The Glee Project Review: Take A Bow

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It's "Theatricality" week on The Glee Project. You know who would be perfect for this? Charlie. You know who went home last week? Charlie. Without him, there are only three men left standing in the final eight contenders.

Can they hang tough? Here's hoping.

Being Theatrical

As the competition heats up, Blake and Michael, who've become great friends, find that it's difficult to compete with each other. Now that Charlie's gone, Aylin is more determined than ever to win.

The mood in the house is very subdued in Charlie's absence. Robert manages, however, to get an excited response when he tells them they'll be singing "I Hope I Get It" from A Chorus Line.

Lily takes over during their rehearsal and completely annoys Aylin.

Grant Gustin, Sebastian himself, is this weeks' guest mentor. Having gotten his start in West Side Story, he's a great one to judge this week.

This is by far not their best Homework Assignment performance. Not by a long shot. In fact, it's downright awful. If this were the only performance they had this week, none of them would be called back.

Grant compliments Michael on his voice but says sometimes his confidence is lacking. Nellie's lacking in confidence, too. Ali and Lily were his favorites. Ali won.

For the Big Group Number, they'll be performing "When I Grow Up" by The Pussycat Dolls. They'll each be assigned a pop icon to embody for the video shoot.

Michael will be Elvis. Aylin will be Madonna. Abraham gets to channel his inner David Bowie while Blake is Boy George. Lily gets Cyndi Lauper while Ali will become Katy Perry. Shanna is Lady Gaga and Nellie, unassuming Nellie, is Britney Spears.

They're back in the dance studio with Zach and Brooke and Zach admonishes them not to embarrass him this time. It won't be pretty if they do.

In the booth with Nikki, Michael says he tried not to practice beforehand to avoid crashing and burning. It didn't really work for him. Nikki asks Abraham if he feels androgynous when he sings since David Bowie was known for being androgynous. The question hits a nerve and he struggles with his performance.

In costume for the video, Shanna gets to wear what may be Lady Gaga's most infamous outfit ever--the meat dress.

Blake decides to play Boy George a little straighter than Boy George would play himself and that works in his favor. Robert is impressed. Ali's having a good week, too. Michael gets his part of the video filmed in one take and Aylin makes everyone laugh.

Nellie isn't comfortable at all and it shows. She can't loosen up to be Britney. Lily receives some criticism for being a dressed up version of herself instead of Cyndi Lauper.

Shanna, in my opinion, gets a pass on everything for wearing 20 pounds of meat for eight hours. Luckily, she does a great job with her role and Zach and Robert are impressed with her professionalism.

The video came together well, just like they all do once Erik and his team work their editing magic.

Nikki, Zach, and Robert waste no time telling Ali she's been called back for next week. Shanna, Blake, and Aylin join her on the safe list.

Michael's confidence issues continue to plague him. Nellie still can't get comfortable in the roles she's given and everyone else jumps right into them. Abraham misinterpreted Nikki's question about David Bowie being androgynous. And Lily just got Cyndi Lauper all wrong.

Nellie, Abraham, and Lily will be doing Last Chance performances.

Going first for Last Chance, Nellie's singing "I'm The Only One" by Melissa Ethridge. This doesn't start out as a great performance. It gets better when she hits the chorus, but it's not her best Last Chance. Ryan says it's the most passionate he's ever seen her and then asks who she would've chosen to be if she'd been able to be someone other than Britney. Her answer? "I don't know."  She's afraid of being overconfident and doesn't want to tell herself that she's got this when she realizes everyone in the competition wants this as bad as she does.

Abraham got "Stereo Hearts" by Gym Class Heroes and Adam Levine. He gives a great performance and then flirts with Ryan. But Ryan tells him to "drop the diva." He can't tell what part of Abraham is real and what part of Abraham is a character. But, Ryan believes that the fact that Abraham plays his true colors close to his chest could be a great asset to him as an actor. Abraham says he was paralyzed by his fear in the studio with Nikki, but he's not afraid anymore.

Closing the night, Lily sings Adele's "Someone Like You." Lily's got a great set of pipes and does a great job, but she's no Adele. Ryan reminds her that she's in the bottom three because she didn't portray a character during the video. And then an argument ensues where Lily tells Ryan she's like Cyndi Lauper and Ryan says she's not. Lily fights back saying that she got conflicting direction. Ryan's tired of hearing her "yes, but..." and tells her to lose that if she's back next week.

