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'The Glee Project': 'Tenacity' recap

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We're already down to just seven contenders on The Glee Project - you really notice it when you watch the mega-slowed-down title sequence. Anyway, the most important thing is the theme of this week, "Tenacity". And the homework assignment, of course, which is La Roux's 'Bulletproof'.

But how are the contenders feeling? Cameron thinks he was on edge last week because of the Lindsay-kiss debacle, while Hannah is excited because tenacity is all about attitude. Well, she thinks it is. She actually asks for a dictionary to figure out what it means.

Anyway, it's soon time for the homework performance, and the special guest this week is the ace Max Adler. Max explains that he knows about tenacity because he's been turned down lots of times in the business, while Robert points out that Karofsky was originally a two-line part. The group start singing, but then Max tells them to stop! (Am I being cynical if I think this itself was a pre-arranged exercise in tenacity?) He tells them to take more risks and put more energy into it - which, in my eyes, kind of turned into overacting and shouty singing. Still, Max seemed impressed and announces the winner - Marissa! This is the second week in a row she's won, so understandably she's pretty pleased. But what exactly will the big group number be? Well, it's a mash-up - 'Ice, Ice Baby' and 'Under Pressure'. But there's more... the group is going to get some difficult choreography, and, better yet, it's slushee time! Some of them are thrilled - Lindsay calls it a Glee initiation while Hannah says it's about time. I think I'd be more in line with Alex, who admits he is a "nervous wreck".

In choreography practice, the contestants get involved in some difficult dancing. Samuel's struggling, Alex thinks it's challenging, and Hannah admits that it's not as easy for her as it is for other people. When choreographer Brooke has left, Damian leads the group in another practice, but points out that the only person who isn't joining in is Alex, who he says has a "lazy attitude". Then it's time for vocals with Nikki. Seriously, does Nikki terrify anyone else? She's not too impressed with a bunch of the contestants either - Hannah finds her rap difficult, Samuel's struggling to get feeling into his lines, and Marissa makes the deadly mistake of admitting that she didn't practise one of her parts as much as the other bits. Don't admit that, girl!

After all that, it's finally time for the video shoot. Everyone's feeling under pressure (see what I did there?), considering that they have tough choreography and are about to feel the cold wrath of the slushee. Marissa, at least, has had some preparation - she got slusheed in her one-on-one session with Max. Speaking of Max, he seems to really enjoy throwing slushees at people... Anyway, Robert and Zach are a bit surprised at Marissa, because while she's fine, she's "less electric" than normal. Probably because she's freezing. Samuel does really well, as do Damian and Lindsay. Hannah's not too shabby either, and jokes that actually she ended up just eating the slushee. But Alex apparently "checks out" and doesn't apply himself, while Cameron is just a mess - he's the only contestant who forces a cut when he can't go on after being slusheed. That's not too professional, is it? I do like Cameron, but my support for him has been wavering in the last couple of weeks. Anyone else feel like that?

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After we get to see the video, it's all about who's going to be in the bottom three. It's the first time the decision wasn't unanimous, too. Straight through to next week are Samuel, Damian and Lindsay. Alex is told he'll have to perform again because he disconnected a bit, and Marissa will also have to sing for Ryan Murphy because she was less dynamic than normal (and didn't rehearse all of her lines. I knew it was a mistake to reveal that). Finally, it's down to Hannah and Cameron. Eventually, Hannah's told that she's safe, because even though she found the rap and choreography challenging, at least she kept going. Robert explains that Marissa, Cameron and Alex will be performing their audition songs - Alex gets 'And I'm Tellin' You', Marissa is handed 'Hate On Me', and Cameron gets to sing his original song 'Love Can Wait'.

Nikki goes to see the trio while they're rehearsing. Cameron's thrilled he gets to perform his own song (which seems perhaps a little unfair on the other two?) Alex is scared out of his mind - and is planning to perform in drag - while Marissa starts to cry and suggests that The Glee Project is the only place she fits in. It's time for the last chance performances, though, and Alex is first up. Seriously, do they have to keep introducing themselves? Ryan knows who most of them are now! Anyway, Alex belts out 'And I'm Tellin' You', and Ryan loves it - Alex definitely knows how to push his buttons. He leaves the stage to a lot of praise. Next up is Marissa, who performs well. However, Ryan says that though her talent is indisputable, she needs to be a bit more in control. Finally, Cameron takes to the stage and Ryan likes his performance, but points out that he needs to be able to keep going during takes - he can't break character when he's hit with a slushee, for example.

During the deliberations, Alex seems pretty sure that he's going because he can't improve on the judges' criticisms like the other two can. Cameron, on the other hand, thinks he's being sent home because Alex and Marissa won't be. Marissa, meanwhile, thinks she'll be OK (oh dear, don't tempt fate!) Finally, Robert pins up the callback list and goes to tell the group. Who's going home? Marissa. Hang on, what? Marissa? Was it just me that was totally thrown by that? I guess I can see the judges' reasons, but I didn't think she'd be the one going home. Marissa, of course, is very gracious about it and says the competition has taught her to face her fears and take risks. "I'm a completely different person, now," she adds.

I think I'm backing Samuel now. How about you? Next week: sexuality. Oh, the possibilities...

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