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Tacoma singer gets vulnerable with ‘Glee’s’ Cory Monteith

Post by Craig Sailor / The News Tribune on June 19, 2012 at 11:01 pm with No Comments »
June 20, 2012 7:18 pm

Read my interview with Nellie Veitenheimer here.


“Glee” cast member Cory Monteith was this week’s mentor on “The Glee Project” and the recipient of his one-on-one session was Tacoma singer Nellie Veitenheimer.

Tonight’s theme was vulnerability and the cast’s homework assignment was Kelly Clarkson’s “My Life Would Suck Without You.” Veitenheimer’s performance on the song won her the session with Monteith and the lead in this week’s music video.

Monteith plays the always vulnerable Finn Hudson on “Glee.”

Continuing on the vulnerability theme the cast performed REM’s “Everybody Hurts” as the episode’s music video.

Nellie Veitenheimer (Oxygen Network)
Veitenheimer wasn’t in the first call back group – not because of her singing (which was praised) – but because of her acting. She admitted that she has trouble being vulnerable (ironically.) “I don’t ever want to make a fool of myself,” she said. Hopefully, she learned from this episode that an actor needs to get over that – and fast – if they want to succeed.

Blake was named the winner of this week’s music video challenge. With his voice, made-for-TV looks and acting ability I wouldn’t be surprised if he is the ultimate winner.

Bullying was the official theme of the video. Crying was the unofficial theme of the episode. Contestants broke into tears so often I couldn’t tell whether it was real or just more acting.

Perhaps because one contestant left last week under her own volition producer Ryan Murphy decided not to eliminate anyone in this episode. Though after watching contestant Mario’s lyric hogging, arguing with the vocal producer, his mimicry of Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s “Somewhere over the Rainbow,” his berating his fellow contestants and his crocodile tears during his last chance performance…well, Murphy might want to rethink that strategy.

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