In my professional life, I have managed a contest or two. Lawyers deflated the creative bubble every time. Compromises had to be made for the contests to meet rules and regulations for most of the world. Announcing the winners should have been a career high. The first death threat I received turned it into a career low. Where had all the gracious losers gone?
So I watched The Glee Project with fascination as competition rules were arbitrarily changed. I followed the online comments and held my breath waiting for the competition to implode. The worst never happened, the rules changed and the creators of Glee drew upon the wisdom of Solomon and the juggernaut that is Glee to award the grand prize to not one, but two, contestants.
Adding two additional, unadvertised, and totally surprising runner-up prizes delighted me. I can’t wait to see the 2-parter written for Alex. I am not anticipating Lindsay’s 2 story arc – she was the least likeable of the final four – and not in an amusing Rachel Berry way either.
Damian McGinty epitomized gracious loser. What aplomb from an 18-year-old, as he congratulated Samuel, acknowledging his own disappointment. Then Ryan Murphy announced Damian, too, had won, and boom – teenage delight. Congratulations, Mr and Mrs McGinty – you raised a fine young man.
My faith has been restored.