We’re going to try something new with this series. Instead of full recaps, we’ll update this thread weekly with the highlights and the name of the eliminated contestant. First though, here's a quick look at the show and the contestants...
Series rundown: Over 6 weeks, 12 hopefuls will compete to win a 7-episode story arc on Glee . Helping them along, as both mentors and advisors to series creator Ryan Murphy, will be choreographer Zach Woodlee, vocal coach Nikki Anders and casting director Robert Ulrich. Each week, an actor from Glee will help judge a “homework” assignment – generally a group song where each contestant sings a few lines on their own – and then mentor the winner in their featured role in a weekly music video performed by the group.
Each week, the contestants will perform in a music video, complete with choreography, pre-recorded vocals and a little bit of acting. Based on their performance in the homework assignment and the music video (as well as the rehearsals and filming process), a bottom 3 will be chosen. Those three contestants will perform a song chosen for them and Ryan Murphy (with some help from Woodlee and Ulrich) will decide which of the three will be eliminated.
This isn’t just a talent competition, so the decisions will have more to do with whether or not the series producers see the contestants fitting into the Glee cast. This means that the contestants will have to be someone the producers are inspired to write for AND they have to be unique from the existing cast members of Glee. To that end, let’s do a little handicapping, shall we?
Here’s a quick rundown of our 12 contestants and their “Gleequivalent,” (GQ) if you will, if they have one:
GQ: Mercedes, only male
He could come on the show as Mercedes’ younger brother.
He might not have enough personality to inspire anyone.
GQ: Sam, with horn rimmed glasses
Working the cute nerd angle might set Cameron apart.
Damian’s Irish brogue sets him apart. Could the newest member of New Directions be a foreign exchange student?
GQ: Sunshine Corozon
She might not be able to drop the cutesy-wootsey act.
Emily thinks flipping her hair makes her sexy and unique. If that’s all she’s got, she won’t last long.
GQ: Lauren Zices
Will the producers be bold enough to have two big girls on the show?
GQ: Rachel Berry
Maybe Shelby Corcoran had more than one daughter....
Does the show need another hair tossing pretty girl?
GQ: Artie, but without the wheel chair
Casting Matheus would be a bold move, but he might not be up to the challenge.
This country girl is cute as a button and might keep Mercedes on her toes.
Samuel does look an awful lot like American Idol alum Jason Castro and that might work in his favor.