The Glee Project Recap: Naked Ambition

This week’s Glee Project elimination came down to a choice among a hammy cabaret Carrie Underwood cover, a deeply uncomfortable strip tease, and a performance of Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” that was the vocal equivalent of a single tear dramatically rolling down a diva’s cheek. To be honest, if I’d been in Ryan Murphy’s chair, I’d have pulled a reality TV shockeroo and sent McKynleigh, Matheus, and Alex home in one satisfying swoop, but that would’ve cut short the entire run of The Glee Project‘s inaugural season and created some issues for the fine folks at Oxygen. But since I’m still missing the heart and humor of last week’s evictee Emily, I guess maybe I’m still a little bitter.

This week’s theme was “Dance Ability,” and the remaining contestants kicked things off with an ad-libbed dance to “Hey Soul Sister” in which dreadlocked Samuel stood out by sheer virtue of not being groan-inducingly awful. (Matheus’ one-legged hop was particularly atroshe.) This led to a hilarious interlude in which self-proclaimed choreography expert Alex — he of the incredibly sluggish pirouette — declared that he’d thrown the challenge just to give his fellow competitors a chance to shine. This moment should’ve come with a warning label of TV-HP (that’s “Honey, Please” for the uninitiated), but then, Samuel went and brought his own brand of bad mojo during the main challenge of recording a video to MC Hammer’s “Can’t Touch It.” Look, I understand nobody’s got a patent on silly rap ad-libs, but Samuel admitted he’d stolen Hannah’s “skidoosh” catchphrase, which seemed a little ski-douche-y, for lack of a better word.

Speaking of Hannah, I haven’t been a fan of the redheaded “funny” gal at any point this season, but I’ve got to admit she stood out in the completed video. Matheus, meanwhile, got labeled a diva for asking for a bottle of water. (Okay, yeah, his mini-emotional collapse when Zach asked him to stay on his mark was a tad unprofessional, but I’m not sure the judges were fair in calling it a “huge meltdown.”)

Anyhow, as previously discussed, the Bottom 3 came down to McKynleigh, Matheus, and Alex. The gal who shares a name with Glee’s fictional high school did herself in with a performance that strained so hard to “show personality” that it bordered on Mime School 101. By the time McKynleigh took one final, horrified glance at her ring finger to end her rendition of “Last Name,” I knew she was a goner.

Then again, at least she’s got a solid singing voice. I’m not sure the same can be said for Matheus, whose take on Jay Sean’s “Down” was filled with flat, phlegm-y notes and, eventually, a bare torso. But I don’t think we can blame the diminutive muscle man for going the strip-tease route, considering Ryan Murphy told him to “go nuts” in portraying himself as a potential Glee sex symbol. Plus, while I’m not sure I really see Matheus as someone who’s going to make Darren Criss or Mark Salling lose sleep, he’s at least managed to stand out among the Glee Project pack without making me aggressively dislike him.

And then there’s Alex. I loved how Ryan summed up the kid’s incredibly cocky attempt at sounding humble by asking, “You think you’re better than [your competition]?” I didn’t feel much of anything from his rendition of “I Will Always Love You,” but I suppose he’ll be good at stirring up some drama in the house for a few more weeks before his inevitable ouster.

And now I turn it over to you. What did you think of this week’s Glee Project? Who would you have sent home? Was McKynleigh the right call for elimination? Who’s standing out as your favorite? And will anyone answer that last question with an answer other than Cameron? Sound off below, and for all my reality recaps, follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV!