After a disastrous week for the contestants, they got a chance to redeem themselves in one of the toughest weeks, Vulnerability. Vulnerability-week stands for a lot of crying, touching stories, not so touching stories and basically an hour of TV you wouldn’t want to miss.
One thing I do keep noticing is that most of the contestants are less mature than last year’s batch. Never did they argue about which line they would take and being rude towards each other. I’ve noticed this especially with Lily and Mario, they are so cranky and bitchy. Sure Lindsay was sometimes hard to handle, but never really rude. Mario started as one of my favorites, while Aylin and Tyler were definitely in my ‘dislike-zone’. Things have completely reversed! Mario can’t handle critique very well, and you could say the same about Lily. While they are the ones who haven’t really stuck out for me last week and this week. But wow, Aylin and Tyler have been improving themselves, I was in awe with Aylin this week.
This week it was all about showing the mentors their vulnerable side, so there was no dancing for the music video which was about bullying. First, they had to do their homework assignment for Cory Monteith and Robert. The song choice was somewhat off, ‘My Life Would Suck Without You’ by Kelly Clarkson? Really? Like Charlie emphasized, this was not a song where you could really show your vulnerable side. I hadn’t realised it at first, but Cory was the perfect choice for vulnerability. Sure, everybody was expecting for Chris Colfer to show up. No one can argue that Cory is one of the more less talented singers on Glee, but still he manages to capture his vulnerable side better than most of them.
Anyhow, he gave some of the contestants some really good advice on how they could improve their facial expressions or how to let their vulnerable side more out. He was really impressed with Nellie (and so was I) and she earned herself a private session with Cory, which was also a session with really good advice.
In the recording studio, you could see Nikki fawning over some of the contestants like Aylin and Charlie. Nikki is great, and doesn’t hesitate to let the contestants know if it’s really bad. Which was the case with Mario, but he got defensive and began to rant about his classical training. You know who also brags about her classical training? Yeah, Lilly. So the two most unlikable contestants are the only ones with classical training and are the ones struggling..
Instead of dancing, they had a private session with their director to talk about bullying, which I thought was absolutely great. Last year, it was more about their personal issues. This year, it’s about something we all went through one way or another. I almost began to weep when Blake and Abraham shared their stories or when Shanna told her crackbaby story. But then, as I expected, would Lily come with a story of her own, only she wasn’t the bullied but the bully. Her story didn’t came out as really believable, it came out very forced. She’s very comfortable being a bully, we’ve seen it during the episode and in their music video.
For their music video, the mentors chose R.E.M.’s ‘Everybody Hurts’, which was an excellent choice. It’s was so much better than last weeks disaster, I want to watch it over and over again. Things got a little weird, when Charlie took Mario’s cane in an impulsive act, which was a little dangerous. Imagine you being blind and they took your cane away from you. It was an impulsive act, but he regretted every single moment of it afterwards. Charlie felt really guilty, and it was hard not to feel sorry for him. On the other hand, you could not feel sorry for Lilly. She was back being whiny when she had to show her vulnerable side and was way too violent being a bully. She likes being a bully, it showed. Plus she couldn’t lip sync a single line.
I was and still am in awe with the music video. Some of the contestants really impressed me. It shows that Blake has some actor experience, he’s the best actor in the competition no doubt and he has such a great voice. Michael improves every episode along with Abraham and Shanna. It’s maybe too soon to tell, but those probably could be our final four in a couple of weeks!
At evaluation they had trouble picking the bottom three only based on the music video ( It was that good!), so they took their studiowork also in account. Which left Nellie,Lily,Ali,Mario and Charlie as the final five.They also emphasized that none of these five are really ready for Glee. Eventually they saved Nellie and Ali.
The other three kids did very well before Ryan, actually Charlie did great. He gave us a nice rendition of Coldplay’s ‘Fix You’, his version was strange but excellent. Lilly and Mario broke down in front of Ryan, because they hadn’t got the chance to show their vulnerable side. Isn’t that the point of this week? To show them your vulnerable side! Anyway as always, Ryan is a little unpredictable and saved all three of them.
Things are about to get sexy next week, with Sexuality as their theme. Check out their music video in advance, which is really hot. They should make these kind of things on Glee!
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