Robert Ulrich Robert Ulrich

So you know how Glee became a roaring mess in its second season? Well, The Glee Project has one upped the very show that spawned it by becoming just as tragic in only a handful of episodes. That's pretty impressive, in a massively disappointing way.

Usually the horror is all about enduring the drama queens and unstable Mabels vying for a seven-episode spot during Glee's third season. Blathering on like their every overwrought observation about talent and fame actually makes them somehow interesting, these uniformly bland wannabes are more adept at working our nerves than working it. Last night, however, things took an entirely exploitative twist as the producers put them through a challenge to expose their vulnerabilities. Suddenly, we had the kids confessing everything from sexual abuse to anorexia to racial shame — all serious issues — for nothing more than a shot at being showcased in a music video. Not for, you know, a chance to heal or maybe get some professional help. No, for a solo.

It was gross. And seeing Glee's executive producer Ryan Murphy drop in at the end to self-congratulate himself on what "he can write to" and then tell the bottom contestants how they basically aren't good enough only made things more stomach-turning. How is this celebrating anything? Where is the glee?!

Have you been following The Glee Project? What's your opinion?

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