Robert posts the list. Lily tells the other contenders she thinks her time is up this week. The good luck hugs take place and the long walk begins.

Nellie is not called back. Lily and Abraham will stay for another round.

I'm actually kind of shocked that Ryan kept Lily and sent Nellie home, not because I think Nellie's better for the show, but because Lily seemed more like a difficult Diva than Nellie.

What do you think? Was it Nellie's time to go?


Editor Rating: 4.0 / 5.0
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I knew Nellie was going to leave; I could tell the whole episode, just with how she didn't really give the mentors what they wanted. Still, the second I saw her name next to 'not called back' I actually burst into tears for a good five minutes. Nellie is one of the only people I have ever seen on television, reality or no, who really represents me and how I feel about myself. She was real and beautiful and self-conscious and interesting and lovable; she stepped up to the plate in all acting and singing challenges; she connected every time she looked at the camera. It was ridiculous that they kept giving her the tartiest and most revealing outfits, the sexy challenges, the romance-sexy stuff with Blake etc. when she has explicitly stated that she is uncomfortable with it. Fair enough you want to challenge an actor and she always brought it in the end, but that isn't who she is, so of course she was going to continue to feel uncomfortable with it being constantly thrown at her. Not to mention the other girls weren't expected to do half as much. It was like they were teasing her or at the very least blatantly ignoring the character she would really bring to Glee and the person real teenagers and fans out there would really relate to. I'm going to miss her every week from here on out and I hope to God Lily gets what's coming to her next week, the arrogant bitch. Abraham and Blake, I love you.


Nikki is mean. Like, I don´t mean particulary this Abraham thing, but the whole season. She is mean, mean, mean.
But Abraham suprised me a lot. He was like really moving. I don´t cry too much, but he got me. And a sensitive straight men (raised by two moms, if recall corectly) is something we´ve never seen. I´m starting to like him a lot. But I still miss Charlie. His energy was of chards.
I´ve never liked Lily. I can relate to her story very much, but I just can´t stand the girl.
But, and it pains me to say this, Nellie had it coming. She was never possitive and... At a certain point, you have to be. Glee is still comedy. Sunshine for our lives. Just rewatch the whole season - she never said anything purely possitive. Not once.
Blake suprides. He really is a good actor. And... He didn´t play it so much straighter as... Not so obvousily gay. You know, the go to diva. He did it subtle, but very believible. Loved it.


Seriously why couldn't they give Nellie cindi lauper? Lily would have enjoyed the overtly sexual Britney then we could have seen what Nellie could do with direction that was beyond act like a stripper. Boo. Glee project. Boo Ryan. I hope Nellie kicks ass going forward.


Why does everyone have to be so outgoing and wacky? Nellie was totally relatable. Even when she was nervous about acting sexy or doing something strange, she got the job done, and it always looked great in the final product. Plus, most of what Nellie was uncomfortable with involved being sexy (the "Milkshake" bending-over move, the swimsuit, Britney Spears on fruit)- news flash: not everyone has to act like a stripper to convey attraction! An awkward character is far more relatable than one who looks like she works the pole from 10 pm til morning. Nellie could have been the shy girl who loves to sing, and the glee club builds her confidence and turns her into a confident performer. More people could relate to that than to most of the current main cast members on Glee. They messed up by keeping diva Lily and forgettable Abraham over Nellie. Now I'm hoping that Aylin, Blake, or Michael wins- my money is on a girl this season since 3/4 of last season's finalists were dudes.


Rableyan murphy really mesed up the second he cut Nellie, out of all the girls she was the only one I rooted for. She was the most relatable, not to mention she had a killer voice. If Michael or Blake gets cut, I'm done with the show.


Yeah.. I'm not watching it anymore without Nellie. She was the best contender and was totally unique. She was the only real and fully honest person I could relate to and the show isn't worth it without her.


I don't think I'll be watching the rest of the season. Nellie had a gorgeous, unique voice, and she was most relatable - most high schoolers could really connect with her. She was the only one I could actually find myself rooting for. She could've been the shy girl with the astounding voice who joins New Directions. Out of the remaining contenders, I think I'd be okay with Michael, Shanna, or Blake winning, but honestly, I just don't care that much anymore. Nellie was fantastic, and I hope we see more of her soon.

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