Friday, August 26, 2011

Let's Get Into This

So after waiting for an upload to finally show up (thank you, again, Twilink) I can finally get down to business, and talk about this final episode of The Glee Project.

Or, as I have been referring to it, the episode where EVERYONE GETS A CAR!!!

Raise your hand if you didn't see this coming.  For all of you who raised a hand, now take it and slap yourself in the face with it.

Also, I have to say: the staging in this episode was almost comically obvious.  The producers may as have well had subtitles running across the bottom of the screen reading "Happy Moment!" "Excitement!" "LOOK AT HOW GLEEFUL THEY ARE OMGROFL!!!!!"  Meanwhile of course all of their confessionals are like "I'm going to rip his vocal chords out and eat them I want this so much."

Of course, Ryan Murphy shows up and all of them come thisclose to pissing themselves (from the looks of it, Damian already had).  He says some bitchy things about how horribly their choreography sucks and then...

Honestly, it's sort of in my nature to want to say something contrived and bitchy, but I got ridiculously choked up watching this.  Generally in reality tv competitions, when people get brought back for whatever reason--especially when it's, you know, the whole cast, there's a lot of 'oh, yayyyyy...".  But you could really sense that these guys really had become a family of sorts, and that they loved being around each other.  I don't want you guys to get the idea that I'm just throwing this in because I'm prone to hyperbole, but this really was the best finale I have ever seen on a reality show.

If for no other reason than to hear Emily coin my new favorite term: Glee-yotch.  Girl, I missed you.

But seriously, I don't think I've ever seen such an upbeat finale.  Generally everyone is dead tired at this point and is basically just leaving it up to chance, but these kids kicked their asses in to gear, and their positivity really shined through--probably because Hannah was back.  Oh it felt good to see her again.

It's taking all the restraint I have not to make the rest of this post just screen shots and smileys, so y'all know.

Choked up part two when Ellis threw herself into Zach's arms, and he responded with a shout of glee.  

"Yay, not so much."

YAY HANNAH!!!!!  You guys, I might as well tell you at this point who my favorites on this show were, as though you haven't already guessed: Hannah, Marissa, Ellis, Lindsay, and Damian.  Generally those are in no particular order, but I get an extra little pang of giddiness when Hannah pops up on my screen.  Just asked the friend I watched it with; every time Hannah made an appearance, it was all "HANNAH!!!" in a high pitched scream.  That girl just lights up a screen.

Also, this girl just worked the fuck out.  Look at that HAIR.  It is like...I want Marissa's hair so effing bad!  How can someone look that sexy after dancing for hours?!  I go to a club for twenty minutes and I am WRECKED, girl. 

"Too much happy, can't process...stop smiling...stop it!  YOUR LAUGHTER BURNS MY EYES!"

The feeling is mutual, babe.

They all seemed really happy to be working together again, and it was adorable that they seemed to try to pair everyone up with who they had gotten along best with on the show.

I'll be getting to everyone else in the next couple of days, but for now, let's focus on the video as a whole, and the kids who got kicked off:

Listen, Bryce's style is never going to be my thing, but I do have to give the guy props--he certainly has a style.  From what I can tell, he's been developing quite the following with his music, and his new song, 'Satellite' is actually pretty good.  If you're interested in hearing more from him, Bryce has a website:

As you all know, Ellis (along with Marissa) was an early favorite of mine, and for that I will always have a soft spot.  She may not have been the best in this video, but she was definitely one of the cutest--that blowing a kiss move was too adorable for words.  Ellis hasn't been as flashy as some other ex-contenders, but what she has done is pretty impressive; girl got herself into the Columbia College Chicago!  If you wanna hear this girl belt out a few tunes, she has a youtube channel: Ellis' Youtube.  My personal favorite is 'She's Got You'.  I can't wait to hear more demos come out of this one.

