‘The Glee Project’ interview: Michael Weisman, Lily Mae Harrington speak out

Before we made it to the finale on “The Glee Project” season 2, Ryan Murphy decided to make a surprising decision — eliminating both Michael Weisman and Lily Mae Harrington, and thus leaving us with a final three this season of Blake Jenner, Ali Stroker, and Aylin Bayramoglu rather than a final four like we saw last season.

So what did these two each have to say about their time spent on the show? We had a chance to speak with each one of them during a conference call Wednesday, and got their thoughts on everything from conflicting feedback to some dream characters if they had made it onto the show.

Cartermatt.com – Michael, you seem like you had one of your better weeks on the show this time around, and you totally killed it in the music video. What do you think happened to cause you to leave?

Michael – It is shocking when you don’t see your name on the callback list. I think Lily Mae would agree with me that it’s not something that you try to expect. I’m very proud of the way that the video turned out, and I couldn’t be happier with my performance. It kind of came down to the last chance performance, and the writers saw more promising characters in Blake, Ali, and Aylin, and I don’t blame them for that … it’s not the worst thing in the world, and I got really far and I’m proud of myself for that.

Lily Mae, it seems like you would perform in front of Ryan, and every week he would tell you that he was looking for something different. Was this frustrating, since it felt like you got more conflicting feedback than anyone on this season.

Lily Mae – Last chance performance times are always interesting. Ryan Murphy really pushed me in every way possible — as a performer, physically, emotionally. I started out at callbacks for him at a really high level, and at the beginning of the competition I didn’t deliver exactly what they wanted. I think they were still expecting that level of performance, and I think I freaked out a little bit at the start of the competition. It’s a hard transition … but I just tried to take what he threw at me and tackled it as best as I could.

I’m sure you guys each thought about this on the show, but do you have any ideas what sort of characters you would want to play on ‘Glee’?

Michael – It definitely changes all the times, and I definitely know that Ryan and the writers could come up with a character who is far better. I’d love to play a character who is really into school, takes grades seriously, and is a closet intellectual, but plays up being rebellious and finds his home in New Directions where he can express himself fully.

Lily Mae – For me, it changes every time I’m asked that question because I think of new ideas every day … Recently, somebody suggested to me Sue Sylvester’s ‘no fatties’ rule on the Cheerios team. Maybe I’d love to tackle her ‘no fatties’ rule and be on the Cheerios. We’ll see.  (Laughs.)

Were you surprised to see both Michael and Lily Mae leaving, and who are you rooting for now to win the whole competition? We want to hear from you below! To check out our review of Tuesday night’s new episode, be sure and pay a visit to our story here.

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