We'll skip over the fact that again this is possibly not a real word and focus on the fact that we're going to get to see the group's acting chops, which should be fun. Still, there's always some homework to do and this week is no different! They'll be performing 'Addicted To Love', so time to get to work on rehearsals...
Robert's very excited about this week's guest mentor, and so should you be, because it's cute-as-a-button Dianna Agron! She's impossible not to like, right?
Anyway, there's a surprise for the contestants - to prove their acting skills, Dianna's going to hold up a flashcard with an emotion on it which they'll have to show during their performance (I love this mainly for the fact that Robert gets the cards out of a drawer in the choir room and one of the contestants is shocked the drawers actually open.)
The contestants are kind of thrown by the news, since they had something prepared, but they get stuck in - Michael's told to be "determined", Lily gets "scared", Blake is handed "angry", Aylin has to be "anxious", and Ali's "excited" (and boy, is she.)
Afterwards, Dianna praises Michael, though she says Lily could have been a bit "bigger". But there are nice words for Blake - he was "fun" - and Aylin, as she could feel the anxiety. As for Ali, she says it was "perfect" and she is a "ball of light". But there can only be one winner, and it's going to be Michael! That means he gets one-on-one time with Dianna to prepare for the video, which is a little different this week...
Yes, since it's actability things are getting changed up! Though the contestants will still record vocals - for Pink's 'Perfect' - they won't be making a music video but a movie trailer for a film, a coming-of-age story about high school kids in a small town! Dianna's here to hand out the characters:
Aylin: She'll be playing a Turkish girl with a conservative family... who don't know that she's in love with the high school quarterback and has discovered that she's pregnant.
Blake: Blake's the quarterback, who might be worshipped by everyone, but he's actually not a nice guy.
Michael: Michael's a football player on Blake's team who used to "hero worship" him... but has now fallen for Aylin!
Ali: Ali's the sister of Michael's character - a former runner who was working towards the Olympics but was injured in an accident.
Lily: Lily's struggling, because her character was driving the car when Ali's character was injured.
Sounds like a pretty intense film, right? Let's see how the contestants cope!
Vocals with Nikki
Nikki's keen for the contestants to "dive into the story" of 'Perfect' this week, instead of just singing it. So she asks Michael for more of a story and tells Aylin that her performance "feels a little bit sung". Blake's surprisingly having technical problems, going a bit sharp, but Nikki's much happier with Ali's performance.
As for Lily, she actually has a bit of a cry when it comes to recording her vocals - she explains that the lyrics hit home. Nikki's impressed with her work and the fact that she has those emotions, but admits that she hopes Lily can keep her feelings in check for the performance.
The contestants won't be filming scenes, but just bits to go in the trailer. And what's more, it's all going to be improvised! First up are Lily and Ali, and Erik explains that he just needs them to get in a line about Lily saying Ali was perfect, and Ali replying that she still is. But it takes the pair a while to get into things and Erik is forced to cut, telling them to get to the point, basically!
This time they do, and Lily's acting is actually pretty good. But they're still not getting to the line, much to everyone's frustration! Robert also points out that Ali's finding it difficult to engage in the scene... it's all about Lily! "She's kind of hung out to dry," Robert muses.
Next, we get to see "dark Blake" - Ryan wanted to see something other than the likeable jock, so he's going from jock to jerk for the trailer. Again, he's pretty good, yelling at Aylin about her time with Michael. The judges all admit they barely recognise Michael (though this might be because he's got evil-slicky-hair for the shoot) and that he's an "incredible actor". This continues as we get to see a fight between Michael and Blake. There's pushing into hay bales! Amazing.
Anyway, Robert continues to be impressed with Blake, but he's also pleased with Michael - "It was just really a pow pow scene." But now we're back to Aylin, who actually begins to cry just by putting on a Muslim headscarf. She explains that she's "fought against" that for her whole life and broke the stereotype, so it's hard for her to wear. But as Erik says, it's good for her in the scene - her emotion seems real as she's driven away by her parents. And it's also incredible because we get to see Michael running after the car yelling "Aylin" at the top of his voice. But that's that - the video's done...
Last Chance Performances
This is it - the final time for last chance performances! Everyone's feeling emotional and Nikki even has a little cry as she says she wants her kids to have the qualities all these contestants have. Bless! But we've got to get down to business - who's coming back? Well, Robert has a surprise - as his "final gift" to them, everyone will be doing last chance performances in front of the entire writing team. Yeah, this seems like the kind of gift where you're expecting a PlayStation and get socks instead.
Anyway, song time: Lily gets 'Son of a Preacher Man', Michael is given 'Girls Just Wanna Have Fun' (the Cory Monteith arrangement), Ali will be doing 'Here's To Us' by Hailstorm, Blake is given 'I'm Still Standing' (and somehow doesn't know what the song is?) and Aylin gets 'Fighter' by Christina Aguilera. Let's get going!
Who's going home?
Ryan wants to know who the writers are most excited about - Ian chooses Blake, Lily and Michael, while Ali thinks she'd most like to write for Aylin. Michael Hitchcock points out that Michael pops in the video the most, while Ross points out that Ali "killed" her song. Ryan wants to know if they should be picking a winner to do something they haven't done on the show before, or whether they should be picking a star. Pretty much everyone goes for a star!
Ryan points out that they have to pick someone they're inspired to write seven episodes of Glee for. Maybe this week they should get rid of more than one contestant? Well, they've made their decision anyway, and Robert's got my favourite serious-face on to post up the callback list.
As the contestants walk towards the list talking about how much they want it, it seems super likely that they'll all be called back for the finale. So it is kind of a surprise to discover that Michael hasn't been called back... and neither has Lily!
"I'm really proud of myself," Michael says. "I've learned so much. This really has been an absolutely incredible journey." As for Lily? She admits the show was a "pretty wild ride": "I've learned more in the last ten weeks than I have in my entire life. That can never be erased."
So there you have it! We've got our finalists - Blake, Aylin and Ali - and we're just a few days away from the big season finale. Who's going to land a spot in Glee? It's not long until we'll find out!
The Glee Project airs Tuesdays on Oxygen.