Do you agree with Ryan Murphy’s elimination decision on June 19? Read our full recap, then cast your vote!
With the second season of The Glee Project well underway, tension is mounting and contestants are getting catty — and I say, bring it on! Having a surprise mentor in the form of Cory Monteith felt like getting two cherries on my ice cream sundae! The 11 remaining contestants seemed to share my sentiments as they rocked out to Kelly Clarkson’s “My Life Would Suck Without You” during this weeks theme of vulnerability on June 19!
Cory, dubbed as someone who could write the book on vulnerability, carefully watched the Glee hopefuls perform the pop hit. It wasn’t that difficult, seeing as how the contestants just leaned against the wall, doused with a spotlight, as they sang their given line. I understand the song required raw emotion, but where was the pizzaz? This is a competition to fight for a spot on Glee after all!
In Cory’s eyes, Lily took her line in the wrong direction and made it “too sexy.” Nellie came out on top and won a one-on-one mentoring session with the man who embodies Finn Hudson!
Following the theme of vulnerability, the contestants were given REM’s “Everybody Hurts” for their music video assignment! The song brought out some unexpected moments including Charlie’s odd decision to steal Mario’s walking stick while acting out a scene! (I must say that the theme of their video was bullying, but Charlie’s tactics seemed a bit inappropriate — and beyond what was called for.) Mario, on the other hand, has a hard time taking criticism and chastised vocal coach Nikki Anders for questioning his vocal ability. How dare her!
Left in the bottom three were Charlie, Mario, and Lily!
Lily started the sing-off with Duffy’s “Mercy” in which she used her sex appeal to win over Ryan Murphy & Co. Except it was her sex appeal and cocky demeanor that lead Ryan to reveal that Lily is “not an under dog, and that’s what Glee is all about.” Of course, the tears started flowing and Lily demanded that ballads and vulnerability are her strong suit! Thus, Ryan was impressed with her candor and openness.
Charlie was up next with Coldplay’s “Fix You.” His rendition was so far from the “karaoke” version that Ryan, including myself, felt scared, but relieved all at once. And his voice is definitely one-of-a-kind! Ryan found the performance to be “inspired.” We’d have to agree! As Charlie walked from the stage, Ryan was overheard saying “I could not have loved him more.” (And in that second, we knew we’d get at least another week with the cane stealer!)
Mario finished out the sing-off with “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” While his performance was mediocre at best, it was his questioning by Ryan and Nikki that made for entertaining television! Ryan & Co. found Mario’s “I’m classically trained” defense mechanisms as overbearing and inappropriate for the series. Yet, tears began flowing (is that a guarantee to be saved in reality TV?) and all was alright in the world again!
Ryan gleefully (pun intended) chose to keep everyone around for another week, yet I’m sure he regretted that decision after seeing this episode air live! Mario was spotted berating his fellow contestants on their “off-pitch voices” just moments after leaving his “save me” performance!
What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Did Ryan make the right decision? Who do you think should have went home?
– Chris Rogers
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