Did anyone else watch The Glee Project?
My kids try to keep me hip, but there’s only so much they can do with what they’ve got. I’m always a bit late catching on to things – I didn’t get hooked on Glee until the second or third season – and I didn’t see the first half of The Glee Project season.
But half-way through I did get attached to the young actors trying to earn a role on the TV-show phenomenon and was eager to find out who won on the final episode.
There was an earlier episode where the head writer, Ryan Murphy, and all his co-hort powers were frustrated when Cameron decided to quit the show. He felt that he simply couldn’t compromise his personal (religious) beliefs and be willing to do anything asked of him. Oh how Ryan Murphy squirmed. He was already writing a story line for Cameron. He wanted this character on the show. To tell his story!
During the second to last episode they were supposed to cut one actor – but saved them all – so four finalists were left for the grand finale…
- Lindsay: The girl with serious pipes who could get into some serious girl drama with Rachel
- Damian: The cutie pie Irish boy who charms everyone
- Samuel: Brooding poet artist type with some awesome white boy dreds
- Alex: Cross-dressing diva with some personality issues
Each of these actors/performers are certainly talented and appealing. It had to come down to who would add to the story. Who would make the show interesting. Wellllll…
Samuel and Damian will have guest roles for seven episodes while Lindsay and Alex will each have two. And I read that there is a possibility that each of the original twelve contestants may have cameos.
Right before they made their big announcement, I was watching Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan (the creator of the show) – and the way too sweet guys who coached them all along – really truly rooting for each of the performers, and I turned to the girl child and said, “Everyone is just so nice.”
Ryan Murphy gave them each feedback – and though he was a little firm in earlier episodes – he gave such respectful and meaningful compliments. So incredibly sweet and thoughtful.
And then they couldn’t make a real choice anyway – no dreams were completely shattered.
But more than being nice, I think it really came down to the character potential. Once a character gets in your head – you want to tell their story!
For the record, the more competitive youngest boy was disgusted by the wimpiness of it all. He wanted one clear winner. Just saying.
(Cameron, Samuel, Lindsay, Alex)
Get your characters right!
Sarah Wones Tomp
WRITING ON THE SIDEWALK