“The Glee Project” recap: “A very lesbian week.” (Ep. 209)

 
 

When it comes time for the reveal of the final three, some tough choices are made, and it’s whittled down to a somewhat surprising three: Blake, Aylin, and Shanna. Blake for his poor performance in the recording booth, Aylin and Shanna for their apparently unrealistic lesbian performance. You can tell they are all shocked to be there. And it’s true — they are three of the strongest contestants left. It’s weird to think one of them is going to leave. But when Shanna says that Michael deserved to be there more than any of them, I do want to tell her to stop whining, have humility, and stop crapping all over Michael, all right? He did a fine job, and I actually think his vocals sounded the best of everyone this week. Just focus on yourself, people. Focus!

Aylin is up first, singing an impressively tender version of “The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face” by Roberta Flack. She sounds great, as always, even though she forgets some of the words.

Blake is up next with “Losing My Religion,” and holy crap is he nervous! This is how he introduces himself: “Hi, I’m [DEEP BREATH] Blake, and [DEEP BREATH] I’m going to be [DEEP BREATH] singing [DEEP BREATH] Losing My [DEEP BREATH] Religion.” Ha! This makes the judges giggle, and I hate to say it, but it does make him even more endearing! If that was even possible! After he gets over the difficult task of introducing himself, however, he sounds solid.

And lastly we have Shanna, her first time in the bottom three. She bounces out boldly: bright dress, big curls. She’s singing Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger,” a song that really fits the power of her voice and she kills it, naturally.

Sadly, though, her discussion with Ryan Murphy afterwards goes a little more awkwardly, which I don’t believe is completely her fault. Before she came on stage, these were the conversations Ryan had already had:

Aylin: “I know I’ve said it before, but I love that you’re Muslim! You could be so empowering to so many girls! YOU ARE DIFFERENT!”
Blake: “You’re Blake. So.”

So when it comes to asking Shanna what will stand out about her on the cast of Glee, as a happy, multi-talented, straight white girl, Shanna really doesn’t have a LOT to offer. Which stinks in a way, because the girl is seriously talented. It’s not her fault that she fits into the mold of the majority — but it’s been made clear Ryan isn’t necessarily looking for just talent. He’s looking for talent outside the mold.

She does, however, rat out Michael. Again. Sigh.

Still, as the contestants wait tearfully on the couch for the call back list to be posted, I don’t know what’s going to happen. Based just on the vocal performances of the final three — Aylin and Shanna were on the ball. Blake was really good, but not as outstanding. But would they get rid of Blake?

It turns out: no.

Even though it was her first time in the bottom, even though she’d been at the top so many times, it’s Shanna whose name is on the board this week. She is devastated. These eliminations suck.

What did you think? Were you surprised? Who should it have been? Who is going to actually win this thing?

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