The Glee Project Season 2 Vulnerability Homework Assignment

Since 'The Glee Project' is such a densely packed show, we're recapping by segment moving forward. This week, contestants were asked to show their 'Vulnerability.' Cue the celestial choirs, since none of the bottom three (Lily, Charlie and Mario) were sent home. They all got a call back.

To catch you up, Maxfield and Dani were sent home during the first two weeks, while Taryn quit of her own accord during the second ep. Taryn quitting eliminated a need for a, well, elimination.

For Episode 3, the contestants were asked to demonstrate their vulnerability. It's a challenging emotion and concept, one that required a good amount of openness, something that a few of the hopefuls struggled with.

Homework Assignment: The remaining hopefuls performed Kelly Clarkson's 'My Life Would Suck Without You.' It was quality.

Mentor:Cory Monteith, who plays Finn Hudson, on the show, offered a key piece of advice on how to properly display vulnerability. He said, "You have to tap into what makes you feel uncomfortable as a person, so you can bring it to the role. If it's real for you, it's real for the audience." Nice advice, Finn, er , Cory! Nellie, the pixie, won the homework assignment, so she got one-on-one time with Monteith. He gave her some tips when filming emotional scenes for the show.

Music Video: 'Everybody Hurts' by rock band R.E.M. was the music video, which centered on the epidemic of bullying. Some of the contestants talked about their history with bullying, with Tyler revealing that he is a half-black, Jewish transvestite, which meant he was an easy target. Shanna's mother was a drug addict, so people called her a "crack baby." Aylin revealed she was called a terrorist, since she was the only Muslim in her school. Lily revealed she was the bully in middle school, which was a twist. When she saw 'Mean Girls,' she repented for her sins, offering apologies to those whose lives she made a living hell. During the filming, Charlie tried so hard to get into character that he grabbed blind Mario's cane, which was crossing a boundary and a "no no." The producers reminded the hopefuls that 'The Glee Project' is boot camp, so they need to shape up or ship out.

Last Chance: Lily got her neo-soul on by singing 'Mercy' by Duffy. Afterwards, she burst into tears, saying she doesn't show vulnerability since she always has to be "on" and rock it because she is 240 lbs. Well, she demonstrated her softer side right there. It was the moment where she cracked her shell. Charlie sang 'Fix You' by Coldplay. Ryan Murphy loved that he couldn't tell where Charlie would go with each and every note, which prevents the show from being karaoke. Mario performed 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow' and it was pretty. He was in the bottom because he responds so negatively to criticism.

With Taryn out and Murphy intrigued by all three, they were each spared.

Also, here's our one-sentence rundown for each hopeful, some of which we saw more of than others.

Michael: He's blending in.
Charlie: He struggled with direction.
Abraham: That shock of pink hair makes him stand out
Ali: She's a bit too expressive with her face when performing.
Mario: His pitch is always under in the studio.
Shanna: She is always in the top!
Tyler: Finally! He wasn't in the bottom!
Aylin: She remains perky as ever.
Nellie: She needs to "commit" a little more but fears making a fool of herself, which is the whole point.
Blake: He is unanimously the best actor
Lily Mae: She's showing some diva attitude...again. She had technical issues aka she can't lip sync.

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Watch the Cast Perform R.E.M.'s 'Everybody Hurts'

The Glee Project
Created byRyan Murphy
Presented byRobert Ulrich
JudgesRyan Murphy
Robert Ulrich
Zach Woodlee
Nikki Anders
Ian Brennan
Narrated byIan Brennan
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes21 (plus 2 specials)
Executive producer(s)Michael Davies
Shauna Minoprio
Ryan Murphy
Dante Di Loreto
Producer(s)Ryan Murphy
Running time44 minutes
Production company(s)Embassy Row
Ryan Murphy Productions
DistributorSony Pictures Television
Original networkOxygen
Original releaseJune 12, 2011 (2011-06-12) – August 14, 2012 (2012-08-14)
Related showsGlee
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The Glee Project is an American reality television series from Oxygen. It served as an audition for the Fox musical comedy series Glee, and the prize for the winner was a minimum seven-episode arc in the following season of the show. The show's first season premiered in the US on June 12, 2011, and concluded on August 21, 2011. In Canada, the series began airing on Slice on June 26, 2011, and in the UK, the series began airing on Sky 1 on July 14, 2011. A second season aired in the US from June 5 to August 14, 2012. In July 2013, it was announced that The Glee Project would not return for a third season.[1]

Glee executive producers Ryan Murphy and Dante Di Loreto executive produced for The Glee Project. Glee's casting director, Robert Ulrich, was casting director for the project, while Glee's on-screen non-speaking accompanist, Brad Ellis, helping Ulrich coach 80 potential candidates as seen in the music segment of "The Top 12" special that led into the pilot episode of season 1.[2][3]

Contest process[edit]

Each episode of The Glee Project is given an overall theme and covers events that have taken place in about the time span of a week. The following is how the events are broadcast.

