Since last I wrote about ‘The Glee Project’ some three weeks ago, much has happened, but none of it matters, because Nellie was eliminated two weeks ago! Nellie! No! My favorite contestant never wins on a reality show, but she should have outlasted both Abraham and Michael, but what can you do. I miss you, Nellie, but you’ll make it through, make it through, make it throooooooouuuuuuugggggh! Abraham didn’t last either despite his protestations that he would “not leave.” He left. Whatever.
Which brings us to the top six and perhaps the biggest shocker of the season thus far, though if you really think about it, it’s not that much of a shocker. The theme was romanticality – which isn’t a word and if it is, I cannot find the spelling of it that makes the red spell check line disappear – so everyone was split into groups. For the homework assignment – “More Than Words” with accompaniment from the one and only NUNO BETTENCOURT!!!! – Lily was paired with her nemesis Aylin (they kissed) while Blake was with Ali (they didn’t) and Shanna was with Mike. Blake and Ali were the best and they won, and thus began the story of the demise of Shanna. Shanna and Michael were criticized and Shanna started talking about how she never gets criticized, so it must be Blake’s fault etc. We then heard a lot of talk about how Shanna had never been in the bottom three, so we all know where this is going.
The video shoot was Rihanna’s “We Found Love,” and the couples changed slightly. Blake got to chose since he won, and he chose to stay with Ali (UH-DORE-UH-BAL!!!). Michael was put with Lily (which was to his benefit because Lily was awesome and carried him to safety), and Shanna and Aylin were thrown to the wolves. To be fair, they were bad. The major criticism was that they couldn’t keep a straight face and turned what was supposed to be playful and romantic into something that seemed choreographed. The three singing last chance performances for Ryan are…Aylin, Shanna and BLAKE!!! O!M!G! It’s a front runner bottom three!!!
In the end, Shanna was sent home, and I don’t finish with this sentiment, because we need to talk about it and the wherefores are a bit less important. Blake is really good. He’s a good actor, a decent singer and he seems to have chemistry with everyone. Of all the contestants on the show, Aylin’s real life presents the most interesting story and though to less trained eyes, she may have seemed like the favorite to go home, those of us who watch these things all the time knew Shanna was doomed. There’s nothing immediately interesting about Shanna. That’s not to say there’s nothing interesting about her, just that you’d have to dig. Aylin and Blake are the easier choices. Yes, Shanna has done well, but she became predictably strong and though she wasn’t messing up, we weren’t talking about her either. She faded into the background. She’s just another blonde girl with a dream and she’ll probably get there, but this wasn’t the show for her. Letting Shanna go was the right decision and if they have any sense Michael will follow next week leaving Aylin, Blake, Ali and Lily to duke it out in the finals. I’m sure the smart money is on Blake (or maybe Lily), but of all these kids Aylin is the one I would like to most see of ‘Glee.’ Team. Aylin. Y’all!