"Glee" is going to write the late Cory Monteith’s character Finn Hudson out of the show in the third episode of the show’s upcoming Season 5, Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly announced at the Television Critics Association 2013 Summer Press Tour. Reilly also revealed that "Glee" is unlikely to continue past the show’s next two seasons.
Heading into Tuesday night’s episode, there are only five contenders left: Blake, Aylin, Aly, Lily and Michael. What do you think each hopeful can offer “Glee?”
As we’re going through the process, for Robert [Ulrich], Nikki [Anders] and I, nurturing them has always been the goal. They all deserve to be on the scripted show, and they all could be on the show. It’s bittersweet looking back at the whole competition, but these five all have the drive. They all want it, and they all have the talent. It’s going to be about seeing who can put it over the edge.
Lily: What Lily has going for her is her absolute, unabashed bold self, and that will take you pretty far. Ryan [Murphy] loves a diva! He loves a strong opinion, and that’s what Lily has, and I think that has not only helped her in this competition, but it’s also helped her in her life. Lily’s story is, “Look at me. I’m beautiful, and I’m a big girl who can do it all.” She has a lot of self-confidence.
Michael: Michael is so interesting! Did they even say on the show that his mother sent him a care package with calculus books? He loves math! It’s really charming. I don’t think they’ve shown enough of his quirks. Ryan at one point, compared Michael and Blake, and it’s funny because I tried early on to pair those guys up and see who was stronger than the other. In the “Dance-Ability" episode, I intentionally put those two next to each other. I thought that one of them would shine and one of them would fail, but then they turned out to be the best two people there! I think Michael is the underdog. He’s one of the least experienced, but his ability to pick things up quickly is what got him this far. Every week, he gets better and better.