Ousted Chord Overstreet Was Too Mainstream for 'Glee'

Cynthia Dermody

Chord Overstreet

So long, Trouty Mouth. That Justin Bieber episode was epic. And we were so looking forward to all the possible hijinks that would have resulted from you maybe being Mercedes' boyfriend next season. But looks like there won't be a next season of Glee for actor Chord Overstreet or his pretty boy character Sam Evans, with news that the show's creator Ryan Murphy did not renew his option to return to the show next fall.

No word as to why yet, but honestly, if someone had to go, he was probably a good choice. He sang pretty well, when they gave him the chance, at least when it came to Bieber songs. Though can't say the same thing about his dancing, and aside from all those lip jokes, what did he really add to the show?  

Glee is all about being different, about outcasts finding a place to where they can feel a little less like freaks -- and if you look at "Sam," he's the poster child for whitebread, typical, mainstream America -- and that is just so anti-Glee.

Blond. Perfect teeth. Gap clothes. Athlete. Surfer boy hair. Straight. Yeah, he's dyslexic, has body image issues, and his parents lost everything and now live in a motel -- but that's practically every kid in America these days. Boring. 

On the other hand, two "guest" characters have been elevated to full-time status on the show. The awesome Darren Criss, who plays Blaine, Kurt's gay love interest, is not only a fantastic singer but helps add conflict and competition, and Harry Shum Jr., who plays Mike, is probably the most amazing dancer I have ever seen, and having more of him on the show was a MUST. My dream is that he and Brittany get together and become this unstoppable dance weapon, crushing all in their path.

Don't worry, Overstreet crushers, "Sam" may appear on the show from time to time as a guest. And by the sounds of a tweet yesterday, Overstreet is already starting to move on from the blow:

"well its been a good yr too bad its over, time for summer and starting fresh"

He says now that the Glee Live tour is wrapping, he's looking forward to going home and getting to work on his album. Change is usually always a good thing if you let it be. Maybe, once he gets alone in a room with his guitar, he will prove us wrong and make all us music fans see he really is different from all the rest.

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