Homework assignment[edit]

Contestants are given a "homework assignment" that entails learning and practicing segments of a chosen song. At the beginning of each episode, contestants perform their respective parts of the song in front of a mystery guest judge from the Glee cast. The contestant that completes the homework best is given a one-on-one session with the guest star and a principal part in the music video.

Music video (group performance)[edit]

Contestants then create a music video "inspired by the performances on Glee". In preparation for the music video, contestants record parts of a song in a professional studio with vocal producer Nikki Anders (née Hassman). They also learn choreography from Zach Woodlee and/or Brooke Lipton, his assistant. The entire process is overseen by Glee's casting director Robert Ulrich.


During callbacks, the top performing contestants are revealed. They are complemented on their performances and immediately called back. Then the remaining ones are critiqued by Robert Ulrich and Zach Woodlee, and also in the second season by Nikki Anders, about their performances. (Anders substituted for Woodlee in Ep. 8 of the first season.) Then the bottom three contestants are revealed as others are added to the callback list. They are then each assigned a different song that they will perform in hopes of being "saved".

During season 1, Nikki visited each of the bottom in their dressing/rehearsal room to provide last minute feedback and a pep talk.

Last chance performance[edit]

The bottom three of the week perform their assigned songs in front of Ryan Murphy himself. With input from Woodlee, Ulrich, and Anders (in the second season) a decision is made and one of the bottom three is eliminated.

During the next to last episode of each season Ryan didn’t include the mentors in this, instead he invited co-creator Ian Brennan to join him. In the final episodes, Murphy, Woodlee, Ulrich, Anders, and Brennan were also joined by several of the guest mentors, writers, and cast members.

Final callbacks[edit]

Unlike most reality competition shows, contestants are not directly informed of their elimination, nor must they wait for extended tension-filled pauses to hear the results one by one. Rather, the bottom three are notified when "the list is up" and discover their fate as they find their name on the list. Afterwards, the eliminated contestant sings lead vocals in "Keep Holding On" by Avril Lavigne with the remaining contestants singing the background vocals.

Season one (2011)[edit]

Although originally planned to begin broadcasting in late May 2011, The Glee Project premiered on June 12, 2011, and aired a two-hour extended premiere where the first hour showed the audition process and selection of the twelve contenders, and the second hour was the first episode of the series. The Canadian and UK premieres were also in the same two-hour extended format: in Canada, the series began airing on Slice on June 26, 2011, and in the UK, the series began airing on Sky One on July 14, 2011.

Damian McGinty and Samuel Larsen were both proclaimed the winners of the first season, each winning a seven-episode arc. Runners-up Lindsay Pearce and Alex Newell were given prizes of a two-episode arc on Glee, and Cameron Mitchell, who quit the competition in episode 7, won the "fan favorite" competition and the associated $10,000 prize.[4] Pearce's two-episode arc, as a Rachel Berry-esque girl named Harmony, consisted of the season premiere episode "The Purple Piano Project" and the eighth episode "Hold On to Sixteen", while McGinty began his arc as Rory Flanagan, an Irish exchange student, in the fourth episode "Pot o' Gold"; McGinty was retained on the show beyond his seven-episode prize. Larsen debuted on Glee in the thirteenth episode, "Heart", as a transfer student named Joe Hart,[5] also appearing beyond his original seven-episode stint. Newell's first appearance was in the April 17, 2012 episode "Saturday Night Glee-ver". He played Wade Adams, a transgender member of the rival Vocal Adrenaline show choir, and appeared briefly in "Props", returning a few more times before transferring to McKinley High for the series' fourth season and becoming a series regular for its fifth season.

McGinty, Larsen, Pearce and Newell were chosen to sing on the 2011 Glee Christmas album, Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album Volume 2.[6]


ContenderAgeHometownResultDate eliminatedReferences
Samuel Larsen19Los Angeles, CaliforniaWinnerN/A[7]
Damian McGinty, Jr.18Derry, Northern IrelandWinnerN/A[8]
Lindsay Pearce19Modesto, CaliforniaRunner-upN/A[9]
Alex Newell18Lynn, MassachusettsRunner-upN/A[10]
Hannah McIalwain19Asheville, North Carolina8th eliminatedAugust 7, 2011 (2011-08-07)[11]
Cameron Mitchell21Fort Worth, Texas7th eliminatedJuly 31, 2011 (2011-07-31)[12][13]
Marissa von Bleicken19New York, New York6th eliminatedJuly 24, 2011 (2011-07-24)[14]
Matheus Fernandes19Atlanta, Georgia5th eliminatedJuly 17, 2011 (2011-07-17)[15][16]
McKynleigh Abraham19Paducah, Kentucky4th eliminatedJuly 10, 2011 (2011-07-10)[17]
Emily Vásquez22New York, New York3rd eliminatedJune 26, 2011 (2011-06-26)[18]
Ellis Wylie18Grayslake, Illinois2nd eliminatedJune 19, 2011 (2011-06-19)[19][20]
Bryce Ross-Johnson22Westlake Village, California1st eliminatedJune 12, 2011 (2011-06-12)[21]


