to get into character. However, previously she’s gotten into trouble for laughing it off when things got too intense, so deserves kudos for staying true to the scene
  • Anyway, if you haven’t seen the video, you should because these kids just knock it out of the park.

  • The mentors decide that all five will perform for Ryan, which is really the only fair thing to do.
  • Six of the Glee writers will also be there to give their input. Glee has writers? Who knew?
  • Michael performs the Glee slow-version of “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” which we all know and prefer as a Cyndi Lauper hit. He does what he can with it, but it’s not a very dynamic song in this arrangement.
  • Lily Mae sings the Dusty Springfield hit, “Son of a Preacher Man” and she totally hams it up.
  • Ali gives us, “Here’s to Us” by Halestorm. She’s got a lot of power within her, but I still don’t see anything more than the “fierce chick” she always shows us.

  • Blake sings, “I’m Still Standing” by Elton John. He has fun with it, but it’s becoming very clear that he is not a strong singer.
  • And then Aylin comes on and gives us “Fighter” by Christina Aguilera. It’s hard to beat the version of this song that had Blaine showering in it, but Aylin does a great job. She shows a range of emotions in it.
  • As the judges discuss, Ryan gives me a heart attack when he says they may cut two or even three people. Apparently, he’s seen the nasty things I’ve had to say and this is payback.
  • Ryan really gets on my nerves when he says they have to pick the ones they feel the most compelled to write for. If it was just about who you felt the most interest in, Mr. Murphy, than why bother having them compete at all? You knew Aylin came from a conservative Muslim family. You knew Ali was paralyzed. You knew Michael was sex on a stick. Why bother making them compete if you are now going to judge them on what you knew all along?
  • Well, in the end they cut Michael and Lily. I was shocked and a little appalled.

Next week is the finale? Who will win? Who do you want to win?

The Glee Project airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET on Oxygen.