Aylin, girl, I believed it for sexuality, but now I'm getting the feeling that you're going to start having this reaction every week.
"The theme of this week is 'Sado-masochism'."
I can see it now.
Personally, given the choice between Aylin and Lily, I would have definitely gone for Aylin--she was definitely one of the better ones, for sure--but I still think would have had a different overall choice. I think that what Aylin was doing, again, seamlessly fit together: the way she moved her body, the sensual way she sang it, the look in her eyes the whole time all worked great for a line like 'move your body.'
Plus, FINGER GUNS. YES.
I'm also SUPER not buying this weird little faux rivalry between the two of these girls. I'm pretty sure everyone that week gave an interview that sounded something like "God, Lily fucking SUCKS for taking the Jane Lynch mentorship." Hell, even I hate Lily a little bit for taking that from me, and I only blog about this show.
GIGGLING? Bitches, please.
Girl was GREAT in this video, and the giggling seemed like a pretty legitimate acting choice to me, which she clearly was able to navigate into something a little more devious. After all, she was able to switch between flirty and cutely conniving...
...to vicious, slushie flinging killer, and the whole thing felt perfectly seamless.
In the end, Aylin does this again, and Ryan Murphy giggles his ass off at the other mentors, and actually says something pretty legitimate for once: Aylin is a game changer. And not just because I said it first last week. This girl really has the specific kind of starpower and originality that Glee needs that the other contenders, as insanely talented as they are, aren't equipped to give. An American, teenaged, R&B focused, Muslim girl? On a hugely popular show like Glee? That's precisely what this country needs to see right now, and if Ryan Murphy has the smarts--which he very well may, at this point--to hand the prize over to this girl instead of one of the cute boys, like last season, he very may be able to help steer Glee back to it's glory days.
"You guys, this is clearly the opposite of the kind of stuff I like to do, I cannot stress how much I DO NOT CARE."
The fact that the producers got someone named Nellie that happened to be a little defeatist on occasion probably sent them into a bunch of giggling fits at the editing board: you guys, they've literally created a 'negative Nellie'. I HAVE to give them props for that subversive little number.
"Rofl, I don't give a shit!"
Nellie's homework assignment was pretty much the biggest, most hilarious disaster to happen on this show since...well, this show is kind of a big, hilarious disaster in and of itself. But regardless, yeah, disaster. Cute, but not the kind of adorable fuck up that the mentors tend to reward, like Shanna replacing the lyrics to last weeks homework assignment, or Damian calling himself 'Jesse's Girl'.
And for all the commotion about the bathing suits coming from Nellie, it didn't seem like anyone had a particularly positive reaction to them--Nellie's was just the one the editors chose to focus on. And come on: this episode--fearlessness theme et all--was clearly designed to get someone to be all 'I'm super not comfortable right now, yo.'
Although, maybe being naturally, adorably shy and, well, doing this, probably didn't help her case at all. I mean, it certainly boosted her stock in my book, but I'm queer like that.
"Yeah, every single person out there is staring at me right now."
"Um, fucking DUH girl. Did you hear yourself last week? Even I've got a shiv with your name on it."
As soon as she steps into the vocal booth, however, you instantly see a change in Nellie--she's just like Aylin in that she can basically convey the exact emotion required by the song assigned to her, but there's a little something interesting, unique about the emotions Nellie brings to her performances. They're her interpretations of them.
And c'mon, TRY telling me that she wasn't fucking AWESOME in the video. Honestly, Glee Project producers, if you're going to tell me someone is struggling to be sexy (especially Nellie for Christsakes) can you at least prove it to me visually and contextually. Jeez. I thought Barista Babe had a pretty damn good Ursula Andress moment, personally.
And then there was this. Honestly, I could probably go on for days about how stunning this was, how dramatically beautiful the emotional arc Nellie carried through the performance, how her vocal demolished the otherwise breathtaking offerings of both Aylin and Charlie...
But I figure a shot of Zach Woodlee shedding a tear probably has the same effect.