June 21, 2011 02:52 PM by Veronica Dudo
The Glee Project on Oxygen took 12 unknowns and gave them the chance to compete for their own role on FOX’s hit series Glee. Each week the participants are given homework assignments to complete with the help of mentors before Glee creator Ryan Murphy selects who will stay and who will go home. Keep reading to find out what this week’s eliminated contestant, Ellis Wylie has to say about her time on the show!
Ellis has been performing in amateur shows for four years. She was always the outcast in high school but used her vocal talents and musical theater to find friends and express herself. This week, the contestants’ theatricality was tested. Singer-actress Idina Menzel was the guest mentor and watched the participants perform their homework project, Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance.” Idina liked the routine and told the remaining 11 what she thought really worked. She selected Alex as the winner of this homework assignment which got him a special one-on-one practice session with her.
After shooting, performing, and singing Twisted Sister’s metal anthem, “We’re Not Gonna Take It,” Lindsay and Ellis exchanged words which left Ellis upset and crying. Ellis said that Lindsay constantly picks on her but Lindsay said she has only been trying to help.
Robert along with Zach selects Matheus, McKynleigh and Ellis as the bottom three. They now have a last chance performance for Ryan Murphy. Ellis was given the song, “Mack the Knife” to sing for the judges. They felt that all three did a good job singing but chose Ellis to go home.
How were you feeling leading up to your stage kiss during the “We’re Not Gonna Take It” video shoot?
I was really nervous (laughs) because I was worried I was going to screw it up and drool all over this kids face or something terrible but the director Eric White didn’t really let me know too much beforehand that this was going to happen first he was just like, ‘push this kid off stage’ then it was something like, ‘why don’t you try kissing him right now,’ and I was like, ‘oh, ok.’ It was nerve raking but it was a lot of fun–great memory. I get to say all my friends were cheering in the corner and that was fun.
If you could go back and do The Glee Project all over again, what would you change this time?
I would be a lot more guarded about who I am and how I approach things. It never really occurred to me that I had to play the game. The whole idea of The Glee Project going in was that you should be yourself and prove that you yourself are right for Glee and I just never understood that I had to be strategic and it just went right over my head. I was very naive so if I could go back I’d like to just keep my wits about me and my head on my shoulders and think about things a little more.
What would you say was your most memorable moment on the show?
That’s hard. Getting on the show was pretty memorable, I kind of fell out of my chair (laughs) but that whole kiss scene was memorable because the rest of the contenders didn’t know that was going to happen because no one had told them and I didn’t know until about five seconds beforehand so I look over and they were all just cheering and screaming and that meant a lot to me that they were supportive.
You got to sing “Mack the Knife” in this episode for the last chance performance. You did a great job and Ryan Murphy said he always wanted someone to sing jazz on Glee but then you were sent home–did you feel misled?
I think so, I think I did but at the same time when I got “Mack the Knife” I knew I would do well. I was very proud of my performance and they liked it but I think that was part of the problem, Ryan was very cordial and very complimentary and said he liked me and he could write for me when only five days prior he said that he didn’t think he could write for me at all so I was very scared and I thought that was a bad omen.
Do you know what’s next for you in your music career?
No, I have no idea what’s next! I got a lot of things I want to do so I’m just going to see what happens first but I’m going to go to school at Columbia College in Chicago in the fall as a performance major and I’m going to try and get some gigs playing in jazz clubs and try and get a demo CD for people to hear and so I’m just going to work my way and try go to either New York or LA at some point and see what happens.
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