Emily is a gorgeous girl with gorgeous pipes--and she was giving some FACE in this video.  Very Covergirl esque, and totally suited to her new music--if you all haven't already (which has got to be the most insane thing EVER) check out her new single 'Slow Motion' on her website: and buy it, damn it!  Personally, I think it's impressively written, and GORGEOUSLY sung.

MCBUMPKIN IN THE HIZZHOUSE Y'ALL!!!  There were two girls in this video who were serving fierce like the rent was due and they could pay it in sheer attitude, and Miki here was one of them.  Although, did anyone else kind of catch a hint of sarcasm in her performance?  She seemed like she was giving a big eff you to Ryan for saying she didn't bring it hard enough--girl can BRING THAT SHIT.  Anyways, McKynleigh also shipped herself off to college, and, like Ellis, has a youtube channel: McKynleigh's Youtube I'd check out her covers of Adele--they're pretty awesome.

So as you guys may have noticed...I do not like Matheus.  Like, at all.  Period.  I tried to make it clear that I was only comparing these guys to each other when I said they sucked, but I was also just generally unimpressed with him as a whole.  Still, I can respect a kid who's got something going on and goes for it.  If you want to hear more from Matheus, he's got a youtube page: Matheus' Youtube.

Oh how I missed this girl.  Show of hands: who totally forgot that Marissa had been eliminated during that video?  She just got SO much screen time, and was SO dynamic and amazing and UGH!  The amount of fierceness seething through that girls body would be toxic to pretty much any other human alive.  Absolutely stunning performance, completely breathtaking.  Girl OWNS.  And, if memory serves me correctly, also came in third in the fan favorite poll.  Unfortunately, it seems that Marissa leads kind of a quieter lifestyle than the rest of these kids, and all I could find of her is a facebook fan page: Marissa's Facebook.  I think out of everyone who got eliminated, Marissa probably has the best chance of making it on Glee, and I really hope she does.  I mean, come on:

Who in their RIGHT MIND could deny that level of fierce--I'd love to see her go head to head with Santana in a fight over Brittany and just watch the lesbian fireworks fly.  Hey, she's even said she'd be down.

Cameron doesn't need Glee, and he certainly doesn't need me telling him he's good: kid's AMAZING.  His EP 'Love Can Wait' peaked in the Top 10 pop charts on iTunes, and within the top 50 overall.  That, you guys, is pretty AMAZING.  I mean, he was outselling Gaga, Katy Perry, Ke$ha--ALL OF THEM.  And on top of that, it's really, really good.  Like, I actually play it on my iPod good.  If you want to check out what Cameron has going on, check out him here: Reverbnation: Cameron Mitchell and I highly recommend buying his EP.  Really. It's good.

Let's face it you guys: Hannah got totally cheated out of a top 4 spot that kicked ass for.  I don't know if she would have won, or if she would have even made it to the top 3, but of everyone out of the entire cast, I'm pretty sure everyone loved MC Hannah and her fantastic raps.  She's said that Ashley Fink has been a major inspiration for her, but in my eyes, Hannah is the inspiration.  Girl came into this competition as a complete and utter underdog, and worked her ass off harder than any of the other contestants to earn her place.  Her's wasn't a gap that the show needed to fill, but an addition that Glee needs--a character full of positive exuberance and sheer personality.  If I don't see Hannah on Glee...well, I'll be terribly disappointed--she's more interesting than all of the current characters combined.

I'll be getting to the finalists individually in the next few days, but rest reassured, it may have been a very sort of Oprah thing to do, but I can't deny it: all of those kids deserved to win The Glee Project.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Ninth Episode Rankings & Winner Prediction

So the time at last has come: tonight, one of these adorable little pseudo-rejects will be crowned Gleekiest, and then...well I'm not sure.  I'll still be posting wrap ups on each person, and then maybe do a ranking, but I think...I think this blog may be kind of over for a little while after that.  I'll definitely post updates on things going on with the contenders--I'll let you guys know if anything big happens for them (contenders, let me know!) but other than that, I'll miss this show.  It's really been a great time, hasn't it?

