This didn't happen, right? Like, there's no way it could have happened. I'm going to watch this next week, and Hannah is going to pop up on my screen, making goofy faces and pining away for Damian and claiming that she has no idea what she's doing before kicking serious ass in the music video, right? Hannah is still in this thing, RIGHT?
Thanks for trying, Hannah. I'm going to go sob in a corner now. Damn, this show just got harder to watch.
Um, how weird of a homework assignment was this? And what the hell is 'Believability'? Apparently it's a word, because blogger isn't trying to spell check it, but what the hell did it mean in this instance? They should have just called this the "Acting and Screen Check" challenge, seeing as that was apparently the only thing seemingly taken into account for the bottom three. Well, that and their abilities to cry believably.
Also, what a FANTASTIC judge. Not only did it make sense to have her be the judge, but she gave each and every one of them critiques that were both positive and critical. Darren Criss could learn a thing or two from her.
And for once, I think the winner was pretty indisputible. Sure, Alex and Lindsay did a pretty good job, but there really was something about Hannah's performance that just made you smile. Plus, that has got to be the best vocal I think I've heard from her. The whole thing felt like a hug. And by 'the whole thing' I meant the tiny little fragment that was partially blocked by Robert's head.
This is Hannah's go to 'win' face, apparently.
"This song is about being in love with someone who doesn't know you exist."
This was a truly amazing sort of moment that still has me laughing. It seemed like Hannah, as soon as Robert said that, put all of the pieces together in her head--the constant questions about how she felt about Damian, him getting paired with Lindsay last episode, and suddenly this song? Yep. That is the 'oh shit' face of someone just realizing that everything they've said about the kinda cute boy on the cast is going to be spewed all over national television for the next few months.
Oh reality television, never change.
"I'm so sad I'm not doing floor work!"
This was definitely shaping up to be Hannah's challenge though, wasn't it? No choreography, a perfect sort of outlet for her alleged feelings for Damian, winning the challenge--maybe the reason they kicked her off was because they expected her to completely obliterate everyone else.
"I'm carrying my books to math class. I really wish I was your friend."
Or maybe it's because Hannah wasn't giving them the ridiculous, dramatic loving ode to Damian they wanted her to. This is one of my favorite scenes from the entire show, because it shows everyone just being friendly to each other, and that they all genuinely liked each others company.
"I just need to hear a little more pain."
Oh Nikki, never stop letting those freudian slips slide.
I will say though, Hannah really gave her best studio performance (at least singing wise) this episode that definitely impressed Nikki. Her voice has that lovely, raspy, soulful quality to it that gave this punky ballad a bluesy touch. One of my top five, I think, for the season.
Also, I know I've made it seem like Nikki was this cold, sadistic bitch all season long--and to tell you the truth, I still think she is--but can you deny that these guys haven't become significantly better singers throughout this competition? Woman knows what she's talking about.
I think that Jenna really helped Hannah this week--it was shocking to see just how much better she got Hannah's vocals to be. Plus, she seemed like she was a hoot and a half to hang out with--very approachable.
"You know, they're just 'o's, but they're 'OOOOOooooooOO's."
"You don't have to be afraid of it--emotion will change your vocals completely."
And hot damn if she didn't give the best advice of any mentor this season. Seriously. Putting Darren 'Soundbite-and-a-Smile' Criss to SHAME.
I think Hannah must have upset one of the costume gays though, because despite the fact that she looks good over all, whoever picked out her wardrobe matched it EXACTLY to her make up, and then gave her a nude colored shirt, which was hella distracting.
Whatever put Hannah in the bottom three is a complete mystery to me, because I thought she did amazingly in the video. They gave her the most to work with, different level which she was able to convey with amazing subtlety. I actually believed she might have been in love with Alex, but then, she was probably just thinking of Damian. Whatever it was, it worked--Hannah's sadness looked real and made me a little choked up.
As did her 'who, me?' reaction to noticing Samuel pining for her. It was a very believable transition from being sad, to a sort of gracious acknowledgment of flattery, and then back to a silent sadness.
The 'O's were a little terrifying to be honest. But I don't think that's as much Hannah's fault as it is the fault the director for not realizing that transitioning to a person randomly belting 'OOOOOooooOOOO' in succession was bound to look bizarre--had it just been Hannah singing the whole time, this probably would have looked fine.
It was so refreshing to see someone comfortable performing for Ryan, and even excited by the possibility. Although watching it back for screenshots, I do have to admit that it's a little sad, knowing what Hannah's fate would be.
There's no denying it: this performance is what got her cut. Sure, Ryan made himself look like a total asshole by basically saying the only thing she had going for her was that she was more relate-able that the other two, but he wasn't necessarily wrong--Samuel and Lindsay are really, really good singers, especially Lindsay, and Hannah's performance was oddly strained this week. She tried to sing like Taylor Swift, and honey, not even Taylor Swift can sing like Taylor Swift half the time. I would have loved to hear her have done it all raspy and bluesy like she does so well.
In the end, Ryan did say one thing that made sense to me:
"I wish you were more confident--I wish you could see you like we see you."
"I catch glimpses."
Hopefully, having watched this show, and seeing the response she's gotten, Hannah's finally gotten an eyeful of just how amazing she is. Personally, I thought she was going to win from the Dance episode on. I'm sad that she didn't win the contract, but come on--who here DOESN'T think Hannah is totally going to be on Glee this Fall?
Hope to see you soon, MC Hannah.