Sunday, August 21, 2011
The Glee Project Jumps The Shark
I've been watching this show all season and, although there have been some annoyances, I've enjoyed it. But tonight, "The Glee Project" jumped the shark in its very first season finale.
Seeing as how I'm writing this so quickly after it ended on the East Coast, I will give you a fair warning: SPOILER ALERT! Why has it jumped the shark? Read on after the jump to find out.
Okay, a little lower...
...a little more...
...annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnd done. After not eliminating anyone last week, the Final Three became the Final Four. And after the group performances (which included all the finalists previously eliminated, including that dumb religious kid who quit because he can't pretend-kiss a girl without feeling guilty and crying to mommy), the final four gave their last solo performances. The audience included all the finalists, the guest mentors and other "Glee" people on the show all season. At the end, "Glee" co-creator Ryan Murphy told both Alex and Lindsay that they did not win. Neither would receive the prize, a contract for a seven-episode arc on "Glee." That left Damian and Samuel. Murphy praised them both, then announced: "Samuel, you are the winner of 'The Glee Project.'" Sam goes nuts. Everyone cheers.
Then Murphy praises Damian, who says that he came so close, but congratulated Sam. Ryan Murphy then tells Damian, "You are also the winner of 'The Glee Project.'" Damian goes nuts. Everyone cheers. Yep, they both won.
But wait! There's more!
Ryan Murphy then tells Alex and Lindsay that they were so good that he decided to give them something too: each would appear in a two-episode arc on "Glee." Now everyone's going nuts and cheering.
That's right, boys and girls, all four of them will be on "Glee." THEY ALL WON. NOBODY LOST.
Every week we hear RuPaul explain that "RuPaul's Drag U, just like life, is a competition." Obviously "The Glee Project" isn't. Perhaps, in the inclusive spirit of "Glee," some might find this appropriate. I don't. It's stupid to hold a contest and then declare everyone a winner. Not that I had a particular favorite, but if you invest a season in a show expecting someone to win and there's a tie, it's a cheat. And this? Essentially a four-way tie? Absurd. If Ryan Murphy can't make up his mind, then he shouldn't do a competition show that requires (or should require) a winner.
They've already begun soliciting contestants for season two. I don't plan to be watching.