The Glee Project 2012 cast numbers are dwindling and the remaining contestants will be testing their tenacity tonight in a challenge not for the faint of heart. They’ve made it this far–who will make it to the last callback on The Glee Project 2012? We get closer to finding out in this week’s The Glee Project recap!
(I have to admit I had to look up what “tenacity” means and you know what it said? “The quality or state of being tenacious.” Thanks, dictionary. Anyway being tenacious means you are persistent.)
Robert Ulrich, Glee/The Glee Project 2012 casting director, tells them the theme. Of course they all know what it means. The homework assignment to drive the point home will be “Survivor” by Destiny’s Child. DC3, as those of us who are hip call them. And the guest mentor for the week is Amber Riley, who plays Mercedes Jones on Glee. She apparently performed this very song on Glee. No pressure, people! I have to say they seem to live up to expectations. Amber wanted more out of Abraham and more connection from Lily. Ali was picked as the winner for the second week in a row, Leaving Aylin bummed again. And what’s the big group number? “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor. And the kicker to bring the point of tenacity home? The entire video will be ONE SHOT. Meaning if someone messes up they have to START THE WHOLE THING OVER. I am adding caps to emphasize THAT WOULD BE REALLY HARD. Especially since they’re filming an obstacle course. I mean, if you had to reshoot walking down the street twenty times, no big deal, but an OBSTACLE COURSE? OK I’ll stop.
Nikki Anders, vocal producer for The Glee Project season 2, states right off that it may be a tough song for people. Shanna does well, as does Blake. She loves working with Blake: “He’s the one to beat for the guys.” And then, there’s Michael. Oh, Michael. Sigh. In the group recording Lily gets a bit loud. Which Aylin is quick to point out, which Lily is quick to get unhappy about.
Zach Woodlee, The Glee Project 2012 choreographer and The Glee Project video director Erik White are in the gym with Robert for the video shoot. Which involves jumping through tires and running up bleachers and leaping hurdles and throwing balls and wheelbarrowing and jumproping all while singing in one shot. I’m tired just typing that! This has train-wreck written all over it. Michael’s strategy is to do whatever Blake does only better then Blake. Seems foolproof to me. Lily has trouble getting her pants off (there’s shorts underneath, OK?) so Erik enlists Aylin: “Can you help Lily?” “Strip?” “Yeah.” There’s an interesting conversation!
The jump rope section proves to be the kicker at first. “Eye of the CUT!” is Erik’s frustrated take on it. In take twelve Abraham totally bites it and twists his left ankle. That would have been me for sure. Only I would have like busted my knee open. Twelve takes after that Shanna throws up. Some supergenius decided to make the end shot Ali landing a backhand basket, which is just cruel. Eventually she has the way better idea to have them lift up her chair so she can dunk it, which I think looks really cool. Take 34 is the magic number. I am pretty impressed because that looked next to impossible and they managed to do it.
So who’s in the bottom for The Glee Project recap this week? Ali, Shanna, and Blake are the top three. No surprises there. The four jump ropers are the bottom of the wheelbarrow. Aylin just squeaks, by leaving Michael, Abraham, and Lily in the last chance performance spots. Lily gets assigned “I’m the Greatest Star” from Funny Girl; Michael, “Brick” by Ben Folds Five; and Abraham, “Man in the Mirror” by Michael Jackson. And Abraham gets the extra note to not kiss up to Ryan Murphy.
Speaking of Ryan, the co-creator of Glee and The Glee Project 2012 is back on hand to get the scoop from the other mentors. First they discuss Michael, who Nikki notes is not the strongest singer remaining. “He’s not as good as Blake?” is Ryan’s question. So I guess his plan failed? He does sound good on his song. It was a great choice for his vocal range. And then Ryan brings up Blake! Good grief. Abraham is up next. He seems to not perform as strongly and Ryan isn’t feeling his excuse that his excuse isn’t an excuse. (That does make sense, trust me.) Lily totally nails her performance and has a good conversation with Ryan. And then, out of nowhere, while they’re discussing amongst themselves Abraham comes back out to apologize and state that he’s “not fricking leaving.” Unfortunately that may not make up for his performance.
Luckily we all learned a lesson last week and when a promo for next week comes on my boyfriend and I both close our eyes so it will remain a mystery until last call.
So, whose tenacity wasn’t quite tenacious enough? Robert posts the final callback list for this week’s Glee Project 2012 and the name under not called back is…Abraham. So his speech was his last.
Stay tuned for next week’s The Glee Project 2012 recap, Romanticality. Which is not a word according to my spell check. Luckily I won’t need to look THAT up!