The Glee Project Finale: Ryan Murphy Becomes Oprah

Okay, okay, maybe I’ve been too hard on this guy, but as a loyal GLEE fan, can you blame me?!?  Ryan Murphy’s priorities may have shifted from the behind the scenes drama of GLEE to his new FX series, American Horror Story, but he’ll always be the show runner of chaosFirst, a quick recap of the finale.
The final four–Lindsay, Damian, Samuel, and Alex– get their homework assignment, “Glee-ality” (original, huh?) and they finally get to perform the song that started it all for GLEE over two years ago, “Don’t Stop Believin’.  When the finalists see that Murphy himself is their guest mentor, they get right to it.  As Damian starts to sing the first line, Murphy stops him and asks everyone if they have worked on any choreography, they looked puzzled, then the tells them he thinks they need a little help.  No, not from a big GLEE star, but from their fellow rejected competitors, even Cameron the quitter.  So after a rousing rendition of the Journey classic, the final four are told they will be shooting a video for the Pink song, “Raise Your Glass” and the video will co-star all of those other competitors, but feature the final four vocally and individually.  So the final four record their vocals for the video with Samuel lacking in energy.  
After the video shoot, the final four are told they get to pick their own songs for last chance performances, this time in front of the usual folks (Ryan, co-creator Ian Brennan, choreographer Zach Woodlee, vocal coach Nikki Anders, and casting director Robert Ulrich) and in front of their fellow competitors and GLEE mentors from the season (Darren Criss, Dot Jones, Ashley Fink, Jenna Ushkovitz, Max Adler, Harry Shum Jr, but NOT Mark Salling, Kevin McHale, or Idina Menzel).  I still think it’s kind of cheap one of the big stars from the show never made an appearance, maybe next season.  
All right, to the final performances:
First, Lindsay sang “Gimme Gimme” from the musical, Thoroughly Modern Mille, a song I’d never heard before.  She was good, probably the best she’s been all season, but I could not stand she went with her crocheted hat, Bohemian look.  Next, Damian takes on the old Bobby Darin swinger, “Beyond the Sea” (he dedicated it to Hannah and Cameron, awwwe!), I’ve always had a soft spot for Damian, he’s never been the strongest overall performer, but he’s always given 110 percent and then some.  I thought Samuel’s take on Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” was the most understated of the the performances; the audience was a little stunned after seeing two show stoppers.  But he stayed true to himself.  Last, but never least, Alex came out in drag! to perform “I’m Changing” from the musical Dreamgirls; ah, I loved it!  The panel was taken aback and fascinated.  
After taking a few notes from the audience, the panel deliberated and really, I had no idea who was going to win; I was still hopeful Lindsay wouldn’t win.  And I got my wish!  Murphy first eliminated Alex–WHAT?–I was devastated, then he eliminated Lindsay–YES!  So we we were left with Sam and Damian.  Murphy tells Sam he wins; the crowd goes wild, there’s a smattering of confetti, but wait!  Murphy directs his attention to Damian and he tells him he also has won!  Both Samuel and Damian will get seven episode arcs on season 3 of GLEE, unbelievable.  Is it over???  No!  Murphy tells both Alex and Lindsay they will also be on GLEE, but for only two episodes…not too shabby!
I mean, how did this not happen:
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