Last night, The Glee Project said goodbye to McKynleigh Abraham, the 19-year-old from Paduca, Ky. After struggling through the “Danceability” challenge, McKynleigh was sent home despite a blockbuster performance of Carrie Underwood’s “Last Name.”
“I did watch it last night,” says Abrahams. “It was weird. It was kind of like being eliminated all over again, seriously. I got to sing one of my favorite songs. I was really excited about the ‘U Can’t Touch This’ music video. Surprisingly, it was definitely an episode I was looking forward to most.” EW talked to McKynleigh about the show and whether or not she thinks Alex is a diva.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: The biggest note from Zach and Robert was that you weren’t emoting enough for the camera. Did you understand the note?
McKYNLEIGH ABRAHAM: I understood I might not have been emoting to the camera. I have been doing stage work for almost 14/15 years. It made sense for me to have an issue doing that especially because I’ve never done anything in front of a camera before. It was frustrating because I felt like there was something I wasn’t doing I could do. Now I know if I try film stuff in the future then I’ll know what to work on.
It really felt like you delivered on “Last Name.” Was it sad that it didn’t save you?
Honestly, when I found out who was in the bottom three with me and I found out what songs they had I thought, “Wow, this is going to be a tough bottom three.” When I performed it, I was kind of in the mindset that if I do really well on this song [and] if I do go home, then at least I show them that I can take a note. I don’t know who all is watching the show. I don’t know how many people saw that performance. I don’t know how many opportunities I’ll get from that. It was weird but after I sang the song, I was like “I’m okay if I go home because I know I did the best that I could and I know I’m going out with a bang.”
How difficult would you rank this episode with the other challenges?
I would rank this as one of the more difficult challenges. It’s not just “danceability” — it’s having the attitude of the character that you’re supposed to be playing while you’re dancing. I think Zach said it on the show last night that I knew how to dance but it just was that I wasn’t connecting with the character.
There was a lot of talk about how arrogant Alex was. What’s your take?
Honestly, a lot of things surprised me last night. I remember hearing people talking about how Alex said this one thing in the boys dorm but I wasn’t in there so I had no idea. So watching it last night I was definitely shocked. I never thought he was too arrogant. I guess I was one of those people who just accepted him as someone who would help with dances and stuff like that. Then when I saw him kinda say he threw the homework challenge so that someone else could win it, I was kinda like, “Huh. Okay. That’s not cool.” [Laughs] It caught me off guard and surprised me a lot.
Did you feel like you made good friends with the other contestants?
Oh I definitely bonded with the other contestants. I was closest with Bryce before he got eliminated. Then when he got eliminated, Sam and I became really close. So out of everybody in the show, it was Bryce and Sam I was the closest with. I Skype Bryce all the time and Sam and I talk and we text.
Did you hear from anyone after last night’s ep?
I did. I heard from Lindsey and Hanna. They posted on my Facebook wall and told me I thought I did really well on the Last Chance performance and all that.
What’s next for you?
I’m focusing on school because I’m going to school for performing arts. I’m going to Northern Kentucky University. It’s right outside Cincinnati. I’m going there next month. So we’ll just see how that goes.
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