This week’s episode of The Glee Project was all about “tenacity,” and within the first 10 minutes I had a compelling reason to root for Alex’s ouster, seeing how he utterly failed to bring the funny with his own twist on the word: “Tenasty.” Maybe Hannah was onto something, though, when she asked for a dictionary definition of the word, since Alex seemed to confuse “tenacity” with “aggression,” or perhaps “heinousness.” Did anyone else notice the kid shoving his fellow contestants out of his way so he could take his place in the foreground during a performance of La Roux’s “Bulletproof”? Atroshe. Guest judge Max Adler correctly chose Marissa as the winner since she was the first to kick over her chair and the most entertaining with her machine-gun fire mime.
After that, it was time for the week’s video shoot, an “Under Pressure”/”Ice Ice Baby” mashup in which Mr. Adler made a return appearance to hurl slushies into the contestants’ faces and see if any would break character. Alex showed his typical enthusiasm by whining about how he wasn’t looking forward to the experience, then stood around sullenly during choreography practice while his fellow finalists dropped to the floor and worked up a sweat. Once again, Samuel rehearsed in hideous pink shorts (his only real character flaw), Damian sounded a little wonky in the vocal department (weird for someone with extensive experience in Celtic Thunder), and Marissa got accused of being “less electric” as an icy cold beverage slapped her upside the head. Oh, and much to my chagrin, that darn Lindsay popped on camera like a violently shaken champagne cork. Still, I thought Cameron had sealed his doom when he broke character and complained that slushies made him feel cold and icky and on the brink of a “hypothermic coma.” “I love Cameron, but it’s been the same temperature for everybody,” said astute judge Zach Woodlee.
Ultimately, Alex and Cameron wound up singing for their lives, but it was Marissa who filled out the bottom three, and found herself without a callback when Alex’s drag act and Cameron’s original song tickled Ryan Murphy’s imagination moreso than her own solid rendition of “Hate on Me.” Granted, Alex sang the bejeezus out of his Dreamgirls number, but exactly what role is he going to play on Glee: An entitled brat who’d be lucky to get within lipsynching distance of a “sashay away” on RuPaul’s Drag Race? And as for Cameron, I thought Ryan hit it on the awkwardly bespectacled, carefully-carelessly tousled head when he asked if the kid could actually act. But nope, I guess it’s my Glee Project destiny to watch my favorites fall one by one. (First Emily, now Marisaa. Who next? Samuel?)
Next week: Sexuality. That ought to be great for Cameron, who cried after a chaste kiss with Lindsay during the duets episode.
What did you think of this week’s Glee Project? Were you bummed to see Marissa make an early exit? Who would you have cut if you were a judge? And who are you hoping will win it all? Dare I say my hopes are pinned to either Samuel or Lindsay? (Hey, girl can actually sing, dance, and act…so I’m willing to forgive the fact that her life is a pale imitation of Tracy Flick.) Sound off below, and for all my reality recaps, follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV!