The trailer casts the show's two remaining male contestants, friendly rivals Blake and Michael, in a small-town love triangle with Aylin--and all three are so riveting, when the clip ended I was literally shouting at my computer monitor, frustrated that I didn't get to find out what happened next and which boy Aylin chose. I have often wondered why Michael (the only contestant of these five to never win a homework assignment or be called back first) has survived on "The Glee Project" longer than undeniably stronger performers like Charlie, Shanna, and Nellie...but I think I get it now. Ryan Murphy probably wants an actor who sings, not a singer who also happens to act--and the serious acting chops that Michael briefly exhibited earlier this season in the emotional "Everybody Hurts" music video are on full display here. I am impressed. Additionally, Aylin--who gave a rather unconvincing performance portraying Shanna's lesbian love interest in this week's "Romanticality" challenge, and as a result landed in the bottom three--totally redeems herself here and proves she can really act onscreen.
The mini-movie's other storyline focuses on best friends Ali and Lily. Ali, who has used a wheelchair in real life since she was age 2, plays a onetime competitive athlete who was paralyzed in some sort of mysterious accident caused by a very guilt-ridden Lily. Both girls deliver goosebump-raising, believable performances, and the once-unlikable Lily continues to show off her softer side (which we refreshingly saw in this week's "We Found Love" music video) and establish herself as a frontrunner.
I honestly do not know HOW Ryan Murphy will decide which of these five amazing kids to eliminate next week; he really, really needs to cast all of them on the next season of "Glee." And Perfect needs to be a real movie, too. I'll get a Kickstarter campaign going now.
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