The Glee Project Review: Lights, Camera, Action

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With only a week left until The Glee Project finale, the remaining five contestants are feeling the pressure to win. This week, they'll focus on the most important skill they'll need in order to be successful: Actability.

Blake's the only experienced actor in the group. Will this give him an edge above the other contenders? Let's find out...

Dianna Agron on The Glee Project

Michael feels a little bit of competition with his pal Blake. Blake is the only actor in the group. Robert tells the contenders their homework assignment for the week is Robert Palmer's "Addicted to Love" and Michael is the only one who knows the song.

Dianna Agron is the guest mentor this week and her advice to the group is that they have to work with each other during performances instead of just making sure they get their own lines and only their lines right. Then she and Robert throw a curveball into the Homework Assignment. Dianna will be giving each contender an emotion during the song and they'll have to portray that emotion during the song.

This little exercise is bizarre. Lily doesn't go quite big enough with her cue of "afraid." Michael, Blake, Aylin, and Ali all get positive notes for their performances, but Michael wins. This is his first Homework Assignment win.

The big group number will be "Perfect" by P!nk. Instead of just making a music video, they'll be making a movie trailer. Each contender has a role they'll have to take on for this fake movie. And this movie, were it real, is intense. There are secret pregnancies and life-altering car crashes and responsibility and I'm glad it's not a real movie because it would probably be incredibly depressing.

In the booth with Nikki, Lily breaks down over her lines of the song. That emotion will be an asset during the Big Group Number if she can keep it in check.

There is no script for this movie trailer. Erik gives the contenders a set-up for their section of the trailer and they wing it. Lily manages to make herself shine in their segment, but doesn't really help Ali do the same.

Blake takes on his character a little too well and kind of scares me. When he and Michael act their segment together, Zach does that cute arms-across-the-chest thing he does when he really, really likes something.

To act the rest of her scene, Aylin has to put on a traditional Muslim head scarf and the moment gets really intense for her since this is what she's fought against.

After seeing the trailer, I change my mind. I want that to be a movie.

It all comes down to this. Robert, Zach, and Nikki have everyone crying as they announce that all five contenders will be singing Last Chance performances for Ryan Murphy and the entire writing staff of Glee. Four of them will live to sing another week and one of them will say goodbye. Ryan's advice to the writers is to choose the one who inspires them the most.

Michael is up first, singing "Girls Just Want to Have Fun," made famous by Cyndi Lauper. He's singing the slow, piano-accompanied version. When he's finished, Ryan and the writers discuss his likeability and his genuine nature.

Next to sing is Lily with Dusty Springfield's "Son of a Preacher Man." There's no doubt that Lily can sing. She throws in a little acting and moves around the stage for good measure. Ian Brennan calls her "complex" but picks up on Lily's potential to be difficult to direct.

Before Ali can even get out to sing "Here's To Us" Ryan and Co. have a discussion about how she was kind of flat in the movie trailer. The writers loved her performance. I didn't. Though that was probably due to editing. Ian sees her as a "promiscuous bitch" character, and that's interesting.

Blake sings "I'm Still Standing" and Zach does his arms-across-the-chest thing again. He was really good. Amy Adler didn't see his "wound" and wondered what his vulnerability would be if he were cast on the show.

Finally, Aylin comes out to sing "Stronger" by Christina Aguilera. She does a great job and the writers all agree that she IS a character in that they've never done at story like hers on the show before.

Ryan asks the question: Is it their obligation to choose a story they've never written before or should they focus on picking a star? Then he wonders if they should do two or three eliminations tonight instead of just one. I think he wants to eliminate more than one so that he doesn't go all soft in the heart next week and end up giving them all roles on the show like last year. Ultimately, the writers decide it's their obligation to choose a star.

Robert posts the list and I'm more nervous this week than I have been during previous eliminations. I'm afraid Ryan actually HAS cut more than one person.

Aylin, Blake, and Ali are through to the finals. Lily and Michael are going home.

I'm kind of shocked, honestly. Not at Lily's elimination, but at Michael's. I really thought they'd keep him around until next week. I didn't think he'd win, but I didn't think he'd go home right now. I'm kind of surprised Lily didn't go home a few weeks ago, not because she wasn't good but because of her attitude.

By eliminating both Lily and Michael, and in reviewing the conversation Ryan had with the writers, I'm really curious as to who will win. Blake is the "star" while Ali and Aylin are the "characters."

What do you think, TV Fanatics? Who do you think will win season 2 of The Glee Project?

 

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Plus it drives me crazy that they like Aylin for her story. If that is the case there is no point in having The Glee Project. If they were choosing based on character then they could make that choice on day one. Why have 12 weeks of competition? Nothing has changed in that regard since the beginning. But if we are talking about talent- then over that course of time it's worth it to see people grow as singers, actors, and performers.

