The Glee Project Recap: Lip Bomb

If you don’t like the water, you probably shouldn’t be a dolphin trainer. If you hate airplane travel, you probably shouldn’t be a flight attendant. And if you can’t handle the idea of a chaste stage kiss in the midst of shooting a romantic scene, you probably shouldn’t be an actor. Which is why I’m scratching my head over Ryan Murphy & Co. deciding to give a callback this week to “awkward” cutie Cameron, who was so horrified by a smooch from duet partner Lindsay at the end of their “Baby It’s Cold Outside” duet that he was reduced to crying and calling his mommy.

“It was a terrible, terrible feeling,” Cameron announced, and I’d have understood his pain if he’d been talking about the way Lindsay completely blew him off the screen during their on-air pairing. Yes, girlfriend is irritatingly exaggerated every moment of her life — anyone else notice how she always gasps with faux shock and delight when she spies the board announcing each week’s assignment? — but she’s got a certain small-screen magnetism that draws the eye, and a solid belter’s voice. And sure, she totally copped Marissa and Samuel’s video kiss, but considering director Erik White had told her to crank up the volume on the scene’s chemistry from 80 to 100, you can’t blame her for trying the surprise smooch. Cameron, meanwhile, insisted that being a Christian and having a girlfriend somehow justified his outrage at having to show sexual chemistry with Marissa in his homework assignment, and Lindsay during the video shoot. That’d be a noble stance — if the guy had stood up, exited the competition, and pursued a career on the Christian charts or strictly as a performer in family-friendly/religious programming. But don’t audition for a show with as much overt sexuality and partner swapping as Glee, then cry when plot lines don’t jibe with your strict moral compass.

On the other hand, I’ve got to give a pass to Mr. Murphy and his cohorts for allowing Cameron to sing and dance another day. After all, at least the kid with the carefully rolled pant leg and artfully geeky glasses and meticulously messy hair has a singing voice, which is more than can be said for this week’s evictee Matheus. His two numbers this week — “The Lady Is a Tramp” and “These Boots Are Made for Walkin'” — exposed the serious limitations of his natural instrument, and not all the one-legged hopping or “surprising sex symbol” schtick in the world could save him. The producers tried to ratchet up a bit of he said/he said tension between Matheus and Alex as they had a battle over who could hit the higher notes, but it was about as thrilling as watching Mariah Carey demonstrate how to use a dog whistle. Also kinda weird: The judges seemingly acting as if Alex might only find a spot on the Glee cast if he’s willing to play a drag queen. Way to paint the kid into a rhinestone- and feather-encrusted corner!

What did you think of this week’s Glee Project? Did the right contestant go home? Who are you liking at this point in the competition? (I’m on Team Samuel or Team Marissa, but not Team Anyone Else.) Sound off below, and for all my reality recaps, follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV!

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