Season 1 of The Glee Project, Oxygen’s frothy summer treat to find the next breakout cast member of Fox’s megahit Glee, comes to a conclusion Sunday night (9/8 c). The show’s sometimes hard-to-decipher judging methodology — one week’s elimination is based on singing ability, the next on professionalism, the one after that on who inspires Glee creator Ryan Murphy to write a new character — means there’s no real front-runner heading into the season finale, but that’s not going to stop me from ranking the final four:
1) Lindsay: She’s gotten the “inauthentic” theater-kid edit, so she probably won’t win it all, but girlfriend pops on screen more than any of her competitors, and her impressive pipes and solid acting chops often make her rivals look like members of a middling high-school drama club.
2) Samuel: Ryan Murphy’s sudden obsession with the dreadlocked hottie’s Christian beliefs — a character trait that also made him enamored of cast dropout Cameron — makes him a good bet for the win, and he’s certainly got enough charisma and vocal ability to position himself as a viable alternative to Lindsay.
3) Damian: Previous work as part of Celtic Thunder gives him a built-in fanbase, but his vocal work on The Glee Project has been surprisingly uninspired. Irish accent has been his distinguishing character trait to date, but hard to fault him in the looks and charm department.
4) Alex: His last few “sing for your life” solos have been undeniably powerful, but his haughty and entitled on-set behavior make his Glee dreams hard to get behind. Sometime drag queen is severely lacking in the camp and comedy departments, too.
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