August 8, 2012

Episode Review: THE GLEE PROJECT, "Actability"

The finish line is in sight on The Glee Project, but that didn't stop the producers and mentors from shaking things up one more time. While the twists were a little anti-climactic, I have to admit that "Actability" was one of the better episodes of the series due to the fact that we got to see some real-life acting instead of just singing and dancing.

Homework Assignment
The Homework Assignment for this week was "Addicted to Love" (which no one knew except for Michael), and I didn't quite understand what the song had to do with acting, but that's where the first twist came in. The guest mentor for "Actability" was Dianna Agron since she's had to play so many versions of the same character over the years, and it was revealed to the contestants that she would hold up signs with an emotion on it, and they would have to sing the song based on which one they got. Fun, right?

Michael was first up, and he got "determined," and he came off a little too intense but he did seem confident. Lily had something like scared, Blake had "angry," Aylin had "anxious" and Ali wrapped things up with "excited." Out of the remaining four, Aylin probably did the best, but her emotion was tricky because her anxiety could have hurt her performance, but she made it work. When it was all said and done, Quinn picked Michael as this week's winner.

Video Shoot
Things were switched up again when it was announced that this week's video shoot was going to be a trailer for a fake movie called Perfect (with Pink's "Perfect" as the song) and they all had roles to play. Aylin was going to essentially play herself, but she was caught up in a love triangle with jerk-ass Blake and nice guy Michael. As for Ali and Lily, the former was a former Olympic hopeful who was paralyzed in an accident and the latter was the one responsible for what happened.

The recording studio was a bit of a bore because nothing really happened with the exception of Nikki making some random critiques and Lily crying for some reason. Unfortunately, since this video was going to focus on acting and not dancing, we were denied a choreography session...AGAIN! The producers need to give us a Zach Woodlee spin-off to make up for his lack of presence during Season 2.

Another minor flaw of this week's theme was the fact that we had so much acting going on to make the trailer, but all of the interesting parts were cut out for time. Instead of seeing Michael and Blake bro-ing out, we had to waste time on Lily hamming it up and ruining her scenes with Ali. On the positive side, we did get glimpses of how good Blake, Michael and Alyin were.

Out of all of the videos that The Glee Project's churned out, "Perfect" was one of the better ones because it accomplished its goals whereas some previous attempts didn't quite succeed.

Last Chance Performance
Right before the commercial break, Robert talked about how tough it was going to be for him, Zach and Nikki to pick a Bottom Three. Since this is The Glee Project they copped out (yet again) and told the final five that they were all going to perform, but this time it was going to be in front of the entire writing staff.

Michael sang first, and he was assigned the version of Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" that Cory Monteith made famous on Glee. His performance was appropriately understated yet he was able to be charming. Lily had "Son of a Preacher Man" by Dusty Springfield, and she sounded good but her "act" was too over the top. Ali sang Halestorm's "Here's to Us," and honestly her voice made me cringe. Blake did a fun rendition of Elton John's "I'm Still Dancing" with dance moves and all. Aylin was last up, and her version of Christina Aguilera's "Fighter" was good but not great.

This week's deliberations were fun to watch because we had six new voices to hear from, and while the writers' feedback was ultimately underwhelming, it was still neat watching the dynamics be all shook up. Plus, it was a tiny glimpse of how I imagine the writers room works. Come callback time, we found out that two hopefuls were sent home, and they were Michael and Lily.

Final Thoughts
Since I've been rooting against Lily since day one, I was not shocked when I saw her name on the list, but I was kind of irked when Michael was also cut. Out of the remaining five, he was one of the better actors, and that was very evident during this episode. He also rarely was criticized for his dancing, but his singing talent was obviously hit or miss, so I understand why he was sent home, but he should've made it to the finale over Ali.

Admittedly, I've never seen Ali's upside. Her voice has always grated on my nerves, and I have yet to see these amazing "acting" skills that the mentors kept talking about. I know this is going to sound harsh, but I truly think that she made it to the final three because of her wheelchair. I cannot think of any other reason why she stuck around over better contenders. Ah well, it's just The Glee Project.

With one more episode left, I have to say that I find myself more excited for the finale than I was for Season 1's, but that's due to the fact that this crop of Wanna-Glees was stronger than last year's. I can already see Blake and Aylin bringing more to the table than what Samuel and Damian did. Ali, not so much.


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