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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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