The Glee Project season 2 cast is down to eight talented hopefuls. Their mission for this week’s The Glee Project 2012 recap? Theatricality. Who will be theatrical and who be, um, untheatrical? Find out if that’s a word and more in tonight’s The Glee Project recap!
WARNING: THE GLEE PROJECT 2012 SPOILERS AHEAD!
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It’s down to three boys: Blake, Michael, and Abraham. Blake and Michael are apparently BFF’s now. But Michael’s head is in the game: “I would gnaw off my own left foot to win this competition.” Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that!
The Glee Project 2012/Glee Casting director Robert Ulrich comes in to do the theme and homework reveal. This week’s homework assignment is “I Hope I Get It” from the musical A Chorus Line. Aylin is of course sad that Charlie is gone but is carrying on! Even though Lily is annoying her in the process.
Robert returns after the crew rehearses their homework with this week’s guest mentor in tow: Grant Gustin, who plays Sebastian Smythe on Glee. The number goes off without a hitch. Michael and Nellie once again get the “have more confidence” note. Ali and Lily are in the running for the winner but it ultimately goes to Ali. And this week’s video will be… “When I Grow Up” by The Pussycat Dolls. I have to admit I have never heard this song. The Pussycat Dolls remind me of teenagers I worked with torturing me with the lyrics to “Loosen up my buttons.” But that’s beside the point. Grant also lets the crew in on the video concept: grocery store employees dreaming big. How big? Big enough to get real life music superstar inspiration! Everyone gets assigned someone to be, as follows: Michael will be Elvis; Aylin, Madonna; Abraham gets David Bowie; Blake will be Boy George; Lily, Cyndi Lauper; Ali, Katy Perry; Shanna gets Lady Gaga; and Nellie gets Britney Spears. (She’s not psyched.)
Zach Woodlee, The Glee Project 2012 choreographer, is back in the dance studio to warn them if they embarrass him again…Well, he doesn’t finish the threat, but I get the idea. Nikki Anders, vocal producer for The Glee Project 2, greets the kids in the booth. Michael is trying to not try but falling flat. Maybe he will have to gnaw off his left foot… Nikki asks Abraham if he considers himself androgynous since he’ll be portraying David Bowie, which throws him. He then proceeds to also underwhelm Nikki.
At the video shoot The Glee Project season 2 cast gets all dolled up. And yes, Shanna will be wearing a meat dress. Erik White, video director, is on hand with Robert and Zach. Blake brings his own interpretation of Boy George, which Robert approves of, luckily. Ali continues her strong performance run. Michael also steps up to the plate, which he needed to do. Lily brings the fun, but as Lily, not as Cyndi Lauper. And poor Shanna’s dress is starting to smell as she crawls across, of course, the meat counter. But she still rocks it! Lady Gaga would be proud. The video looks awesome and Robert and Zach are worried about the task ahead of them in wheedling down the bottom three as everyone seemed to pull it off. But the show must go on! Or not go on for someone, sadly.
Ali pulled it off especially well and is first on the callback list. Shanna, Blake, and Aylin are also called back right away. That leaves Michael, Nellie, Lily, and Abraham. Nikki advises Michael that he took the “prepare less” note a bit too far in vocals. Nellie was too out of her comfort zone. Abraham admits he was thrown off his game by Nikki’s androgynous comment due to being bullied in the past. Lily did not bring enough true color to her Cyndi Lauper. (See what I did there?) Michael and his left foot ultimately makes the callback list, leaving the bottom three to perform the following assignments: Nellie, “I’m the Only One” by Melissa Ethridge; Abraham, “Stereo Hearts,” Gym Class Heroes and Adam Levine; and Lily, “Someone Like You” by Adele.
The Glee Project/Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy joins the mentors back in the audience for this week’s last chance performances. Nellie’s up first and sounds strong as usual. “That’s the most passionate I’ve ever seen you,” Ryan notes, then states her lack of passion is what landed her back there again. Abraham is up next and is actually a pretty good rapper. He and Ryan have a chat about what landed him there and he represents himself eloquently. Lily is last up and Zach appears to tear up in her first five seconds. He is the cutest. OK, I’m off task again, sorry. So Lily–OK, he did tear up! Ryan looks less moved. He has a great poker face. He is also over her excuses; she defends herself well. I’m stumped. Until a commercial comes on for next week and I look away and my boyfriend still makes a spoiler comment. Augh!
Pretending that did not happen…Robert posts the list and then goes to deliver the bad news about posting it. So who will not be returning in next week’s The Glee Project 2 recap? That would be…Nellie.
Stay tuned for next week when the theme is, um, I’m not sure. But it will involve doing the video in one take so maybe the theme is That Sounds Horrible because frankly, that sounds horrible. Also, just so we’re clear, untheatricality is not, in fact, a word. See you next week on The Glee Project recap!