Matheus on The Glee Project 103
Being in the Bottom 3 last week was tough. I was set to give my best this week. When I found out the theme of the week was "Vulnerability,” I was very excited to give it my best shot. I knew that, for me, it wouldn't be hard to reach deep down and use those memories of how I used to feel back in the day for being different. I have encountered many people in life that didn’t even want to hang out with me because I was different, so singing the lines "Please, please don't leave me" was something that came with ease, when I reflected back on my past.
Dot is an incredible actress and I was honored to win the challenge and have the chance to work with her. I can really relate to her when it comes to things that she went through in the past. In our one-on-one session, she told me to always connect with the camera. She told me not to put my head down, and to always face the camera with pride and show that I am secure with who I am as a person. She asked me to sing "Mad World" for her and told me to dig in deep in my emotions. That helped me a lot.
The music this week was definitely extremely different from music in the past music videos. We all had to share our vulnerabilities while walking around in public and for many, that’s not an easy thing to do. The sign that I wore on my body said “small.” I chose that sign not only to symbolize my height, but also because people tend to make me feel small, or think that I'm only capable of small things because of my height... and that is not true. We can't judge what person can or can't do based on what they look like on the outside.
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In the beginning, I thought that I was going to have a hard time with this assignment, but later on I found out that it actually wasn't too hard for me. Being "small" is not just something that is hidden, but I actually sort of "wear it" on the outside. While many of the contenders felt insecure about people staring at them with their vulnerabilities, it wasn't too bad for me because I live with it every day. And people really do look at me like that every day. I feel way more confident about who I am as person because I am finally accepting that it is okay to be different.
As for Emily leaving this week, I actually didn't think she deserved to be in the Bottom 3. Emily always shows her funny, witty side but what she shared with the world this week is something that was really tough for her to share. I saw her completely owning this week's theme and showing her vulnerability. Some people may perhaps not get her sense of humor, but I think she is incredible and I got really close to her in this competition. I’m sad to see her go, but I know she will be very successful in her career.
See what Emily had to say about being eliminated here.