August 01, 2011 03:33 PM by Veronica Dudo
Sexuality was the theme for the contenders who performed “Like A Virgin” and were paired up to shoot a music video for Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” in last night’s episode of The Glee Project. With only six of the original twelve participants left, Alex Newell, Cameron Mitchell, Damian McGinty Jr., Hannah McIalwain, Lindsay Pearce, and Samuel Larsen; did their best to sing, dance and act in the video. But last night there was a huge twist–instead of being voted off, Mitchell voluntarily chose to go home! Find out why he made the shocking decision.
From Fort Worth, Texas Mitchell struggled during the show when it came to being asked to do certain things during the video shoots such as having to kiss his fellow female contenders. The 21 year old explained that he was Christian and had certain boundaries. Glee creator Ryan Murphy told Mitchell that there wouldn’t be anymore pressure for him, yet he still chose to leave the show.
Your beliefs played a major part in The Glee Project; did you ever think that would be a factor in you leaving the show?
Going into it I always knew obviously that I did have strong beliefs. I had strong convictions and I knew there were going to be moments and times where that was going to be tested but I thought everything would be ok. But, as I went through the show and the weeks passed and the things like the kissing thing happened I knew I was going to stand firm in my beliefs no matter what so in the end it definitely was a decision because of what I believe in and how I want to portray myself and the lines that I want to draw.
Why did you still decide to leave the competition even after Ryan Murphy said they would respect your boundaries?
That was an incredibly tough decision in those moments. I had been away from home for a long time and obviously it was really emotional and stressful and I was tired and I was just drained. When Ryan came down and talked to me I had no idea he was going to say that–that’s pretty cool that he would stick up for me he hasn’t done that for anybody else, I thought that was really special and I feel like now me and Ryan have a very mutual respect for each other and I think when he came down to talk to me I had already made up my mind and I was like, ‘Can you let me leave?’ and he was like, ‘No, I should make that decision for you’ and I was like ok and I go downstairs and he meets me down there and at that point after I had already shared that and my heart and how I felt about it; even though he supported me and that meant the world to me I didn’t really feel like it was fair for me to talk about how I didn’t want to be there and I think there’s something else out there for me maybe this isn’t for me. Well, what if I said yes and Damian went home? That would have just broken my heart and I feel like they wouldn’t have deserved that if I wasn’t fully into making it on Glee. I guess that ‘s why–I wanted to stick by my convictions, I wanted to stick by my beliefs and even though they were willing to stand with my convictions, they were willing to respect them which means the absolute world to me; I still felt like it was time because then it didn’t necessarily have to do with I just don’t want to kiss this girl, it was more of well, I’ve loved this, I’ve loved every second I’ve been on the show but at the same time, I think it’s time to go; time to let them move on for the rest of the five and for me to find something. I realized it was time for me to move on not in a bitter way or not in a oh man I hate Glee or I don’t want to be an actor or I don’t like Ryan–it was just more of I felt like it was time.
You got the opportunity to perform one of your original songs on the show. What do you like to write songs about and where do you see your song-writing skills taking you?
I love to write songs, honestly, it sounds terrible–it sounds like everybody–but honestly it’s usually about a girl, it just always ends up that way. I don’t know how to write about anything else. I can write a song about being mad at my parents but it normally doesn’t work out, but if it’s about a girl it’s beautiful. I would love to be on a music label one day and I know everyone thinks I wasn’t a very good actor on the show and honestly I wasn’t but I would love to continue to do acting. I would love to learn and be more comfortable with it because one day I would love to end up on Glee. Maybe right now just wasn’t the time but I would love to be able to still work with Ryan Murphy and still work with everybody–I would absolutely love that.
Who do you want to win the competition?
I love Damian, he’s like a brother and Hannah is like my sister but honestly every single one of them is incredibly talented all five that are left are so incredibly talented and anyone that wins is going to desrve it because they’ve worked so incredibly hard but I told Damian, ‘You owe me, you owe me big!’ (Laughs).
What’s next in your immediate future?
My plans for the next few weeks in the short term: music has always been my first love and it’s like song writing and making music and playing the guitar and I definitely think that’s going to be my focus for right now. I’m not opposed to acting I want to be able to act and one day that might happen for me. For right now, music is kind of tugging at me; I’m writing everyday in a basement it’s my little studio and it’s kind of what I’m doing right now. I don’t really have something mapped out right now and that’s what I’m going to work on and try and figure out because I know there’s going to be something out there for me it’s going to be a matter of when and where and I just know it’s going to work out. For right now I have songs on iTunes, YouTube and I’m just going to push that and continue to get my name out there and see where it goes from there.
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