Smooches and Tears Dominate the Most Intense ‘Glee Project’ Yet

'The Glee Project' (Photo: Oxygen)

'The Glee Project' (Photo: Oxygen)

Finally! After weeks of letting acting skills take the backseat to singing and dancing on “The Glee Project,” Ryan Murphy uttered the words we’ve been waiting to hear: “Kids that don’t act don’t get on the show.”

Sure, the vulnerability week required everyone to expose deeper layers of themselves, but their emotional work was based on real experiences from their own lives. This week’s theme was the made-up word “pairability,” and with that came made-up couples that had to project fictional chemistry while singing duets, both in the homework assignment and the video challenge.

And you can’t have acting without a little drama.

We’ve seen kissing be a big deal on the show before. Ellis’s first-kiss moment on a crowded music video set led to catty chatter and verbal sniping amongst the contenders. This week, smooches were used as a strategic commodity and even caused a bit of soul searching as not one but four contenders puckered up for the camera.

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It started when homework assignment winner Marissa was directed by Erik White to surprise duet partner Samuel with a kiss at the end of their video. The lip action induced gasps and giggles from the other contenders who were watching the playback monitors off set. Sam and Marissa’s chemistry and video were well received by the mentors, which Lindsay interpreted as an invitation to “step up” her game by laying one on her partner Cameron during their shoot.

Cut to Cameron’s look of shock and horror the second White’s camera stopped rolling. Now, not only did Marissa declare that her kiss with Sam had lost impact, but Cameron felt that he had been forced to cheat on his girlfriend. His mom tried to talk him down on the phone, but Christian guilt continued to weigh on his heart. (Murphy was initially turned off by Cameron’s fretful attitude, but he ultimately found the idea of writing a Christian boy character onto “Glee” to be alluring, which may have been Cameron’s saving grace.)

The surprises continued as mentors Robert and Zach announced that the bottom three this week would be the bottom three pairs, meaning everyone but Sam and Marissa had to perform in the last chance rounds for Murphy and Co.

Alex and Hannah displayed infectious buddy chemistry in their performance, which seemed to leave them both safe. Murphy was also tickled at hearing that Alex did his video routine in drag, though it was unclear if that was Alex’s choice.

Sidebar: If it wasn’t Alex’s suggestion that he go all RuPaul for the video, a little finger-wagging might be appropriately directed at the producers for saddling the gay kid with such an overt stereotype to portray, when they neglected to break that barrier in the Rocky Horror episode of Glee.

Back to the last-chance rounds. Alex wasn’t so safe after all, once Matheus (prodded by his partner Damian) confessed to Murphy that Alex had delivered several diva-tastic blows to Matheus’s self-esteem. (That’s a stereotype Alex is engulfing himself with all on his own.) Confidence issues aside, Matheus and Damian had to sweat through Murphy stating that their performance began as “the biggest train wreck we’ve seen.”

When it was their turn, Lindsay’s cheerful belting outshone Cameron’s… well, Cameron-like twitchy charm. Murphy quickly dismissed “team players” Lindsay and Hannah from the bottom, leaving the four boys, all repeat offenders in the last chance rounds. Damian was next to be saved.

As the bottom three awaited the posting of the callback list, Matheus broke down in tears as he yelled at Alex for blaming him for being in such a vulnerable position. Alex didn’t deny that he felt it was Matheus’s fault that he could be going home.

So it was in an already emotional state that Matheus received the news that he had been cut. Murphy seemed to think that even though Matheus’s struggles for self-confidence were unfairly provoked, his inability to produce a leading-man swagger was cause for dismissal.

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