Despite promising to stay “just friends,” Charlie and Aylin’s romance heated up this week. I guess she just couldn’t resist the Cory Montieth look-alike. In this episode we saw them not only hold hands and kiss, but duke it out in front of Ryan Murphy this week.
The homework assignment was “Now That We Found Love,” which they performed for Jane Lynch. I totally didn’t see this song choice coming and I thought the performance was fabulous. They made me laugh my head off the entire time. Lily won the homework assignment, and Aylin was a disappointed close second.
The video assignment was a “Hit Me With Your Best Shot/One Way or Another” mash-up, with an added slushie fight in bathing suits. This had Nellie shaking in her boots, though she did really well in the recording studio. During the video shoot, she faced some confidence issues with her body unlike Lily, who rocked it. The contestants had slushies thrown at them while sitting on a bench, which the mentors were going to let Ali exempt out of, but she insisted on participating. The video also took advantage of Nellie and Blake’s chemistry, and an underwater scene. I think these unique elements are what saved the performance from being lackluster in comparison to the Glee performance of the same mash-up. The guy in the beginning was totally a Rick The Stick look-alike. The real Rick actually knows how to throw a slushie.
Though Michael was lectured along with the bottom three, Charlie, Aylin, and Nellie were assigned “It’s Not Unusual,” “Take a Bow,” and “If I Were a Boy” as last chance performances. I expected to hate Aylin’s performance, because I’ve never particularly like this song, even when Rihanna did it. By the time she finished though, I was stunned. I think she gave Lea Michele, who performed it better than Ri-Ri in my book, a run for her money. Ryan Murphy told her that she was performing for him because he expected more from her as someone who represents so many young women that go unmentioned on television. I have to agree. I love her backstory and most of you know, that’s how I pick my favorite contestants on the show.
Nellie was asked to perform for the mentors because of her uneasiness this week. I think any belt-out number of Beyonce’s is absolutely impossible to pull off, but she did OK. Yeah, just OK. Even though her song was the only one that hasn’t been done on Glee, hers was my least favorite performance and I thought she’d be going home. She’s incredibly vanilla, with no back story or stage presence. However, she was safe this week.
I thought Charlie’s performance of another Glee-peat was amusing, especially the way he personalized the song. However, there was no “Carlton,” which Darren Criss flaunted during his performance, so Charlie left the stage still in his shadow. His is another back story that I’ve fallen in love with, as mental illness on television is usually portrayed by children and adults, but never teenagers. Sadly, he wasn’t called back and had to leave his new sweetheart.