On this week’s episode of Oxygen’s The Glee Project, viewers said goodbye to Matheus Fernandes. The 4’9” Atlanta singer was eliminated after a special duet final performance, during which he sang “The Lady is a Tramp” with fellow cast mate Damian. “When it comes down to it, it’s a competition and I struggled — I struggled with the song choices,” admits the 20 year-old. “I’m not used to singing Frank Sinatra. That fits Damian better and I’m happy for him.” EW talked to Matheus about his conflicts with Alex and what’s next.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How did you feel about it? Did you watch it last night?
MATHEUS FERNANDES: I did actually yeah. It’s sad. But to be honest with you, it was a really good experience. I’m thankful for it. When it comes down to it, somebody has to go. It’s something you have to live through but more positive things out of it than negative ones.
You won the first and the third challenges. Were you surprised to be sent home so soon?
Yes and no. I was struggling with some things and some of the stuff that Ryan was asking out of me. Kind of yes and no, man. I was ready for anything. I had already kind of prepared my mindset. During that whole week actually, I was just having a feeling.
Last night, you and Alex really seemed to have issues. What’s your take on him?
I have no problems with him especially now. We’ve kind of mended our ways. Like I said during the show, I really do love Alex. Our personalities just kind of clashed a little bit. It’s sort of his personality and his attitude taken the wrong way, it can seem like a bad thing. He’s a very good guy.
What do you think it was that finally sent you home?
[Ryan Murphy] was always trying to get [me] more confident. I don’t know. Being under the pressure of the competition and everything like that and obviously some of the stuff that was going with Alex and some other people saying things, I don’t know if it was the competition was getting the best of some of them. I kind of showed a little bit of a vulnerable side and I was upset with it.
Do you look back on it as a good experience?
Yeah, I definitely think so. This is gonna open doors for all of us, I hope so at least. There’s always been many No’s, like “You’re too different. The short kid — what’s he going to get?” It’s changed me. Ryan’s criticism, the main concept of it, was kinda right. He told me you have to be more confident and more comfortable in your own skin and who you are as a person. Definitely, I think it was a good thing.
Did you make good friendships with the contenders?
Definitely. They’re like an extended family for me now. I’m in L.A. now and there’s some of them that are out here too.
Who would you say you’re closest too?
I actually got pretty close to Hannah. I got pretty close to Samuel, Damian.
What’s next for you?
I’m definitely going to pursue something in the entertainment industry. Music has always been what I wanted to do. I just want to inspire people. The fanbase I’ve built up I want them to be able to follow my journey and see that’s what this industry is about: you fall and then you pick yourself up and you brush yourself. You just keep going. You get there. You just gotta be positive and go for it.
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