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Nellie Veitenheimer discusses her exit from ‘The Glee Project’

Post by Craig Sailor / The News Tribune on July 18, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
July 19, 2012 4:20 pm

UPDATE: Veitenheimer will be opening Saturday’s air show at Joint Base Lewis-McChord by singing the national anthem. On Friday she’s going up for a ride with the Thunderbirds. A day after Tacoma singer Nellie Veitenheimer was dropped from the “The Glee Project” the newly-minted reality show star was back in Tacoma wrapping up her life and getting ready for a permanent move to Los Angeles next week. Until her debut on the Oxygen Network’s show the 20-year-old was working at a Starbucks near Pacific Lutheran University and singing in a band. Now, she’s headed to Tinseltown for a career in music or acting. Or both. “I don’t know which direction I’m going to take myself in,” Veitenheimer said in a phone interview on Wednesday. “I know I want to sing. I don’t know which will get all my attention.” “The Glee Project” pits 14 contestants against each other in weekly singing, acting and dancing challenges. The winner will appear on the hit Fox-TV show “Glee” for seven episodes next season. One of the “bottom three” contestants who perform the poorest is eliminated at the end of each episode. Veitenheimer was the seventh to leave the show. It didn’t come as a surprise, she said. “I always thought to myself if I ended up in the bottom three again I’d go home,” Veitenheimer said. In addition she had been getting the same message from the producers since the show began: “You need to change something or you’re going to go home.” While Veitenheimer was routinely praised for her strong vocal performances she was also criticized for her hesitancy when acting was called for. Veitenheimer said the hybrid character development on “The Glee Project” flummoxed her. Contestants had to demonstrate their true personalities while simultaneously becoming the characters called for in each song or music video. “It was a fine line from being yourself and being a character.” On Tuesday’s night’s episode she portrayed Britney Spears in a music video. Veitenheimer said the show truly represents both the contestants and the backstage drama. “I think everyone’s portrayal is pretty accurate.” Though she was paired with fellow contestant Blake Jenner in videos Veitenheimer squashed rumors that she was romantically linked to him. Many speculate that he will be the ultimate winner. Veitenheimer said the show has boosted her confidence in her skills and she’s ready for the next step in her career. “I’m ready to get my feet on the ground.” Most of her fellow cast members are making the move to LA as well, Veitenheimer said. She will be living with two of her fellow contestants, Abraham Lim and Tyler Ford until she finds something permanent. Veitenheimer wouldn’t divulge if she’ll return to “The Glee Project” before the season ends though it seems likely based on last season’s format.

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