Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Why I Have a Cougar-Crush on @DamianMcGinty

Let me start off by saying that I've never been a Glee fan. It's funny, because as a self-proclaimed child-at-heart, you'd think something like Glee could be right up my alley. To be honest, it's really hard to pin-point exactly why I've never gotten into it. I think it's partially because I never really understood it: if it's for kids, why are some of the themes so adult? Why is it on FOX? Why didn't Finn know that him and Quinn would have actually had to have sex in order for Quinn to get pregnant? Why do all the Glee kids go to the dentist and hallucinate about Britney Spears? Why does the entire Glee Club play in the big football game? Just some of life's unanswered questions...

I didn't buy it. To me, Glee was a cast of characters who were trying to relate to me, but missed. I appreciate the effort and I get what you're going for, but it just didn't work for me. The Glee Project, however, is a different story. I started watching it because there was nothing else on TV on Sunday nights. Then, I watched it again. and again. Before I knew it, I found myself sitting in front of the TV every Sunday night at 9:00 just waiting to see what adorable thing Damian McGinty would do next. He's the guy you want to root for, no matter how many times Ryan Murphy and Nikki Anders tell him he's not the best singer, dancer, or actor (That was way harsh, Tai-- bonus points if you know where that quote is from!). Seriously, I love him, and it's such a problem because I'm almost 23 years old. Here's a look into what Damian has that so many others are missing:

He's humble: So I'm not sure how many of you know this, but Damian has been in an Irish group called Celtic Thunder since he was 14. I don't know a whole lot about it, except that this video is probably the cutest thing I've ever seen. That being said, after winning The Glee Project (YAY!), Damian had to leave Celtic Thunder. To say goodbye to the group and its fans, Damian wrote this blog post. So heartfelt and so sincere, I really just want to give him a hug. "You know, I have a lot of advice, as to how to write this, so I don't upset people, or people won't get angry at me, but I'm just gonna go with my heart on this one, and tell you how I am feeling." Nice choice, Damian.

He has an accent: DUH. In the eyes of American girls, accents trump all (except maybe Boston accents... no offense). The accent is so intriguing and completely sets him apart from any guys we have here in the U.S. The best part is that the accent doesn't really affect his singing voice that much... he still sounds better than 98% of the people I know.

He has quirks: Nobody wants someone who's perfect. Stop saying you do, because I know you're lying. Perfect is BORING. You can't deny that Damian's dancing eyebrows, scrunched singing face, and somewhat awkward performance mannerisms are extraordinarily endearing. It makes me feel better about the fact that my eyes get really squinty when I smile and that I jump every time a bee gets within 5 feet of me. Quirks make us who we are and it's so refreshing to see REAL people on reality shows.

He cares about his friends: Okay, for all you Glee Project fans: how ADORABLE is the Damian/Cameron bromance? Also, how badly do you want Hannah and Damian to get together? You really can't hate on someone who cares so much about his friends. He even dedicated his final Glee Project performance to the two of them. Seriously cute. For your viewing pleasure, here's some CDTV bromance bonus footage:

All this being said, cougars are totally OUT (not that I was ever really a fan of the whole "cougar" craze). Some 18 year-old girl will be VERY lucky to have him. Regardless, I am thrilled that someone so deserving won The Glee Project. In fact, now that Damian (and Samuel, because he's awesome, too) will be on Glee, I might just have to start watching it. I never thought this day would come. Don't stop believing.

Are there any other cougars out there crushing on Damian?


  1. You have to be old enough to be his mother before you're a "cougar." He would love to have an onscreen romance with Dianna Agron, who is 23 or 24. Somehow I doubt he would be offended by your crush.

  2. I don't really think he'd be offended. He knows he's adorable and he knows he's stolen the heart of women of all ages. It's totally harmless. Maybe "cougar" isn't exactly the right word. Does "cradle-robbing" sit better with you?

  3. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmMsXZPylCM&feature=related