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?

 

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i love the show tyhank thay could be less mean but i relly good so for the people that dont see it u should i bet u will like it ya its that good

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Most people seem to like Aylin but I can't stand her or Lily and I'll be pretty disappointed if either of them makes the show.

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I don't understand what happened to Nellie on this show. Ryan always talks about how he wants to write from the inspiration of who these competitors are. That has been true for everyone on the show except for Nellie. She was the only one that they continuously asked to play a role that was so different then who she is. I don't see them asking Aylin to play someone shy and awkward. I agree with many people on here that Nellie's real persona could have been an interesting character. But I actually was not a huge fan of her voice. She had moments of greatness but at times I thought she also sounded a little strange. Not something more training can't fix though so I wish her well in her future career wherever it may be. I think Shanna has the best voice on the show by far. I think Blake is the best actor (and I think he did make a smart choice by not being overly flamboyant with his Boy George portrayal). I Most people seem to like Aylin but I can't stand her or Lily and I'll be pretty disappointed if either of them makes the show.

Blu

It took long enough. I liked Nellie and easily could identify with her the most,but this just wasn't right for her. She like Tyler lasted longer than she should have. She isn't a Tv star she's s stage performer. That is when she's the best, when she's on stage stroking the mic stand and giving it her all in front of an audience. That is where she is fearless. That is where she belongs and there is nothing wrong with that. I really enjoyed Abraham more than usual this week. He was more authentic than he ever had been.

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I think that Nellie was the show in the truest sense. I really rooted for her. She was my favourite by far because she was so different - from her voice to just who she is. Since when is being sexy and sensual the only thing that is important on Glee? I think she really would have fit in with the New Directions, and I think that this was a huge mistake on Ryan Murphy's part. If he's going to continue doing the Glee Project he really should do what he says he's doing and choose people who the audience is going to love and root for. Sorry for rambling, but one more thing. If I have to watch Lily cry and throw a tantrum through one more last chance performance I'm going to stop watching the show. I can't take her anymore.

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I agree with all the comments posted here. Sure, there were times that Nellie didn't really "pop" during the video shoots, but she was the most gifted musically. Nellie had really intrigued me all season and because I will really miss her, I am not interested in watching the rest of the season. Good luck, Nellie. With her talent, I am sure this is not the last time I hear her.

Lusilva

I can't even believe that they picked Abraham or Lily over Nellie. Really? Ryan said that from now on he's going to choose those he thinks are best for the show and will potentially have a better role and he cuts Nellie that same week? I mean she's the only one there you can truly connect with and find yourself rooting for. Just because she's not histerical or isn't always saying how bad she wants that guest starring role she gets cut? I can't bring myself to care about either of the shows now that the possibility of Nellie being on Glee is out of the picture. But since Ryan made the most stupid decision of his life and we can't go back I hope Blake wins but if he doesn't who really cares? I know I sure as hell don't.

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Oh, I ranted so much it wouldn't fit. Sorry! cont... 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.