Wednesday, July 18, 2012

THE GLEE PROJECT Eliminates 6th Contender as Grant Gustin Mentors

More than half way through the competition, the remaining eight contenders stepped it up during this week’s all-new episode of Oxygen’s THE GLEE PROJECT. One of GLEE's newest stars, Grant Gustin (Sebastian Smythe) came to the classroom as guest mentor for “Theatricality” week. Having started his career in musical theater, Grant shared his stage experiences and spoke to how they helped shape his career as an on-camera actor.

During last night’s episode, the group performed “I Hope I Get It” from the musical “A Chorus Line” for the homework assignment.  The contenders then headed to the supermarket for a very elaborate and theatrical music video performance of “When I Grow Up” by The Pussycat Dolls. After being given a specific pop-icon to embody for the video, certain performers shined such as Ali as Katy Perry, Shanna as Lady Gaga and Aylin as Madonna.  However, others found it difficult to step into character including Lily Mae as Cyndi Lauper, Abraham as David Bowie and Nellie as Britney Spears.

After taking on Melissa Etheridge’s “I’m The Only One” during her last chance performance for Ryan Murphy, Nellie Veitenheimer (19) of Tacoma, Washington was not called back. Nellie grew tremendously throughout her time on THE GLEE PROJECT as she faced Ryan Murphy multiple times and performed one of the most sincere last chance performances, Foreigner’s “I’ve Been Waiting For a Girl Like You” with Blake Jenner during “Adaptability” week. In the end, Nellie struggled with displaying her confidence in the large group numbers and was sent home.

Nellie has been performing for eight years and aside from singing, can play the piano and guitar. She writes her own original songs and has a strong love for the arts. In addition, Nellie holds a passion for photography and is currently a member of a local swing band in her town. She was discovered for THE GLEE PROJECT through an online video submission.

Next week on Tuesday, July 24th at 10 p.m. ET/PT, one of the leading ladies of GLEE, Amber Riley (Mercedes Jones), joins the contenders for “Tenacity” week where they perform “Survivor” by Destiny’s Child.

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