But enough of that - Robert's here to announce this week's theme. It's adaptability! The contestants seem pretty pleased about this for some reason, but that won't probably won't last. In fact, Robert reveals that they don't get to choose their lines for the homework assignment this week; instead, they'll get them at random. "I do not like this at all," Lily admits. Well, you'd better get used to it! Throughout the episode, we hear that the cast of Glee are always having things switched at the last minute - will the hopefuls be up to it?
The Homework Assignment
So the group's rehearsed their song - 'You Oughta Know' by Alanis Morissette - and they're excited to discover that Mr Kevin McHale is their mentor for this week! But he's got a surprise for them. They might have practised as a group, but they're going to be singing the song solo! "I don't actually know the lyrics to the song," Shanna reveals, but she covers it up well in her performance.
After everyone's performed, Kevin gives out his feedback. He respects Michael for making an acting choice, though he warns that it was a bit too much at times. He was impressed with Aylin, who "performed the hell out of it", and Charlie, who changed the lyrics to make it appropriate for a guy. He also praises Ali, for her "awesome" fierceness during the song, and congratulates Shanna because she "stormed through" even when she didn't know the words.
But as always there can only be one winner - it's a very happy Aylin! But normally at this point Kevin would deliver news of the big group number. No such luck... the contestants aren't going to find out until they're at the studio, and they won't be doing any choreography until they get on set. Yikes! Lily's getting even more nervous now.
Vocals with Nikki
The contestants all meet Nikki looking very nervous... and find out that they're going to be singing 'Price Tag' by Jessie J! Ali's thrilled, but she seems to be basically the only person who's ever heard of the song. "'Price Tag'," Blake muses. "Now I know the title of the song."
Shanna's "freaking out" because she doesn't know the track, but Nikki's really impressed with her vocals, saying she's a fast learner. The good news continues with Michael, who is apparently "on fire" - Nikki thinks it's because he hasn't had a chance to overthink things. Lily's also "pretty solid", while Aylin draws on her one-on-one time with Kevin to help her (and make Nikki say that her performance is "hot").
But it's not all going well - Abraham's having some problems with timing, breathing and pitchiness, while Nikki's worried about Ali's decisions with her vocals ("Let's get another one as an option," she says carefully.) To be fair, Ali's worried too: "I need to trust the choices I'm making and to be honest, I'm not."
Once again, everyone's nervous about what's in store, but Erik explains the concept for the video - there's going to be a group of rich kids and broke kids, but one by one the rich kids join the broke kids because they're having more fun. Charlie takes this all very seriously and comes up with a "sociopathic" rich kid character called Scott Campbell, who spends his whole time barking morally dubious business orders down his cellphone. He plans to stay in character all day, but it doesn't go down too well with Robert, who suggests that the video's becoming about Charlie instead of the group.
Mario's struggling, too - Erik doesn't think he's acting enough (though Mario is confused: "I am a good actor and I know my ability".) But Erik says his advice just isn't getting through! Meanwhile, Zach teaches some of the contestants the choreography, but he complains they all look like "zombies". Blake in particular is finding it tough, while Zach and Robert agree that Nellie's struggling to shine in the group. "The show's about New Directions and if you can't be in New Directions and make a statement you're not right for the scripted show," Zach murmurs.
Who's Safe... and Who's Not?
Everyone shuffles onto the stage to find out their fate, but Robert does at least begin with good news - Aylin excelled this week, in the homework and video shoot, and her acting's getting better and better. So she's safe - along with Shanna, Michael and Lily! Lily's relieved - who knows what the others will face in adaptability week?
Well, the mentors explain why each of the six remaining contenders are in this position. Nellie needs to pop in the group, Blake was focused too much on not screwing up the choreography, while Abraham really struggled in the recording studio. Elsewhere, Ali was a little over the top in the studio, Mario seemed "a little flat" on the shoot (though he says he was confused by the direction), and Charlie had a "different energy" to everyone else.
And here comes the adaptability moment! Robert reveals that they're all going to perform for Ryan... in duets. Ali and Abraham will sing 'Last Friday Night' by Katy Perry, Nellie and Blake will perform Foreigner's 'Waiting For A Girl Like You' and Mario and Charlie will sing 'Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me' by Elton John and George Michael. But Charlie's worried that both he and Mario are outspoken, and he's right to have concerns because there's a little tension during rehearsals!
Anyway, Ryan's going to choose who'll be in the bottom three after the duets, so there's lots to play for and the contestants quickly get to work. Let's get these last chance performances under way...
With the performances done, Ryan calls everyone back and reveals that Ali, Nellie and Blake are safe. That leaves Abraham, Charlie and Mario in danger! Ryan tells Abraham that he was the weakest performer of the night, and needs to remember why he's on the show. He adds that Mario is a great singer but his acting in the video wasn't great, while Charlie has "talent" but he's worried about whether or not he's a team player.
So the trio go to await their fate as Ryan, Robert, Zach and Nikki talk things through. Finally, they come to a decision and Robert puts his serious face on to post up the callback list. Of course, we hear how much Abraham, Mario and Charlie want this, but someone has to go home... and this week it's Mario!
"I'm going to take with me from The Glee Project great professional and social experience," Mario says. "I think I will change how I interact socially for the rest of my life. When people watch this competition, I hope they see a talented fearless inspiring young man that happens to be blind and not a blind person that they let on The Glee Project. I'm so much more than that. Blindness is the last thing on my list."
So with Mario out, we're down to nine contestants... and one step closer to finding out who'll be joining the cast of Glee!
The Glee Project airs Tuesdays on Oxygen.