It's time for the homework performance - 'Like A Virgin' - and the guest mentors this week are none other than Mark Salling and Ashley Fink (Puck and Lauren). Mark tells them it's time to get "sexy and seductive" and Puck fans all over the country swoon. The contenders stay upright though and belt out 'Like A Virgin', which makes Mark's eyes widen quite spectacularly. But who was the best? Hannah's thrilled when Mark says he was mostly watching her, but Samuel wins this one for being "equal opportunity sexy" (basically, he didn't discriminate between the boys and the girls). I originally thought Lindsay's shout of: "No" was a joke - she was being sarcastic because he would obviously win. Turns out she was genuinely surprised. In confessional, she says: "Sam wins and it doesn't make much sense just because he kind of does this squinty, sultry gaze thing. It's kind of frustrating. It should have gone to me." MIAOW.
Then Mark reveals that the video shoot will be Katy Perry's 'Teenage Dream', while Robert explains that they'll all be paired up. Samuel gets to work with Alex, so Alex gets one-on-one time with Mark and Ashley as well. There have been complaints that Alex is the "favourite" or "chosen one", and while I'm cynical about that sort of thing, the Glee Project producers aren't exactly helping themselves by gifting Alex one-on-one time with the guest mentors. Anyway, Damian and Lindsay are paired - much to the annoyance of Hannah, who's moved on from "could possibly have feelings for Damian" to "It's kind of impossible not to have feelings for him". Hannah and Cameron are, of course, the final pair.
In choreography, Cameron's still wrestling with showing off his sexuality when he's got a girlfriend. This is getting very frustrating now - be an actor, boy! Damian's also struggling to show that he's in control of the dance rather than Lindsay (to be fair, I think anyone would struggle to overpower Lindsay). And Samuel's getting into the swing of things with Alex, but warns him: "I still dig chicks." Later, Samuel admits that he's just getting used to acting, and pretending to be gay on top of that is tough. He adds that his mum is a pretty conservative Christian who might not be too happy with the whole thing. Speaking of that, Damian's trying to reassure Cameron that it won't be too bad - but admits in confessional that he's worried about his friend.
Then it's time for vocals with Nikki, who I never, ever want to sing in front of. Samuel and Damian both do well, but Alex makes Nikki pinch her nose like she has a headache. Oh, and Lindsay struggles too! It's nice to know that she's actually human. Cameron does well in vocals but admits to Nikki that he's struggling with the sexuality thing (again). Nikki suggests in confessional that he just has to put his beliefs aside for the sake of the character.
Erik shows up so that the group can shoot their music video, and Alex and Samuel are up first. Alex admits that he doesn't want to cross the line with Samuel, but actually Samuel impresses Robert and Zach by committing to the character and getting into it. Alex, on the other hand - well, they finally seem to have noticed that he can be slightly over the top and not too subtle with his acting. We also get to see their one-on-one time with Mark and Ashley, which was worth it just for Mark saying: "Are you old enough to be sexy? I want to see your ID."
Lindsay and Damian are next, with Lindsay making the slightly terrifying promise that they will be making "some serious heat" to make up for her studio struggles. The only problem is that Damian isn't doing too well with the choreography, forcing Zach to question whether he can be a leading man. The mentors agree that Lindsay is a great actress, but Nikki admits that she doesn't have a particularly versatile voice, adding that it's hard to get rid of her musical theatre slant. This is accompanied by a rather scary snipping motion. Gulp. At the end of their shoot, Lindsay and Damian kiss - causing much jealousy from Hannah. She has now moved on from potentially having feelings for Damian at the start of the episode to having a "huge crush". Cameron's also not impressed, because it means the pair have raised the bar somewhat. Sure enough, when Cameron and Hannah go to film their 'flirty food fight', Erik asks Cameron to kiss his partner. He refuses. Oh Cameron, I had such high hopes for you.
As they prepare, Alex admits that he's tired from being in the bottom three so often, and Damian says that "mentally [he's] beginning to shrivel". Cameron, on the other hand, is feeling great because he stuck to his morals. Anyway, Damian is first and sings 'Danny Boy', but Ryan doesn't like it. He says he didn't really feel anything from the performance - Damian felt disconnected. He adds that he can see flashes of a character in Damian but it's erratic. I must have been watching a different performance - I'm not a huge fan of Damian but I liked it. After an interlude when we get to see Lindsay and Hannah licking cream off Hannah's breasts (isn't this a family show?), it's Alex's turn to sing. Of course, Ryan loves the performance, saying that he's a rival for Amber Riley. The only thing is that he needs to see a different side to Alex from the whole diva thing. Thank you - that's all I've seen from Alex all season. The only problem is that it's not exactly Alex's fault - you can be nothing but a diva if you're given 'I Will Survive' to sing.
Third up, then, is Cameron. He sings 'Blackbird' beautifully but it's almost irrelevant - Ryan immediately wants to talk about his difficulties with the sexuality week. He explains that he's impressed with Cameron's convictions, but it could cause real problems if Cameron's character on Glee ended up in a romantic storyline. This is my dilemma with Cameron. He was one of my early favourites, and I do respect him for sticking to what he believes in, but he must have seen Glee before and known what it entails. Anyway, Cameron doesn't really have an answer for Ryan's questions - and then drops a bombshell. He says that he knows there are other contestants that will push it further than him and maybe The Glee Project isn't for him. He tearfully thanks the shocked mentors for the experience, but Ryan says he's not willing to give up on Cameron yet and tells him to trust him. Cameron agrees and walks off the stage.
Cameron's little speech has finally made Ryan see how great he can be, and he wants him to stay now. Robert thinks Cameron's worked too hard to genuinely leave, but Zach isn't convinced. Ryan, who points out that he'd be giving up a TV show, tour and record deal, decides to go to talk to Cameron in his dressing room. He says that if the show respected Cameron's boundaries and parameters, why wouldn't he try? However, he says Cameron has to decide whether to stay in the competition. But Cameron's made his mind up - he's going home. Ryan is upset as he thinks he could have written something for Cameron (he didn't seem to think this before Cameron decided to leave, but whatever), and reveals that Cameron saved Damian. At this point I have to say again - really? I'm really not Damian's biggest fan, but Alex has been completely one-note throughout the season and I don't see him on Glee. Maybe I'm totally wrong about this.
Cameron heads back to see the other contestants and tells them of his decision - prompting tears from Hannah and Lindsay and shock from Damian, who's partly thankful that he's still in the competition because of Cameron. Cameron announces that he has "no regrets" and says he's confident in his decision, before closing the show with 'Keep Holdin' On'. I'm still unsure about how I feel about Cameron's move - it's partly noble in that he saved other contenders who want it more, but partly he could have made the decision earlier and potentially saved fan favourites Emily, Matheus and Marissa. Also, I did kind of like Cameron despite his faults.
Next week it's 'Believability' - and lots and lots of tears. I think I'm backing Samuel (and Lindsay is strangely growing on me despite myself). How about you?
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