by Kelly Bedard
Chris Colfer stepped up to the plate and delivered an uneven season one home safely. Darren Criss pulled season two back from the brink of absurdity. Since we know we can't rely on Ryan Murphy to do it, who is going to save Glee's third season? Sunday night gave us that answer.
The Glee Project was the best thing to happen to Glee since Dot-Marie Jones. It renewed my love of the show while tiding me over until the new season. It gave a behind-the-scenes look into the world of Glee by introducing us to such warm and well-intentioned personnel as choreographer Zach Woodlee and casting director Robert Ulrich and showed us the real people behind less-famous but just-as-beloved characters like Lauren, Tina, Mike, Artie and Karofsky (my favourite, the adorble Max Adler), not to mention Beist (Jones) and Blaine (Criss). But more than anything, the genius of The Glee Project is that it psyched up the viewers to root for the newbies, even after the breakout stars move on (by that I mean just Kurt, I don't know anyone who actually cares about Rachel and Finn).
|Superb mentors (Ashley "Zizes" Fink and Max "Karofsky" Adler) |
and Damian's BFF Cameron react to his dedication of
"Beyond the Sea" to Cameron and Hannah.
But none of that will make a huge difference. It will make a difference, no doubt, having new characters, younger characters, to move the focus off of the more worn out New Directions members. But none of them will be what Glee really needs- someone to root for. Hopefully the new writers will shape up the show a bit (here, here Marti Noxon!), but what Glee needs is someone whose side we're on, who we really care about no matter what idiotic adventures Murphy and his directionless flunkies lay out. There's one guy who's got a real shot at being the beating heart future of Glee and that's Glee Project co-winner Damian McGinty.
I still think that accent will prove an obstacle since the safety-net subtitles won't be an option but the sweet-voiced Irishman can smile and no will care that they didn't understand what he said. The other winner, Samuel, has 63 615 facebook fans. Damian? 146 086 at last count. I'm not even convinced the show got that many people tuning each week, but somehow Damian won that many hearts from a summer reality show on Oxygen- imagine what he'll do with a primetime Fox hit!