Kentucky girl McKynleigh Abraham gave her most animated performance during the last-chance round on Sunday’s episode of “The Glee Project.” After she sang, “Glee” god Ryan Murphy said she brought it and that “she keeps getting better.”
Then he sent her home.
But McKynleigh’s elimination wasn’t such a shocker – at least, not to her. “I honestly didn’t feel like I had saved myself,” she said in a conference call Monday.
She explained that the pair of contenders she was up against – Alex and Matheus – had been excelling in the competition so far (both had won homework assignments). Of the three, she felt she “was lagging behind the most, and so I knew that even if I did do a really good job on my last-chance performance… they were going to take into account the whole time that I’d been there in comparison to the other people that were in the Bottom Three.”
McKynleigh’s persistent struggle with capturing her audience was a challenge she thinks she’d approach differently if given another opportunity. “It was a difficult note that I was continuously given, you know, that I wasn’t connecting to the camera,” admitted the stage veteran. At the time she felt that the problems the mentors were seeing couldn’t be fixed in a week. She said if she could go back, “I would try harder… to understand what they wanted from me instead of just taking it as an automatic defeat.”
She may have anticipated her exit from the competition, but her experience on the show wasn’t without surprises, particularly the kind of revelations that tend to come to light only when reality TV participants watch their series along with the rest of the country.
“I was surprised by two things that happened on the show Sunday night. I was surprised by Alex… saying that he had basically thrown the homework challenge,” McKynleigh confided. “I always knew that Alex was kind of the diva, but I didn’t think he was that arrogant.”
She was also thrown by the conflict involving Samuel, whom she said was her closest friend in the cast. “His little thing where he took Hannah’s word ‘skidoosh’ during the rap…. I thought that he had given her credit for coming up with what it was that he said, but he didn’t,” she said with a chuckle. “Um, he definitely kind of accepted it as his own.”
Next up for McKynleigh is a transfer to Northern Kentucky University to study performing arts. She wants to keep honing her performance skills while learning the technical side of show business.
“I’m not going to stop my singing career and performing…. This isn’t the end of the road for me, I’m sure,” she said with an air of determination that was rarely captured on the show. “I won’t let it be.”