‘The Glee Project’ Recap: The Top 5 Lose Two (VIDEO)

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With only one episode left in The Glee Project, now is the time to ensure these kids can actually act, right?

Well, maybe that time should have come a few weeks ago, but better late than never. And now that they have the singing and dancing down, the theme the Top 5 must get through if they want to make it to the finale is “Actability.”

Note: Spoilers ahead if you haven’t watched “Actability” yet.

So with special guest mentor Dianna Agron paying the contenders a visit in the chorus room, the competition heated up — not only to impress one of the original core cast members of Glee but also because she came with flashcards. On each was a very specific emotion to be acted out during their homework assignment performance. As if that wasn’t tricky enough, the words (ranging from determined to angry to anxious) are all over the place, making the overall performance less than cohesive.

Michael won the homework assignment — and major points tonight — simply for being the only one in the Top 5 to know the homework number, “Addicted to Love” by Robert Palmer. I know these kids are young and all, but they have literally hundreds of years of music at their fingertips with the internet, so there is no excuse for ignorance!

Receiving their video assignment for the week, the contenders were shocked to learn they will be filming a trailer for a fake movie, set to the tune of Pink’s “Perfect.” They still had to hit the recording studio to lay down the track, but the shoot wasn’t about lip syncing and emoting but rather acting out little scenes  — and improvising with each other.

Blake was challenged to go outside his “nice guy” role and play a jock with an edge who was dating Aylin. His terrible treatment of her saw her running for comfort from his teammate and best friend Michael, who was falling in love with her. Oh, and she came from a traditional family who sent her away after she found herself pregnant. Scandal!

For some unseen reason, Blake ended up getting arrested, while Ali and Lily were besties whose relationship was tested because Lily caused Ali to get into an accident that put her in a wheelchair, and she just couldn’t forgive herself.

Seriously, this two-minute trailer was deeper and darker and much more involved than Glee usually goes on a weekly basis…

When all was said and done, all five contenders had to perform last chance numbers for Ryan Murphy, not because they weren’t all special snowflakes this week (as is evidenced by the touching tribute Robert Ulrich gave them, causing Zach Woodlee to cry on cue). But getting down to the nitty gritty, it just made sense that Murphy should see everyone one last time to make the most informed decision about his final three.

Yes, final three. Five became three tonight. Murphy and his writing staff watched as Lily performed Dusty Springfield’s “Son of a Preacher Man;” Michael crooned to an acoustic version of Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun;” Ali belted Halestrom’s “Here’s to Us;” Blake sang Elton John’s “I’m Still Standing;” and Aylin took on Christina Aguilera’s “Fighter.”

At this stage, it really doesn’t matter what we thought of the performances; it only matters what Murphy thinks. And when Aylin was introduced as the Muslim girl, it seemed apparent they were going to keep her simply because they have yet to write a story like that. Due to this line of thinking, the two who were eliminated tonight were Michael and Lily.

Lily was spunky and pretty consistent throughout this competition, and she really got emotional with Nikki Anders this week, but both Aylin and Ali have more obvious, and unique, stories for Murphy to write for them, making them his easier choice to advance. Besides, in the final video shoot, Lily still had trouble with direction, making the scene all about her.

And while Michael is cute and certainly stepped it up this week — both in acting and vocally — he was still a mini Blake, and since Blake was still in the competition, he was always going to be in his shadow. Especially because of just how much farther Blake stepped it up this week to go outside of his comfort zone not only to play “the jerk” but also to look ridiculous while doing it. Come on, you didn’t think we were just going to let this recap go by without commenting on his prep school rapist hairstyle, did you!?

Buzz Moments

OMG!: Lily was certainly having her diva close-up moment creating a scene where Erik White only needed a couple of (specific) lines. Get there faster, girl!

Thank you, TV gods: Gratuitous shirtless Blake and Michael bro-moments? About time!

Awk-ward: Zach may be a bit overworked, because he seemed to forget what show he was on for a minute, starting to call Blake American Horror Story instead of American Psycho. Maybe Murphy pays him extra to plug his other shows?

Additionally, was it just us or did it seem like Erik was prepping Aylin for a lifetime of typecasting by telling her that she may have roles that require her to wear the burka?

Hotness: Again, did we mention the gratuitous shirtless Blake and Michael bro-moments?

Fab-u-lous: Whether it was scripted or not, Blake and Michael in each others’ faces and shoving each other against hay bales certainly stepped up the realism of what could have been just a really schmaltzy teen melodrama.

Can. Not. Wait.: So, what kind of character will Blake get to play when he inevitably wins this show?

Celebuzz Meter (1-10): 8

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Danielle Turchiano