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‘Glee Project’ Recap: A Frontrunner Is Eliminated

Wed, August 1, 2012 1:43am EDT by Chris Rogers 5 Comments
Glee Project Recap
Courtesy of Oxygen

Plus, Darren Criss pays a visit during ‘romanticality’ week and the contestants show off their best romantic moves!

On the July 31 episode of The Glee Project, viewers were plagued with a shocking elimination!

The six remaining contestants were introduced to the theme of “romanticality” and got “More Than Words” by Extreme as their homework assignment! They are all told to pair up and Blake picks Ali while Michael picks Shanna. Lily, hurt that Blake didn’t choose her, and Aylin, left without a partner, end up merging as a same-sex couple!

Darren Criss served as guest mentor and picked Blake as the winner of this week’s assignment.

Following their homework assignment, the contestants were instructed they would be shooting a music video for “We Found Love” by Rihanna and they’d be doing it in pairs again. As the winner of the homework assignment, Michael gets to pick his mate first. He picks Ali because he wants to continue to explore their connection. Darren rearranges the other couples and puts Shanna with Aylin and Michael with Lily.

Blake has a hard time harmonizing in the studio, and Shanna isn’t 100% like she’s been all season. But everyone else has one of their best weeks yet!

Everyone does well during the video shoot except for Aylin and Shanna. They were unable to portray real chemistry as a couple and ended up making their scene look like a dance rather than mere romance.

The Bottom 3

Aylin – “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” by Roberta Flack: Aylin forgets a number of words, but Ryan Murphy doesn’t seem to care because he’s loving the idea of having a young muslim woman on Glee.

Blake – “Losing My Religion” by R.E.M.: Blake ended up in the bottom three for his inability to harmonize. Blake’s performance is cute and decent, but Ryan wants him to come back next week and showcase a more vulnerable side.

Shanna – “Stronger” by Kelly Clarkson: Shanna gives a powerhouse performance with intensity, power and confidence! It’s clear why Shanna has been the frontrunner from the start. My only aggravation was when Ryan asked Shanna what type of character she’d like to play on Glee — one that’s never been on TV before — she said “an athletic girl who joins everything.” Huh? (Surely you can come up with something more original than that, right?)

Oh yeah, and Shanna throw Michael under the bus by professing that he should be in the bottom three instead of her!

Not Called Back: Shanna

This is pretty shocking, except for the fact that Oxygen decided to show a preview for next week’s episode — minutes before the elimination was announced — featuring only Blake and Aylin.

What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Did the right contestant go home? Sound off below!

— Christopher Rogers