It’s time for a recap of the newest episode of The Glee Project — or as Michael probably refers to it, “The Glee... uh, shoot — I think the next word in the title starts with a P?” In this week’s super-sexy episode, Charlie gets cocky; Tyler gets in the bottom three for a (gulp!) third time; and Michael forgets the words to two different songs. For a guy who supposedly loves math, Michael isn’t looking like the brainiest guy ever. (Good thing he’s so darned cute.)
In this week’s episode, “Sexuality,” the contestants show off their sexy sides to guest mentor Naya Rivera while performing Color Me Badd’s “I Wanna Sex You Up” (which is the first time that anyone has even thought about Color Me Badd in, oh, about 20 years).
After the performance, Naya offers faint praise for Blake and Aylin, but it’s Charlie who wins the challenge. Why? Because he chose to beatbox, and Naya tells us that she finds beatboxing sexy. Somewhere out there, fellow white beatboxer Vanilla Ice was watching this episode and was like, “Looks like I have a chance with Naya Rivera.” (Dare to dream, Vanilla Ice.)
For the group number, the gang will be performing a mash-up of “Moves Like Jagger” and “Milkshake.” During the choreography lesson for the video, Shanna and Nellie are both having trouble exploring their sexy sides. Zach teaches Nellie how to pick up a book while arching her back and sticking out her butt — and who doesn’t pick up a book like that?
Everything turns into chaos during the recording session with Nikki. Charlie spends his time waving to and flirting with Aylin, which Nikki is not thrilled about. And why does Charlie need to do this during his recording session? Doesn’t he see Aylin, like, 24 hours a day? Also, it's a bad sign when Aylin says that they're "confused" about how to define their relationship, considering that Charlie doesn't seem the least bit confused!
And then Michael gets himself kicked out of the recording booth (that’s a first!) after he forgets the words to the song, including bobbling what appear to be the words "moves like” in the song “Moves Like Jagger.” That’s right — he had trouble with the words that are in the title of the song. Let’s assume Michael was just having an off day.
Next is the video shoot involving a sex-ed class where the teacher asks the students what sex means to them — which is the kind of thing that we thought only happens in porn. Nellie and Lily are totally impressing the judges with their wild sides, as is Abraham, whose newly red-free hair appears to have made him a new man.
Things aren’t going as well for Charlie, who appears to have taken Naya’s advice — about becoming the king of the jungle — a little too far. Charlie starts telling Erik (the director) how to do his job, which Erik does not appreciate. Uh, Charlie wins one homework assignment, and suddenly he’s Steven Spielberg?
It’s now time to learn who’s in the bottom three. Nellie is thrilled to learn that she gave the strongest performance of the week. As for the worst, that ignoble distinction goes to Tyler (again!), Charlie, and Michael, with Shanna just barely squaking onto the callback list.
Charlie performs “I Get a Kick Out of You,” which he had never heard before (say what?), but Zach feels it’s the best last-chance performance he’s heard in a while. Ryan tells Charlie that he needs to start treating this like it’s a job. Then Ryan asks Charlie who he was thinking of as he was performing the song, and Charlie says he was thinking of Aylin. All together now: “Awwww!”
Tyler performs an upbeat version of “Smile,” and Tyler seems to get the same feedback that he always gets: Ryan says that he’s rooting for Tyler because he’s brave, but that he doesn’t seem exuberant or charismatic enough.
And then it’s time for a complete collapse: Michael tackles “Lucky,” which is going fine until he blanks on the words to the second half of the song. And are those words all that hard to memorize? Heck, the word “lucky” alone is repeated about 30 times! Let’s just say that, when it comes to songs with complicated lyrics, “Lucky” is not exactly “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.”
After Michael chokes, Ryan declares it to be the worst performance of the night (ouch!), whereas Zach says that he’s still on “Team Michael.” Ryan tells Michael that he just needs to know how good he is.
And now it’s time to learn who’s going home. There are anticipatory tears all around, with Aylin hugging Charlie, until we learn that it’s Tyler who’s actually going home. Tyler was probably the right person to go home this week, but we’ll certainly miss Tyler and his crazy, crazy laugh.
All in all, this was a pretty awesome episode, with a ton of sexiness, and a bunch of surprise contenders stepping up, like Nellie and Lily. Meanwhile, Michael, Charlie, and Shanna all seemed to take a bit of a step back. (We still love you, Michael!)
We can’t wait for next week’s episode, but in the meantime, we'll probably read a book to pass the time. Don’t worry — we’ll stick out our butt and arch our back while we pick up that book, just like we always do.