This week on "The Glee Project," the top 9 showed off their dance ability.
For the homework assignment, contestants performed "Hey, Soul Sister" by Train. Samuel won that assignment and was rewarded with a featured role in a group number and a one-on-one session with Harry Shum Jr.
Alex set the tone as the villain of this week's episode when he claimed that he had "thrown" the assignment in order to give others a chance, implying that Samuel didn't win on his merit.
Next, contestants prepared a music video of "U Can't Touch This" by MC Hammer. During the recording session with Nikki Anders, Samuel showed off his ad lib skills, but admitted that he had stolen the "skidoosh" from "MC Hannah."
During choreography with Zach Woodlee, Alex proclaimed himself the strongest dancer in the competition, but spent more time judging that actually dancing.
In rehearsal, Zach and Erik White accused Matheus of becoming a "divo" when he snapped and Damian and struggled to remain on his mark.
The mentors commented that this week's results had been a surprise. Contestants who were not the strongest dancers actually came through because of their positive attitudes. Meanwhile, contestants who were expected to do well (Alex, Matheus, Hannah, and Cameron) struggled.
Perennial bottom-dweller Damian turned in his best showing this week. He is finally starting to blossom and to come out of his shell. And he was rewarded by being the first to be called safe.
Matheus, McKynleigh, and Alex ended up in the bottom 3 and had to give last chance performances for Ryan Murphy.
Matheus gave an over-the-top performance of "Down" by Jay Sean, complete with a strip tease. Matheus had been in the bottom 3 because of his struggle to take direction during the music video rehearsal.
Last time he was in the bottom 3, Ryan Murphy had told him to own his confidence as a sex symbol. While that strip tease was painfully uncomfortable, it looks like Matheus proved that he was able to take direction after all.
McKynleigh provided a rendition of "Last Name" by Carrie Underwood. While she was vocally strong, her body language seemed strained and uncomfortable as if she was trying too hard to prove that she had a personality.
Ryan enjoyed her performance. He had never had a country singer on the show and felt that she could be it.
Alex became a caricature of himself with his performance of "I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston. While that boy certainly has pipes, his attitude needs to go. On the other hand, a divo like Alex could give Kurt (Chris Colfer) and Rachel (Lea Michele) a run for their money.
Ryan called Alex out for claiming to throw the competition. He asked Alex if he thought he was better than the others. Alex explained that he had struggled with society's prejudices about his sexual orientation. Ryan told him to be more humble and to channel his pain and angst into his music.
Based on this week alone, Alex should have been sent home, but the hammer ended up falling on McKynleigh. Alex had never been in the bottom 3 and had won a previous homework assignment.
The hammer ended up falling on McKynleigh. Several weeks ago, Ryan told her that he didn't know what kind of part to write for her (because of her inability to convey a distinctive personality). While I could never really see her on "Glee," she is a strong singer who would do well on a competition like "American Idol."
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- Harry Shum Jr.
- Ryan Murphy
- sex symbol
- music video
- I Will Always Love You
- MC Hammer
- The mentors