Also, SO MANY of you have been asking me who I think is going to win, and I haven't responded to you for a reason: I have both a 'should' and a 'will' for who is going to win, and I wanted to amp up the drama of the reveal.  Don't look at me like that--I had to watch Matheus' stripper performance five times in a row for the screenshot.  I've earned a little self-indulgence.
Anyways, let's rip into these kids one more time.  And yes, I can call them kids because they are all younger than I am--now THAT is a terrifying thought.

4) Damian

I tried, Damo fans, I really, really did, but whichever way I spun it, Damian was definitely the weakest contender this week.  That's not to say his performance was weak--on the contrary.  Damian had pretty much his best week ever in my opinion.  The problem in him landing here is that he was the only contender that really didn't excel in anything this week--he was just consistently good.  It really says something about how well these guys did this episode that 'good' is only good enough for last place.

3) Alex

Alex was vocally at the top of his game this episode--his 'Lean On Me' (save that last shriek) was an astounding display of vocal talent; I was impressed that he was able to tone it down and hit some lower, richer notes for the music video; and his last chance performance was sublime.  His acting and stage presence, however, was oddly still a little lethargic.  Not only that, but he was the only one of the contenders who pretty much failed at the challenge of acting as a mentor.  Unfortunately, since that was the entire premise of the episode, it kind of defeats the impressiveness of his vocal triumphs.

2) Samuel

Yeah, I'm surprised too.  Initially, I had Samuel in last place, but when I watched the episode back, I realized how wrong I was.  In my opinion, he was the best mentor--he transformed his mini-me from shy guy to baby punk rocker, and did it in the most adorable way possible.  Unfortunately, he kind of...didn't do so well in the video. His last chance performance was pretty much par for the course, but while everybody else chose to really showcase exactly who they were, Samuel seemed to be acting out a part that he thought Ryan wanted to see.  And then that note...yikes.  Still, best mentor is at least good enough for second.

1) Lindsay

Lindsay brought her A-Game when everyone else was barely managing a B-.  From the homework, to her vocals, to her acting, to her last chance performance, she almost effortlessly destroyed the competition this episode.  On top of all that, she seemed to really be enjoying herself, and the positivity and relaxation she was feeling really shone through, and made her performances very raw, real, and, very Lindsay--and there is nothing but good about that.

And now, predictions.

This section comes in two parts: the person who SHOULD win, and the person who WILL win.

SHOULD WIN:  Lindsay

Whether you've liked the girl all season long, just started to like her, or completely hate her, it's hard to deny that Lindsay, of all the contenders remaining (and, with one exception, all the contenders PERIOD) should be the one walking away with the prize tonight.  All season long she's been the most consistently exceptional in terms of acting and singing, and she is the only one of the contenders who never seemed to complain about anything.  She was always completely professional and industrious on set (save that one infamous incident with Ellis) and has seemingly always been among the mentors favorites--even in the casting episode.  Lindsay always gives it her all, whether it be singing, dancing, acting, or getting slushied, and never faltered in the face of criticism, always maintaining a poise and a positivity that the show seems to value above all else.  I've had fun poking at her all season, and she's basically the entire reason this blog exists--You Say Lindsay Like It's A Bad Thing is still among my highest rated entries, and it was from two months ago--but there's really no denying it: Lindsay is the best this season had to offer, and deserves to win the Glee Project.

WILL WIN: Damian

I can already hear all of you screaming "WHAT?!"  I'm looking at it this way you guys: Damian is...adorable.  All season long I've said so.  Along with that, he is the most inherently unique contender in the competition, and he's absolutely captivated Ryan--and now Ian--with the possibilities for his character on Glee.  Before the episode last week, I told myself that Damian was either going to get cut, or win the whole thing.  And now I'm pretty sure he has.  He may not be the best singer, or the best actor, and he's a HORRIBLE dancer, but the boy totally has that x-factor.  It may be a little premature, but I'm pretty comfortable congratulating Damian here.

I guess at this point we'll just see what happens. #believe