The Glee Project results July 31: Auburn University alum Shanna Henderson eliminated

ssorich@ledger-enquirer.comJuly 31, 2012 


After being viewed as a front-runner in the competition for weeks, Auburn University alum Shanna Henderson was eliminated from "The Glee Project" Tuesday night. Five singers remain in the competition.

Yes, I'm still shocked.

I had some concerns after learning this week's theme was "romanticality." Remember, Shanna struggled during Sexuality Week -- but still avoided the bottom three that time around.

Shanna's troubles on Tuesday's episode began during the homework assignment, when she and quirky Michael played a couple during a group performance of "More Than Words." Mentor Darren Criss criticized them for lacking personality during the challenge, which Blake won.

Shanna hoped to turn her luck around during the music video, a "Breakfast Club" concept set to Rihanna's "We Found Love." In the video, Shanna and fellow contestant Aylin played a same-sex couple.

It didn't work out too well. They were criticized for making the whole thing look too choreographed and bubbly.

Shanna landed in the bottom three with Blake and Aylin. Michael was strangely absent. More on that later.

In her bottom three performance, Aylin sounded great on "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" but she forgot a good chunk of the words. Blake remembered the words to "Losing My Religion" but wasn't too exciting on stage.

Shanna tackled Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger" with mixed results. On the plus side, that girl can belt. On the negative side, the lyrics were a jumbled mess of gobbledegook.

In an exchange with the judges after her performance, Shanna admitted she thought Michael should have been in the bottom three. "Glee" head honcho Ryan Murphy expressed some concern about what kind of character Shanna would play if she was chosen to appear on the show. She said she'd like to be an athletic singer who's involved in lots of activities. He didn't seem too sold on the idea.

And then, she was gone.

"I fought to be here this entire time," Shanna said. "I'm going to keep on going toward my dreams."

Did I mention this was her first trip to the bottom three?

Let me know if you're a little outraged, too.

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