Y'all, I still can't believe The Glee Project even got a second season, let alone picked Blake Jenner -- the only normal, tolerable and attractive contestant in a pool filled with horribly obnoxious misfits who Ryan Murphy seemed hungry to exploit -- as the Season 2 winner. I don't think I made it through one single episode this season without hysterically laughing (Zach Woodlee's weird T. rex hand pose alone got me every time), and if you missed a single episode, I strongly suggest going back and watching what I think is the best terrible show on TV.
Well, that was a bummer. It's one thing to celebrate truly talented finalists and not eliminate anyone for say, a week (Top Chef All-Stars did it effectively), but to have two winners and two half-winners is just... I don't know, un-American. Un-entertaining. Un-freaking-fair for Hannah. And since it looks like there's probably going to be another season of The Glee Project, we're devoting the last of our energy for this show on coming up with ways to make it better next time around.
What's there to say about The Glee Project? It's just so bad it's good, and it's brought us so much happiness because of that. A bunch of egotistic theater kids testing the patience of singing coaches and choreographers, all trying to stand out by putting on secondhand embarrassment-inducing performances...It's winning, it really is. Remember when Matheus took his shirt off? Or when Ellis had her first kiss? We really have come quite a ways since those first few weeks -- and it shows; the aforementioned secondhand embarrassment is now at a minimum. Which is why last night's elimination got us thinking: One of these kids really is going to be on Glee next season. For seven episodes! They'll have songs on iTunes and tweet pictures with the cast and maybe even become someone's love interest. So what roles will they take on? Well, we're sure you're shocked -- but we've got some suggestions.
Have I made it clear that I'm really into The Glee Project? I'm not trying to say it's revolutionary television or anything, but it definitely makes you wonder about the current Glee cast. Sure, Fox put 'em through the whole casting tape and live audition process, but how would they perfomr if forced to go through Oxygen's wringer? The Glee Project judges are tough on the competitors, and come up with some pretty small -- and often arbitrary -- reasons to boot someone off the show. Popular grounds include: Not talented enough, Ryan Murphy would in no way be able to write for them, and -- seemingly the most important factor in this competition -- they would clearly be a pain in the ass to work with on set. Let's see how the current New Directions crew stacks up.
When I first heard about the The Glee Project, I kept my expectations low. At best, I thought it'd be a harmless reality series that I DVR'd and maybe watched during a heat wave. Instead, I've been pleasantly surprised and legitimately invested -- so much so, in fact, I would argue the competition series has become more compelling, interesting and all-around entertaining than the show that spawned it.
Showing remarkably odd timing, The Glee Project debuted last night against the Tony Awards. And while I realize that only about 500 people total watch the Tony Awards and half of them only did because they don't understand the sport of basketball, the Tonys are a pretty big musical theater event. It seems silly that a show that is casting for a series that celebrates musical theater, would debut against it. Then again, I doubt that teenagers are going to care to watch Sutton Foster tap dancing around in a sailor suit, so maybe Oxygen was on to something.
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