‘The Glee Project’ premiere review: Lea Michele picks her early favorite

Who stood out to you?

We said it at the end of last season, and we’ll say it again now — “The Glee Project” may actually be as good of a show as “Glee” itself, and there were moments during the season 2 premiere that even rose above what we saw from the flagship Fox series this year. The cast is pretty diverse and largely interesting — even if there is no one in the group just yet that has us begging for them to be on the show.

With that being said, we do love the sort of enthusiasm that Mario (the show’s only blind contestant) has for the competition, and is unafraid to do choreography or anything else in order to stand out. Meanwhile, there’s no question that Shanna is a vocal powerhouse that could make it really far this season. She won the homework assignment challenge early in the show (a group cover of Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way”), and carried that success into the latter part of the episode.

With there being so many contestants this season (14!), it was difficult to even tell who was standing out during the group performance of “Here I Go Again on My Own” by Whitesnake. Shanna ended up winning yet again for giving a great performance overall, and it also put a massive target on her back moving forward.

The bottom three contestants were Aylin, Tyler, and Maxfield, and they each brought something different to their Last Chance Performances:

Aylin – After disappearing for most of the episode, the “spitfire” (as the show was keen to describe her) really ended up rocking in front of Ryan Murphy to her cover of David Guetta’s “Without You.”

Tyler – Like Ryan, we’re a bit perplexed about Tyler. He’s not as good of a singer as some of the other people on this season, and he’s also not the best dancer. Does he have an interesting story thanks to him being transgender? Definitely, but he needs to find a way to channel his story more into his performances and not let his confidence waver.

Maxfield – On paper, Maxfield is great. He is a soulful country singer who really is still trying to find his voice, and it also helps him that there really is no one on “Glee” who has an affinity for this sort of music. (Yes, Sam did sing “Red Solo Cup” — but only once.)

We would have sent Tyler packing based on these performances, but Murphy operates under a different sort of criteria — he bases who he wants to keep on who he can write for, not necessarily who is the best. He couldn’t find a connection to Maxfield, and with that the only country star was sent packing.

What did you think about this premiere, and who is your early favorite to win this season based on what we have seen?

Photo: Oxygen

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