Tonight’s episode of The Glee Project 2012 is the Vulnerability episode. This brought up some emotional things last season so I can only guess that The Glee Project season 2 cast will touch on some hard issues as well.
WARNING: THE GLEE PROJECT 2012 SPOILERS AHEAD!
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In fact one of those issues will be the matter of…bullying. Bullying can come in many forms. Encouraging cyber bullying over a misunderstood remark, for example! But I digress. It is a serious, prevalent issue and it’s good to see a show like this addressing it.
Robert Ulrich, casting director for The Glee Project 2012, starts off the show by revealing the theme and the homework assignment: Kelly Clarkson’s “My Life Would Suck Without You.” Mario, once again, has some definite opinions on what line to take. Lily and Aylin butt heads as well. Once the dust settles Robert introduces the special mentor, and it’s a doozy: Glee cast member Corey Monteith who plays lovable jock Finn. Needless to say the ladies are excited and I can’t blame ‘em. The performance goes well. Abraham, Shanna, and Nellie stand out; Ali is advised she is being a bit too theatrical. Nellie is ultimately picked as the winner. And now all the girls will surely be jealous of her mentoring time. They also announce the video song for the week: R.E.M.’s “Everybody Hurts.” Anyone who grew up in the 90’s has a moment to this, am I right? It brings me back to the premiere of My So-Called Life, which totally spoke to me. Well, except I didn’t date Jordan Catalano. Sigh.
Erik White, video director for The Glee Project season 2, comes on to bring up addressing bullying in the video. No choreography this week (which is good as that might appear too West Side Story). Erik talks with the group about their experiences with bullying. Shanna reveals she was bullied by the girls in school about her mother’s drug usage; Tyler and Abraham have stories as well. Blake shares that he was bullied in junior high and that later on he witnessed bullying and didn’t stop it, which stuck with him. Lily admits she was the bully in middle school but did say that she realized it eventually and apologized to the girl she hurt.
Nikki Anders is back in The Glee Project 2 booth for vocal recording. Nellie reveals in her tutoring session that her sister died ten years ago, which she hopes to pull in to inspire her. Ali struggles to be less positive and more emotional. Mario needs a few takes pitch-wise. Aylin performs well and reflects on her own experiences of being bullied.
The video concept is bullying at school. Nellie got a bit overshadowed by the “bullies” (fellow The Glee Project 2 cast members). Lily allows herself to be distracted by the extras. Blake’s acting skills are showcased. Charlie takes his role a bit too far by taking Mario’s cane away in their scene. When it’s Lily’s turn to be the bully she is scarily convincing. This video is going to be depressing! It does end up a bit heavy but it was done well and ended on a positive note.
After the break (and a good PSA by Corey Monteith) the bottom three for this week’s The Glee Project 2012 is about to be revealed. Props are first given to Blake, and he along with the rest of the top performers are dismissed. Five people are left in trouble. Homework winner Nellie is one, and she gets emotional over not being able to make a fool of herself. Lily is back in the bottom for using distraction as an excuse. Charlie is in trouble for taking Mario’s cane. Ali is there for the aforementioned reasons of being too showy and needing a bit too much prodding in the booth. Mario is also there for vocal issues and seems to be a bit back talky to Nikki when he informs her he is classically trained; Nikki responds by reminding him that “Not one of you is ready yet.” Ultimately the bottom 3 are Charlie, Mario, and Lily. Their assigned songs are: “Mercy” by Duffy for Lily; Mario, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow;” and Charlie, “Fix You” by Coldplay. He is psyched. Well, for the song choice. Mario is determined to stay positive. And Lily is of course not pleased about this turn of events.
Glee and The Glee Project co-creator Ryan Murphy is on hand as usual for The Glee Project 2012 last chance performances for the week. (Don’t you ever wonder if a week really elapses like it does for us in these types of shows? Or is it just me who ponders dorky things like that?) Lily is up first. Vocally the song fits her voice well but her performance seems reminiscent of her last week’s last chance. Ryan points out that she is not an underdog but that’s what he likes about her. Lily then gets very emotional, which I think will bode well for her when it comes down to it. Charlie’s performance of “Fix You” does not sound like the actual song in his delivery, which seems odd as everyone and their mother has heard that song several times. However as it turns out Ryan likes this as the show doesn’t need to be a “damn karaoke machine” so it’s good that ended well. Mario’s performance is beautiful, which we all could have predicted. The guy has a strong voice. Mario and Ryan talk about how he presents himself. This is going to be an interesting outcome, as Ryan notes it is the most intense bottom three ever. Which shows back in the holding room as well when Mario starts bantering with the others about how he didn’t think his performance should have landed him there as others were off pitch as well. Aylin and Lily are quick to answer him on this. It’s hard to get a read on Mario.
So who does it come down to at the end of The Glee Project season 2 vulnerability episode? Robert comes in to deliver the news that the list is up. Charlie says good-bye to his crush Aylin. Even before he sees the list! Well, the joke’s on him! He isn’t on it…because NONE OF THEM ARE! Twist ending! All eleven will live to see next week which would appear to be the sexuality episode. Good times! Here’s hoping the top of a car doesn’t get me in trouble again.