Just saw the choosing the top 14 show.
I'm sure some will think me cynical and negative, but imho several of these kids have been chosen solely to give credence to the "Glee supports the underdog and embraces everyone" theme or to give Ryan + Co. ideas for season 4. Once their value has been tapped, they're fodder.
Here are my first impressions. See if you agree. . .
Tyler, 21 - Biracial, Jewish, and transgender (Interesting back story for the feel good angle, grating voice.)
Mario, 24 - African American, legally blind (Decent voice, worthy back story, not sure this will take him all the way)
Charlie, 22 - Suffers from low-spectrum autism. (OK voice, looks a little too much like Finn, edited as a fav, but I don't think he'll be here very long - gut feeling.)
Blake, 19 - Young industry hopeful from LA, supports himself as (I am not making this up) a parrot salesman. (boyishly cute, decent voice, could go far)
Abraham, 24 - Gave up going to law school to try the entertainment industry, "relates better to women than men," which I think translates as "gay." Asian-American, cute stripe of Manic Panic red hair. (asian gay vibe going for him, looks good on screen, energetic, sings pretty well, not sure on this kid)
Michael, 18 - Professional blues player, hails from Chicago. (Cute. Decent voice. Ryan already wants to casting couch this young lad to test him out as the Freshman Finn Jr.)
Maxfield, 22 - Country singer, ex-jock, wears a promise ring. (good looks, rich voice, glee wants country angle, and again with the virginity/religion thing, acting/dancing?. . .toss up on this guy)
Dani, 23 - ex-Mormon who looks like Justin Bieber. (Sid the butch girl bieber thing AGT, good singer, has the out and proud back story, not trusting that her on screen persona is all that though.)
Nellie, 19 - a coffeehouse performer in the vein of Joan Osborne and Tracey Chapman. (deeper voice, good sound quality, doesn't seem to be that great in the acting dept., interesting though.)
Aylin, 19 - Muslim girl from a traditional family, who are not too keen on their daughter trying to make it as a performer. (Ryan already commented on liking her back story, pretty good voice, interesting look, may make it)
Lily Mae, 18 - A great big fat person. (strong voice, big with energy and a bubbly on screen personality, liking her chances)
Shanna, 21 - Alabama native, otherwise seems a little nondescript. Strong voice and has the country thing going for her)
Taryn, 22 - Bio describes her as "a talented arielist." (Not entirely sure why she was chosen yet - other than the diversity angle, maybe a reveal coming)
Ali, 24 - Graduate of NYU, confined to a wheelchair. (Wheelchair skills Zach will milk for choreo- grating voice)