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'The Glee Project': 'Vulnerability' recap

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After losing Bryce and Ellis, we're down to ten Glee Project contenders now and this week's episode gets straight into the action. The theme is "vulnerability", and for the homework assignment the group have to sing Pink's 'Please Don't Leave Me'.

When it's performance time, the contestants - and me - are thrilled to see Dot-Marie Jones (that's Coach Beiste, you know). Did anyone else melt when she revealed that when she cries on the show it's all for real? And, "I hear Sir every single day of my life"? Maybe it's just me, but I love Dot-Marie Jones. Anyway, the real business was the performance. Dot tells Lindsay that she has a great voice but it was a bit too forced. Boy, that doesn't go down well. Lindsay is not impressed with the comments and makes it known - but Emily is thrilled as she thinks Dot has called Lindsay "fake". Actually, Dot and Robert are happy with Emily, saying that they'd seen a "big bit of growth" from her. But the winner - for the second time - is Matheus, because he broke Dot's heart with his singing. He even gave her chills. So Matheus wins the big spot in the music video and some one-on-one time with Dot. Seriously, what do I have to do to win that? Matheus seems pretty pleased too, and starts crying. With that business done, Robert and Dot announce this week's music video - 'Mad World'. Robert tells them all to think about a word or phrase that signals what they're most insecure about. Remind anyone of a certain 'Born This Way' performance?

Then it's back for a quick discussion amongst the contestants, and it seems like Lindsay's at the firing end with some editing showing her chatting on and on while the others roll their eyes. Sure, Lindsay can probably be a bit annoying, but did that seem a bit unfair to anyone else? It doesn't get easier for her, either - video director Erik shows up and reveals that they're all going to wear big signs with their "vulnerable" word. Lindsay says she feels like a "trophy" because people judge her on her physical appearance and she thinks people believe she's fake (nicely-raised eyebrow from Emily, there). It all leads to her walking around with the word "fake" emblazoned across her board during the video - ouch. We also find out what some of the others are insecure about - Hannah's word is "fat", Alex has just come out as gay, and Samuel tearfully admits that he felt rejected by a girl he used to be with. It's like a massive group therapy session, and it's genuinely uncomfortable when Emily reveals that she feels that she was used sexually by music producers. There are tears from just about everyone.

During vocals with Nikki, Marissa says her word will be "flawed" but is too emotional to say more. Cameron says he feels like a bit of an outsider - although Nikki's not convinced - while Damian admits that he thinks he's put his career before love and he feels "numb". He also says what we're all thinking - this is like therapy. Then it's time for the video shoot, and just to make everything more difficult the group can watch each other perform on monitors. Yikes. Matheus does well after his one-on-one time with Dot (still so envious) but Cameron struggles because he doesn't feel like a "crazy emotional person". Watching him perform, Nikki, Zach and Robert seem genuinely disappointed that he doesn't have any "issues". It's a bit confusing, this - can he not be on Glee because he's happy and comfortable with himself? Or is it just that he wasn't showing his vulnerable side enough? I was a bit puzzled that they thought it was so bad that he was so self-confident and, as Zach put it, "normal". Elsewhere, Emily was incredibly sad and upset on-camera, but joking around and being sassy while the cameras weren't rolling. I thought at first that this might be to help her cope with all her feelings, but Zach thought it was coming across as fake, and he had a point. Damian also struggled, saying that tears don't come as naturally to him as other people. Meanwhile, Alex moves all of the contestants watching on the monitors - Marissa in particular. She decides that she would be a coward if she used the word "flawed" on her banner and changes it - to "anorexic". It honestly seems like a real breakthrough for her, even if it is on a competition reality show.

Everyone is a bit emotionally drained after the video shoot, but there's no time to waste - we have to eliminate someone. Hannah, McKynleigh, Marissa, Samuel, Alex and Matheus make it straight through, leaving Emily, Lindsay, Damian and Cameron. Lindsay ends up going through, as Robert is impressed that she improved after the homework performance. So, we have Emily, Damian (for the second time) and Cameron in the final three. Cameron was a bit of a surprise in general - he seems like one of the more popular contestants - but it's good that no-one's safe on this show. Damian gets to sing 'Are You Lonesome Tonight', and during rehearsals he starts crying because he thinks it relates to his experience of choosing between love and his career. Meanwhile, Emily gets 'Grenade' by Bruno Mars, while Cameron is told to tackle 'Your Song'.

The Glee Project mentors
Cameron's up first to sing for Ryan Murphy, who describes his performance as "coffee house" - ouch. He likes his style, look and voice, but isn't sure that he fits in on a show about underdogs. The problem might be that Cameron's dressed up for his performance - when Ryan sees his audition picture he tells him to go and get changed into his normal clothes and sing again. Zach and Robert aren't impressed with the suggestion, saying that Cameron had done what he thought Ryan wanted and made a mistake. I don't know, but I don't think I'd want to disagree with Ryan. Anyway, Cameron returns for his second shot and Ryan is pleased, saying he knows how to write for this version of Cameron. Emily is the second to perform for Ryan, and introduces herself as "legendary" - now that's confidence. Ryan heaps praise on her, saying he now knows how to do 'Grenade' on Glee, but says it was a "little too cutesy-pants" at the end. He says she's "moving", but Zach is less than impressed when Emily walks off stage calling the judges her "cutesy three little Musketeers", saying that she switches the emotion on and off. Finally, Damian gets his chance to perform and wows the judges, who say that it's the best they've seen him. Zach adds that they made the right decision putting him in the bottom three because of what it brought out of Damian.

With the performances over, it's decision time. Zach is pulling for Emily over Damian, saying that Damian isn't moving forward and Emily could become a better soloist than him. Ryan is convinced that Cameron is a star, but says he isn't sure what role he could play on Glee (I cheered a little inside when Zach pointed out that McKinley High is "a big f**king school"). Ryan ends up asking him who he was least moved by and the trio come to a decision, although Ryan admits that it isn't what you'd expect. Robert's the lucky one that gets to pin up the results and inform the group. Damian is the first to find out he's through, before we eventually discover that Emily's going home. It's probably an alright result - I don't think Emily would have won the show, but I'm not sure that Damian will either. Cameron was pretty much always safe. Of course, everything could change over the next few weeks. Anyway, Emily candidly admits that she didn't expect to be the one going home but is all lovely and positive about the whole experience. She closes the show with 'Keep Holding On'. Nine contestants left!

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