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She doesn't have the emotional range to tell any story other than a girl who rebelled against her religion because she's horny
-Fortinbras I could not agree with you more. I've come to the conclusion that I barely even believe Aylin's struggle with her religion is as bad as she makes it out to be. Considering her family let her leave to join an acting competition for 3 months.
I am also going to assume that real Muslim girls would prefer to see other girls like themselves on tv. Meaning in head garb and practicing their religion but still fitting in with the rest of their peers. Not "revolting" against what they believe in. Plus it drives me crazy that they like Aylin for her story. If that is the case there is no point in having The Glee Project. If they were choosing based on character then they could make that choice on day one. Why have 12 weeks of competition? Nothing has changed in that regard since the beginning. But if we are talking about talent- then over that course of time it's worth it to see people grow as singers, actors, and performers.

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Blake is an uglier, less talented version of Chord Overstreet. I think the show doesn't need someone like him. He deserves to be on the finale, though.

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I wasn't that surprised that Lily went, Michael was a bit of a surprise due to the fact that he did really well this week. I have an issue with Ali, she's very rarely been portrayed as anything but cheery and/or perky plus her voice is really annoying to me. Also, I found it annoying that when they did the whole emotions on the cue cards they gave most of the contestants something that pushed them out of their comfort zones yet when it came to Ali they didn't even try! I'm on the fense when it comes to Aylin coz I think she's good but I found incredibley irrating when she spent half the comp reminding us that she is a sexy muslim! Something I don't get though, they constantly talk about how Blake is too perfect and are unsure about a character for him yet you could say the same about Ali, outside of the wheelchair she hasn't shown much vulnerability and she's never been on the bottom 3/done a last chance performance until now. The writers can obviously create characters for them like they did with Blake in this so why do the contestants have to create a story for them, have they truely run out of ideas of their own or are they just lazy?

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Fortinbras- How can you say that the show NEEDS a Finn 2.0 in Blake, but then go on to complain about goody two-shoes characters? Finn was, along with Rachel, the biggest goody two-shoes on the show. Aylin at least brings something different and is spunky and rebellious. Ali is also a good two-shoes, unless they write her as a bitch as mentioned.
No offense to Cory Monteith, but he wasn't a great singer or dancer, and his acting only came around in Season 3. Yes, they need a new male lead, but not a copy of Finn. Why can't the male/female lead for future seasons be a popular girl and nerdy guy, or some other combination that isn't the same as Finn/Rachel?

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Too many Glee characters have become Goody Two-shoes and we need some characters who aren't all cuddle bears. Aylin is just a concept, not an actor, and she can't even carry off the role of being herself. She doesn't have the emotional range to tell any story other than a girl who rebelled against her religion because she's horny. It's just not that interesting to watch, and certainly not likely to make people more broad-minded. Ali, sorry to say, seems to be a pure charity case in the eyes of the producers. See how cool we are, to have a real disabled person? Find someone in a wheelchair who can project more than perky and doesn't have that awful screeching timbre in her voice. I'm sure there are plenty.

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Jake--yes, Blake is Finn 2.0 and that's exactly why the show needs him. Clearly the show needs a reboot, and Murphy and the producers need to man up and do what has to be done to continue the series: Kick off much-loved cast members and move on. The main arc of the series has already been played out to the end. Plus, the setting is high school, after all. Kids have to graduate, and realism can only tolerate one or maybe two characters with flimsy excuses to keep hanging around afterwards. However, even a rebooted show still needs a Finn. Or rather, it needs that tension between the nerds and the cool popular high school jock that Finn used to be, and that's where Blake comes in. Plus, there's already a twist ready and waiting for him: The only creativity I've seen this season is casting Blake as the popular guy who's secretly a high school A-hole, and Michael as the sidekick who is finally starting to see through him. Too many Glee characters have become Goody Two-shoes and we need some characters who aren't all cuddle bears. Aylin is just a concept, not an actor, and she can't even carry off the role of being herself. She doesn't have the emotional range to tell any story other than a girl who rebelled against her religion because she's horny. It's just not that interesting to watch, and certainly not likely to make people more broad-minded. Ali, sorry to say, seems to be a pure charity case in the eyes of the producers. See how cool we are, to have a real disabled person? Find someone in a wheelchair who can project more than perky and doesn't have that awful screeching timbre in her voice. I'm sure there are plenty.

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While Lindsay, Samuel, and Alex were stand-outs, they are largely beaten by most of this year's cast. I'd said from Episode 1 that Aylin would win, and I still think that would happen. I picked Shanna as the runner-up from the start, but now I'm guessing Ali.

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Michael nailed the acting challenge this week and received not a grain of criticism, yet he was sent packing. I thought he was lackluster in the past, but this week he really showed what he can do and the potential he has, so I don't understand why he got the boot. Granted, his last-chance performance wasn't a stand-out, but they stuck him, as usual, with the most boring song in existence. I get why Lily is out-she was consistently hard to work with and not particularly relatable. I like Aylin a lot but feel like they're so focused on the fact that she is Muslim that she isn't recognized for being an all-around talent. Blake for me is just dull- decent actor, but he's Finn 2.0. And Ali's voice, for me, is extremely grating and shrill, even though she seems like a blast to work with. My picks would have been Aylin, Michael, and either Ali or Blake (probably Blake) for the finale. They need a whole new cast, and this would be the season for multiple winners; they screwed up last season- Lindsay, Samuel, and Alex were stand-outs but are largely beaten by most of this year's group. I said from Episode 1 that Aylin would win. I'd thought Shanna would be the runner-up, but now I'm going with Ali.

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