This totally has all kinds of spoilers for this episode. I’m going to talk about it all. So yeah, you’ve been warned.
I have to admit, I get pretty excited about the episodes where Darren Criss is the guest mentor. He’s so good with the contestants, and so interested in them, that it’s a joy to watch. Plus –total fangirl. Sorry.
But this one was a bit extra interesting, because there were boys left than girls and the theme was duets, or “pair-ability” which Criss admits early on “isn’t really a word.”
I was excited, and anxious to see how this would play out. The only openly gay contestant is Alex and boy-howdy is he gay. I mean, I love that, but it could certainly cause problems if he gets paired with a boy to sing a romantic duet, and that boy (these contestants are all younger than anyone on the Glee cast) has any issues. And what isn’t an issue when you’re 18?
I needn’t have been worried. For the first song, they sang “Need You Now” and Alex was paired with Matheus. Matheus admitted to being uncomfortable, but he quickly got over it. And that’s good for him, because the last person you want to see you dropping the ball because you can’t cope with singing to another dude is probably Darren Criss (unless, of course, it’s Ryan Murphy). By the time they finished the song, the two were outright flirting, and it was cute.
Alex actually took an interesting step in his duet with Hannah and dressed in drag for the performance, a fact that fascinated Ryan Murphy. He pulled it off fantastically, talking to the camera about how he’d love to play female parts and how he expects there are quite a lot of men who would like to as well. Are there? Also, Alex rocks in drag.
Ok, Cameron. Cameron, I didn’t fall for your “I’m such a nerd” act when you started and I only really liked you when you danced badly. But now? YOU ARE SUCH A FREAKING BABY. At the end of “Baby it’s Cold Outside,” Lyndsay kissed him, which was sweet and appropriate to the song and the feel of the video and he kinda lost it. He cried, and he called his mother, because he felt like he was cheating on his girlfriend. He even tried to pass the whole incident off as him being a super-awesome Christian. And this is a guy who wants an acting job? He’s going to have a meltdown about having to be in a fictitious relationship? I was actually super surprised at how tolerant Ryan Murphy was about the whole thing.
Oh, and Damian. I have a soft spot for him for many reasons. One, he sounds like a dear friend of mine. He even has some similar facial expressions, which is hilarious. Two, because he really seems to be coming out of his shell and he’s funny. Three, the way he stuck up for Matheus in this episode. I don’t think any other contestant has shown that kind of integrity. Oh and four? He wore bright yellow wellies while they performed “These Boots are Made for Walking.” Perfect.
I’m starting to realise that my addiction to The Glee Project has a lot to do with getting to know Ryan Murphy just a little bit. His off-hand comments are fascinating as are his incredibly spot on insights into the personalities of the contestants. I find myself wishing he had a lot more screen time, even if I almost always disagree with him.