The group of eleven devastated actors lumbers together for the end of the song, and everyone tries to make meaningful eye contact with Cory Monteith. To my surprise, once the lights come back on and everyone dries their tears (oh look, they're gone), Cory gives some very real feedback. He told Abraham he was reaching too much, and Lily that her angst-ridden hair pulling gesture looked fake and like it was trying to be too sexy. He told Ali not to push too hard. He obviously likes Shanna and Nellie, as I do. Cory, who cares who you choose? You are totally the winner of this guest judging thing.
Nellie is chosen as the winner because she hit a high note and the cameras cut back to Cory Monteith nodding after she sang her line. Nellie was "sure that everyone else was doing a better job." But that's what vulnerability is all about, I suppose.
This week's music video will be to the song, "Everybody Hurts" by R.E.M. The concept is "teen bullying," and because this is such a hot-button Ryan Murphy-centric issue, there is no time for choreography with Zach Woodlee this week. Instead, Erik White will be forced to spend time with the contestants to talk about their personal experiences with bullying. And you KNOW these kids have got some EXPERIENCES they want to talk about.
"[Bullying] is an epidemic, it's out of control, and I want this video to really resonate with kids," Erik tells them. What are the odds of anyone being moved by a Glee Project music video ever, though? Oh well, shoot for the stars. Get ready for an emotion contest, y'all.
Tyler feels there's no one like him, Shanna was bullied by girls at school who found out her mom was on drugs, and Abraham is ... straight? RECORD SCRATCH. Not to be a bully or anything, but I was pretty sure Abraham was gay. That was half of his charm. He says he has feminine attributes because he grew up with women. Errrrrp. I can tell you who isn't winning the self-awareness contest this week.
Blake tried throwing his hat into the ring, offering up a story about how he was bullied for being short, and then he witnessed some bullying and didn't stop it so he bullied himself in his mind. This crack in the armor struck everyone as sexy, and Blake will no longer have to meta-bully himself. Aylin took the opportunity to rub Blake's back. I saw that, girl. I see you kino escalating.