There's no doubt about it. The contestants on Season 2 of "The Glee Project" have been a little bit feistier than they were in the series' first go around. First there was Charlie Lubeck, who insisted on giving his input to weekly video director Erik White. On more than one occasion Lily Harrington has pushed back at the judges - Nikki Anders, Robert Ulrich, Zach Woodlee and Ryan Murphy - when they've offered her constructive criticism. And most recently Abraham Lim took it upon himself to demand a little extra face time with "Glee" creator Ryan Murphy.
Lubeck was eliminated in episode six, Harrington has been in the bottom three for half of the challenges and Lim was sent packing last week. So the competitors for a recurring role on "Glee" might be encouraged to be themselves, but they clearly should learn to do it respectfully. In a recent conference call interview, Lim talked about speaking up for himself to Murphy.
'The Glee Project' contestants had to show their tenacity during a video shoot
On last week's "Glee Project" the theme was tenacity. And in order for the hopefuls to prove that they wouldn't give up, they were put through a grueling challenge. The entire cast was pushed during a rigorous shoot in which they had to complete an obstacle course of exercises during a one take video set to the song "Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor.
While shooting 34 takes, Lim twisted his ankle but managed to push through. Still he lacked focus and found himself in the bottom three. After an imperfect performance, Murphy asked about the rumors that some of his fellow competitors thought that Lim had faked his injury. The 24-year-old contestant defended himself before limping off the stage.
Abraham Lim confronted 'Glee' creator Ryan Murphy on 'The Glee Project'
But Lim wasn't satisfied with his conversation with Murphy and made his way back out to the stage. He explained the decision, "When I got off stage I didn't feel at peace. I felt like I had more to say and I feel like Ryan was questioning my integrity and my character. And those are the things that my mom raised me with. And I really believe in sticking up for yourself. So I went back out there and I just wanted to remind him who I was, who it is that he saw at callbacks and throughout the show."
Lim also wanted to tell the "Glee" producer that he had more to give. But Murphy seemed put off by the San Diego native's pleas. He pushed back at Lim telling him that he should have come out and asked for a second chance to sing and show his talents rather than just speaking his mind.
But Lim stood by his decision, adding, "When you love and respect someone you also respect them enough to be honest and open. And that's what I was doing, because I do love and admire Ryan very much and respect him. And if standing up against Ryan Murphy even in the face of risk of elimination is not tenacity then I have no idea what is. I mean it was definitely intimidating but I have to stick up for myself."
At the end of the day, Lim's bold move backfired and he was eliminated from "The Glee Project." See how the rest of the contestants handle the pressure when the show airs on Tuesday nights at 10 p.m. EST/9 p.m. Central on Oxygen.
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