The Glee Project Episode 3 Recap

Week 3 was a particularly difficult one for the contenders as this week’s theme – ‘vulnerability’ – demanded that they face their deepest insecurities. But the contenders rose to the challenge and made an awesome music video.

This week, GLEE cast member Dot-Marie Jones (Coach Beiste) was the guest mentor. Drawing from her own insecurities and struggles, Dot really showed the contenders what it means to make yourself vulnerable and the power it brings to your performance. Singing P!nk’s “Please Don’t Leave Me”, the contenders all tried to prove to Dot that they were deserving to be this week’s homework assignment winner. Dot was impressed with the contenders, but thought that Matheus did particularly well and chose him as the winner.

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The group number this week was Tears for Fears’ “Mad World”. Each contender had to come up with a word that represented his or her deepest insecurity. Shooting the video was a difficult experience for the contenders. There was no choreography or fancy dance moves this time around. Instead, the contenders were asked to strip away all performance, and just be completely vulnerable for the camera. Striding down Universal City Walk wearing a sign that pinned each contender’s insecurity didn’t make things easier. The contenders all did amazingly well, and the video was so moving. But when all is said and done, the bottom three had to be picked.

Finally, the mentors decided to put Cameron, Damian and Emily in the bottom three. They felt that Cameron didn’t really connect to his insecurities, that Damian still put on too much of a show, and that Emily didn’t allow herself to go the extra mile and kept popping in and out of character. For the Last Chance Performances, the mentors asked Cameron to sing “Your Song” by Elton John, Damian to sing “Are You Lonesome Tonight” by Elvis, and Emily to sing “Grenade” by Bruno Mars. Cameron went first, but the Ryan wasn’t impressed by his performance, calling it a “coffee house performance”. He didn’t like Cameron’s new look, and said he didn’t know how to write for the person he just saw perform. Fortunately for Cameron, the judges allowed him to go change his clothes and give the song another shot. This time around, he nailed it! Damian did really well, and the judges were very impressed with Emily’s performance. In fact, Ryan said he had been struggling with the concept of performing “Grenade” on GLEE, but that he knew exactly how to do it after watching Emily’s performance.

After the contenders finished their performances, the judges were left to make a very difficult and ultimately shocking decision. The decided that it was Emily’s time to go home. Even though the judges all loved her performance and thought she did an amazing job, they felt that there was already someone like her on GLEE.

See what Emily had to say about leaving the competition here.

Next week the contenders face a very physically challenging theme – ‘dance ability’, and who better to mentor them than GLEE cast member Harry Shum Jr. (Mike Chang)! The contenders all try to impress Harry with their moves, and try their hand at rapping! Bustin’ out to MC Hammer’s “Can’t Touch This” the contenders give their all as they struggle to stay in a competition that just keeps getting harder and harder. You don’t want to miss what happens in two weeks when “The Glee Project” returns on Sunday, July 10 at 9/8c, only on Oxygen.

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