This is the first look we're getting at the final 14!
I have to say, while I understand that Ryan Murphy is looking for individuals, and I'm all for letting your freak flag fly, some of the larger group of 80 were a little too out there.
I think they did a good job of choosing the top 14 though - they're all individuals, but they're also talented and, IMO, relateable.
During the "Edge of Glory" video at the end of the episode, I kept picking a new favorite with almost every one of them that came onscreen. At this point, I'm less impressed with Taryn, Aylin and Tyler. Any of the others could win and I think they'd be great on the show. Of course, I'm sure that will change in the coming weeks.
Of the girls, I really like Nellie and Lily May, although Dani is special too. Of the guys, I really like all but Tyler and that's just because he doesn't stand out as much for me.
Charlie was adorable in the audition for Ryan Murphy. When RM told him to stop and that he was in, he looked stricken, like he'd done something wrong. Did I hear right when Michael finished his audition? I thought several of the judges said "Variations on a Finn." I was sort of thinking the same thing. He could play a smart version of Finn. Not the best singer, but he is adorable. I think Abraham is a doll too.
I think the overall quality of contestants is much higher than last year. I'm excited to see what these kids can do when the competition really starts!