Ten contestants were asked to adapt on tonight’s episode of “The Glee Project.” Nine did so. Fortunately for Tacoma singer Nellie Veitenheimer she was one of them.
Tonight’s theme was adaptability. The homework assignment was Alanis Morissette’s “You Oughta Know” and the guest mentor was Kevin McHale who plays Artie on “Glee.”
The cast was given lines to sing but when McHale appeared he informed them they would all be singing the song as a solo. It’s all part of the adaptability theme which apparently translated into “we’re going to spring everything on you at the last minute.”
Veitenheimer’s performance stood out but the winner was Aylin.
The music video was “Price Tag” by Jessie J. Continuing the theme the cast had no prep before the video shoot. Perhaps the producers need to read the Americans with Disabilities Act or spend a week in a wheelchair. Then, they might have a better definition of “adaptability.”
Just when I thought Veitenheimer had turned a corner in her acting she regressed into her old habits.
“I have to push myself out of my comfort zone,” Veitenheimer said of her acting. Her hesitancy did not go unnoticed by the show’s casting director and choreographer.
The choreographer told Veitenheimer that the camera loves her when she’s singing but apparently she’s not fitting in with the ensemble acting. “When you get inside of the group your choices are not up to par,” he said. She needs to stand out more.
This week, instead of picking a bottom three, the bottom six performed duets. Veitenheimer was one of them and her partner was Blake. They performed Foreigner’s “Waiting for a Girl Like You” for “Glee” creator and producer Ryan Murphy.
The show’s creative team praised Veitenheimer’s and Blake’s performance and put them on the callback list. Blake’s singing during the whole show seemed flat. But that was good for Veitenheimer because it really demonstrated her strengths.
“That was an opera,” Murphy said to the pair. But, “Both of you need to be more aggressive,” he added.
In the end it was Mario, the blind contestant, who got the ax.
Next week’s theme is fearlessness.