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‘Glee Project’ recap: Veitenheimer gets slushed and almost flushed

Post by Craig Sailor / The News Tribune on July 10, 2012 at 11:09 pm |
July 11, 2012 10:38 am

Nellie and Blake in the music video (John Kubicek/Oxygen)
The contestants on “The Glee Project” got hit with a double whammy tonight: Slushies and Jane Lynch.

The theme for this week was fearlessness. The homework assignment was “Now That We Found Love” by Heavy D & the Boyz.

This being “The Glee Project” we couldn’t get two minutes in without hearing from Aylin about how she’s a flirt and a conservative Muslim.

“I do not know this song,” Tacoma’s Nellie Veitenheimer said as Nervous Nellie slowly began to appear again. “I continue to get feedback that I lack energy. I’m going to feel as uncomfortable as I possibly could.”

The kids practically wet their shorts when Lynch walked on set. I don’t blame them. I would too. She is a goddess among actors.

Veitenheimer messed up the lines in her part. But it really didn’t stand out amidst the horrible rapping. Rapping should be banned on this show.

“I felt like you receded because you felt silly,” Lynch told Veitenheinmer after the performance.

Veitenheimer is not in denial about her shortcomings.

“I need to be more energetic because clearly I’m not doing enough,” Veitenheimer said during a confessional. Later, during a costume fitting, she said, “I’m not comfortable with my body.”

It’s clear that the producers have taken an interest in Veitenheimer. They are really playing up the Nervous Nellie incidents. There also seems to be an implied romance between her and Blake in the music videos. Whether there is one or not I can’t tell.

The music video was a mash-up between “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” by Pat Benatar and “One Way or Another” by Blondie.

Veitenheimer’s task was to make a sexy exit from a swimming pool for Blake but even that was just too much for her. “I am not excited,” she said. She was clearly not rising to the week’s thematic challenge.

“It was obvious this week was clearly challenging to you,” casting director Robert Ulrich told Veitenheimer. “You did fight through your fear and anxiety,” choreographer Zach Woodlee told her but said the video director had to shoot more takes on her than anyone else.

Veitenheimer ended up in the bottom three along with Aylin and her annoying boy toy Charlie.

Veitenheimer’s last chance performance was Beyonce’s “If I Were A Boy.”

“What the hell is wrong with this girl? Does she not know she’s a star?” co-creator Ryan Murphy asked Veitenheimer rhetorically. The jury sent Veitenheimer a strong message: If she survives this episode she needs to dump the Nervous Nellie routine or pack her bags for Tacoma.

Tacoma can rest easy tonight. In the end it was Charlie that got dumped. Bonus: We got rid of the treacly romance between he and Aylin.

And how do we celebrate Veitenheimer’s survival? Why have a slushie, of course. Actually, a Slurpee. A free Slurpee. Wednesday is 7/11 and 7-Eleven is celebrating with Free Slurpee Day.

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