Blake seems to be the only person who knows this is bullshit. Now they all have a chance of being eliminated. Ah well, good riddance. Good riddance to this whole show. They are all assigned a bunch of songs they don't know, except Aylin who gets "Fighter" by Christina Aguilera.
Michael is up first, singing "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" by Cyndi Lauper but made famous by Cory Monteith. Basically, they want to replace Cory Monteith with Michael, and it will obviously work. If Michael would only open his eyes while singing ... The writers find him genuine, and Ryan Murphy thinks girls would love him.
Lily "has grown a lot in the competition" from a sassy theater girl to a very annoying person who needs even more attention and cries a little too often. Her performance of "Son of a Preacher Man" is a bit confusing. She's playing it coy and "in love," rather than fun and sassy, which the writers probably should have seen. Oh, but she sassed it up toward the end and reminded me why I never particularly warmed to her. Ian Brennan found her "complex" and "interesting to write for" but noted that she was "cloying." Yaaaaay Ian Brennan.
Ali, according to Robert, is "a really good actress," but Ryan said he thought she struggled in the video. I find her incredibly cloying, and I hope Ian Brennan sticks it to her. She does that awful acting face where she wrinkles up her nose like "how cute am I?" Ian Brennan sees Ali as "a good bitch character," and Ryan agreed that when you're writing someone with a disability it's important to make the disability the least noticeable part about them. But when you're writing a fake disability for someone who doesn't have one, like the Artie character for instance, it's OK.
Blake, the perfect, sings "I'm Still Standing" next. Zach Woodlee hugs himself happily, having just prepped himself by taking a tab of ecstasy. He was great, but the female writer felt like "we were missing his wound." That's your job as a writer, though, isn't it? To write a character? Can't someone just be well-adjusted and a good actor? Guess not.
Aylin's performance of "Fighter" is last. I might venture to say that next to Ali's, it was the worst of the night. No, Lily's was pretty bad, too. I don't know, I hate them all after their dramatic improv. The writers agree that "America is curious about Muslim cultures," and that they've never had a Muslim character before. Acting ability aside.
The writers caucus, and the lady writer said she's most excited to write for Aylin, and Michael "popped" in the video (did you mean Blake?). They discussed Ali and Lily a bit, too, and it just reminded me of how much they would have loved Shanna. Then Ryan asked an interesting question.