Only six contenders remain: four girls and two guys. They are all relieved that there are only two weeks left of the competition, but no one is more relieved than me. Michael notes that everything is just a little bit more high stakes now, and he doesn’t want to be cocky, but he’s really proud of how far he’s come. What an *******, right? And he wants to beat Blake.
Over the last couple weeks, Michael has become just a hair obsessed with Blake. Beating him, besting him, keeping pace with him. It’s all getting a little weird, how often he talks about Blake. Maybe Michael’s tunnel vision is helping him, though, the way my strategy of picking a cute guy and keeping pace with him during the weekly “fun run” helped me in seventh grade. Just a few steps behind… always stay just a few steps behind. Right, Michael?
This week’s theme is another made up word: “Romanticality.” Robert tells the contestants that Glee‘s iconic relationships are one of the “most popular elements” of the show. Fans will cling to whatever they can and whatever remains constant, Robert. He tells the contestants that this week, their charge is to create “convincing romantic chemistry.” Everyone, including Michael, looks longingly at Blake.
“I have a crush on Blake,” Lily says, ever the aggressor, “I think everyone has a crush on Blake.” Basically there’s competition for scarce resources. This should be a good week for Aylin, though, who is very “flirtatious,” or as we would have called it back in my day, “slutty.” Their homework is “More Than Words” by Extreme, and Nuno Bettencourt, the guitar player and songwriter, will be there himself to accompany them. I guess he didn’t have anything better to do. Also, what the hell kind of name is Nuno Bettencourt?