And then there were three! Tonight is the season finale of The Glee Project 2012! Will Ali, Blake, or Aylin win the coveted role on Glee? Find out in The Glee Project 2012 recap!
Robert Ulrich, The Glee Project 2012/Glee casting director, comes in to announce the final theme—Glee-ability—and the homework assignment: “You Can’t Stop the Beat” from Hairspray. But that’s not all! They’ve called in reinforcements to help with back-up vocals. And they are—you guessed—all the former contenders. Uh oh! Will Charlie distract Aylin?!
Robert comes back with this week’s mentor. And of course they saved the best for last: Chris Colfer, who plays the iconic Kurt Hummel on Glee. He’s “a biiiig deal” as Ali puts it. And Robert relates that Chris was actually, in a way, the inspiration for The Glee Project. He originally auditioned for the role of Artie on Glee and clearly didn’t get it, but they liked him so much they created a role for him. Viola! The Glee Project concept is born.
It was fun to see everybody together again in the final The Glee Project 2012 homework number, and Chris had props for everybody. But there can only be one homework winner! And it will be…everyone! OK, so not only one winner. (By everyone I meant just the three, by the way, not like the entire cast.) The final video will be “Tonight, Tonight” by Hot Chelle Rae and the concept will be high school prom. Everyone gets a role to play. Of course Aylin will be the girl sneaking out to prom against her parent’s wishes. Blake will be the popular but humble prom king—as Chris puts it, “So you’re playing a fictional character.” And Ali will be the flirty mean girl. Finally a role I can relate to! Oh, and one last thing—they get to pick their own songs for last chance performance.
So then it’s on to last everything for The Glee Project 2012 recap. Like the last choreography rehearsal with Zach Woodlee, who I’m really going to miss. I expect lots of tears from him and he better deliver! Then it’s on to the last vocal session with vocal producer Nikki Anders. Blake struggles with the high notes at first but pulls through. “If anybody can sell a party track I think Blake can,” Nikki notes. Aylin didn’t memorize all the lyrics, which affects her at first but she works past it. And as Nikki notes, “Her voice is naturally very cool to listen to.” Her comment for Ali was simple but telling: “She was really able to pull it off today.”
Then it’s on the last video shoot. Of course Erik White, video director for The Glee Project 2012, is there, along with Nikki, Zach, and Robert. Everyone brings their A game. They even make prom look fun. Which I’m pretty sure it wasn’t. (Nobody asked me, OK?) But there’s another twist—one more special guest. It’s Damian McGinty, who was the other winner of last year’s The Glee Project! He had the role of “Rory Flanagan” created for him on Glee. The final video product looks good. It’s hard to tell who will win the whole kit and caboodle!
Zach, Robert, and Nikki meet the final three on stage after the video to hear them reveal their last Last Chances. Aylin picks “Rolling in the Deep” by Adele. Ali chooses “Popular” from Wicked. And Blake goes for “I’ll Be” by Edwin McCain.
The final audience for The Glee Project 2012 season 2 finale last chances is a big one. Of course Ryan Murphy, the co-creator of Glee, is there, as is the other co-creator Ian Brennan. There’s also some of the writers, some of the cast of Glee, and of course the old cast of The Glee Project season 2.
Ali is up first and Zach is tearing up within the first minute. Oh, Zach! She does a fabulous job bringing her character to life. Blake sounds good, as usual. Everyone in the audience seems to approve. And Zach continues to be teary. Then Blake reads a poem that he’s written and everyone cries. Well, except Ryan. He strikes me as a non-crier. Then Aylin is up. Charlie immediately looks hypnotized. She does sound awesome. And Zach continues to be teary. (What if they picked the winner based off of his tear count?) I have no idea who is going to win!
Ryan asks for everyone’s input and there’s good things said about everyone. Ryan, Ian, Nikki, Robert, and Zach meet as one final group and it’s still impossible to tell who will win. Even Ryan doesn’t know!
*****SPOILER ALERT: DO NOT READ ANY FURTHER IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO KNOW THE WINNER OF THE GLEE PROJECT 2012.******
But there must be a decision. Ryan gives them one last hurrah before announcing the final winner. And that winner is…OK first he has to say nice things to all of them separately. OK! NOW! That winner is…
…Blake! Everyone celebrates! It was that darn poem that pushed him over the edge, I bet.
So, that’s it! The Glee Project 2012 recap is a wrap. Thanks for reading and congratulations to all three final contenders!