Contender progress[edit]


 IN   The contender was not at risk of elimination.
 WIN  The contender won the homework assignment and was not at risk of elimination.
 W/R  The contender won the homework assignment but was at risk of being eliminated.
 RISK  The contender sang for Ryan and was immediately safe.
 RISK  The contender was at risk of being eliminated.
 OUT  The contender was eliminated.
 W/O  The contender won the homework assignment but was eliminated.
 QUIT  The contender quit the competition.
 SAVED  The contender was to be eliminated, but was saved due to another contender quitting.
 WINNER  The contender won a 7-episode arc on Glee.
 RUNNER-UP  The contender won a 2-episode arc on Glee.

Season two (2012)[edit]

Casting for a second season was announced after the first season finale. The season pickup was confirmed on January 17, 2012, at which time it was stated that the second season would feature fourteen contestants, an increase of two from the twelve in the first season.[29] On January 21, 2012, Lea Michele revealed that she would be the guest mentor for the season premiere.[30] Other guest mentors will include season 1 co-winner Samuel Larsen (Joe Hart), Cory Monteith (Finn Hudson), Naya Rivera (Santana Lopez), Jane Lynch (Sue Sylvester), Amber Riley (Mercedes Jones), Chris Colfer (Kurt Hummel), Dianna Agron (Quinn Fabray) and returning season 1 mentors Darren Criss (Blaine Anderson) and Kevin McHale (Artie Abrams).[31][32]

The second season premiered in the US on June 5, 2012, and ran for eleven weeks, concluding on August 14, 2012.[33] There was one winner for the season: Blake Jenner won the seven-episode arc on Glee. He made his first appearance in the fifth episode of season four, "The Role You Were Born to Play", as a McKinley student named Ryder Lynn.[34] He was a recurring character for 18 episodes on season 4 and was promoted to series regular on season 5.[35] Ali Stroker, the runner up, also made an unexpected first appearance in the fourth season episode, "I Do", as Betty Pillsbury.

Dani Shay, who was the third person eliminated, was previous a contestant on America's Got Talent (season 6) going as far as the quarter-finals.


ContenderAgeHometownResultDate eliminatedReferences
Blake Jenner19Miami, FloridaWinnerN/A[36][37]
Ali Stroker24New York, New YorkRunner-upN/A[38][39]
Aylin Bayramoglu19Chicago, IllinoisRunner-upN/A[40][41]
Lily Mae Harrington19Dennis, Massachusetts11th eliminatedAugust 7, 2012 (2012-08-07)[42][43]
Michael Weisman18Chicago, Illinois10th eliminatedAugust 7, 2012 (2012-08-07)[44][45]
Shanna Henderson21Auburn, Alabama9th eliminatedJuly 31, 2012 (2012-07-31)[46][47]
Abraham Lim24San Diego, California8th eliminatedJuly 24, 2012 (2012-07-24)[38][48]
Nellie Veitenheimer19Tacoma, Washington7th eliminatedJuly 17, 2012 (2012-07-17)[49][50]
Charlie Lubeck22Chicago, Illinois6th eliminatedJuly 10, 2012 (2012-07-10)[51][52]
Mario Bonds24Lanham, Maryland5th eliminatedJuly 3, 2012 (2012-07-03)[53][54]
Tyler Ford21Boca Raton, Florida4th eliminatedJune 26, 2012 (2012-06-26)[55][56]
Dani Shay23Orlando, Florida3rd eliminatedJune 12, 2012 (2012-06-12)[57][58]
Taryn Douglas22Detroit, Michigan2nd eliminatedJune 12, 2012 (2012-06-12)[59][60]
Maxfield Camp22Nashville, Tennessee1st eliminatedJune 5, 2012 (2012-06-05)[61][62]


Contender progress[edit]


 IN   The contender was not at risk of elimination.
 WIN  The contender won the homework assignment and was not at risk of elimination.
 W/R  The contender won the homework assignment but was at risk of being eliminated.
 RISK  The contender sang for Ryan and was immediately safe.
 RISK  The contender was at risk of being eliminated.
 OUT  The contender was eliminated.
 W/O  The contender won the homework assignment but was eliminated.
 QUIT  The contender quit the competition.
 WINNER  The contender won a 7-episode arc on Glee.
 RUNNER-UP  The contender was crowned a runner-up.

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