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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - "Glee Project" hopeful Cameron Mitchell ranks right up there - or right down there - with the dumbest contestants in reality/competition show history.
And that's saying something. Something bad.
"The Glee Project," if you've missed it on the Oxygen channel, features a bunch of young people competing to win a guest-star part on "Glee." Every week they have to sing, dance and act; they've been eliminated one-by-one, week-by-week.
Mitchell eliminated himself from the show in the most recent episode because he refused to kiss a girl for a scene on the show Because he has a girlfriend. And because he believed that he would be violating his Christian principles if - as an actor - he kissed a girl other than his girlfriend.
More importantly, did it never dawn on him when the competition began that, as an actor, he might have to kiss a girl?
"Maybe I was a little bit naive in that area, Mitchell understated. "But I talked to my parents and I was, like, obviously, you know, 'Glee,' you know, is sexual. Like, it has those themes in it."
Certainly. "Glee" is not a children's show. And it does have sexual themes. Sunday's episode of "The Glee Project" was about sexuality, as a matter of fact.
But we're talking about Cameron being asked to kiss a girl and declaring it was against his principles. And acting surprised that an actor might have to do that.
"You know, I knew that there was a possibility," Mitchell said. "But when I got down into it, you know, it was a very emotional time. Everything's magnified. It was really challenging and difficult. But, you know, it was just a decision I decided to make."
Well, that clears is up. Not.
He said he doesn't regret his decision "at all."
"You know, in the moment, to some people it might seem like a hasty decision," he understated. "But it was something that I truly felt in my heart. I t was something that really spoke to me.
"And when you make a decision like that, I think it's really hard to regret it. You just have to follow what you believe. And I believe that, you know, when a door closes, another door opens. And it's only going lead to great things. So I don't regret it."
I can't help but think that, two or three girlfriends down the line, a couple of years - maybe a couple of months - from now, Mitchell is going to regret it.