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.
That being said, I think everyone can identify with a Britney. I’d like to think that I’m “Sometimes” Britney, while Ryan [Murphy] is definitely “Toxic” Britney and Zach [Woodlee] is “Oops!…I Did It Again” Britney. Which Britney do you think you are? [Laughs.] That’s amazing! You know what? I’ve never been a fan, and I’ve never been a hater. I’m just kind of indifferent when it comes to Britney. But I didn’t mind being “Baby One More Time” Britney.
1. Lea Michele doesn’t understand him! “It’s been a pretty smooth ride with my accent, but there is one person who doesn’t quite understand me. I don’t know if she does this on purpose, but it’s pretty funny. Lea literally, after everything I say, will look at me like I have three heads. She just does not understand anything I say. It’s very funny. I think I have to repeat everything twice to Lea. Other than that, it’s been pretty smooth, which I totally didn’t expect.”