I talked about this show last year in the “What I Watched” series. Even though in the second season they moved the show to a weeknight and a later time slot, I was compelled to watch again. Sometimes, I had to DVR the episode and pick it up later, but the combination of the concept, and the talent of these young people had me captivated.
Through the homework assignment, the video shoot and the last chance performances, the hopefuls are tested on the three elements that Glee is known for: the singing, the dancing and the acting.
At the end of each episode, Glee creator/producer Ryan Murphy — after taking input from the mentors who worked with the contestants on those three key area — would cut one young adult. I didn’t always agree with the cuts, but I did always understand the reasons given. Though talent is key to be member of the Glee cast, the show has a feel and a defined theme. Whoever won the coveted prize, would have to blend into the cast.
As we tuned into the final episode last night, I felt it was going to come down to a coin flip between the two remaining female contestants (Aylin and Ali). So, imagine my surprise when the tap was given to Blake Jenner.
Don’t get me wrong, Blake was clearly talented in all the needed areas, and I would have to agree with the assessment that he was the strongest actor, but I guess the writer in me identified with the struggle Murphy seemed to have about the characters he wanted to add to the show, and which of the two women would best step into those roles.
Regardless, now that we now which Glee Project contender will be migrating to Glee, I’m excited for the next season and curious to see how Blake is written in. Congrats to all three of the final contestants, who certainly deserved their chance at the brass ring.