Kevin McHale rolls with the punches as wheelchair-bound Artie on 'Glee.' His character is the embodiment of adaptability, which was the theme on tonight's (July 3) episode of 'The Glee Project.' It made perfect sense that McHale was the mentor on a tough episode where the hopefuls were given little-to-no prep time and were hit with tons of surprises.

Upon meeting the new crew, McHale shared what life is like on the set of the show. The contestants are, after all, vying for roles on the smash hit series and they need to think on their happy feet.

He said, "Every day is different. You show up and think it's going to be something and then it completely changes."

McHale threw them a serious curve ball for the homework assignment, which was a performance of the hellion anthem 'You Oughta Know' by Alanis Morissette. "You've been preparing this as a group but you will be doing it solo," McHale said. "You each have to sing the song by yourself."

It was a true sink or swim moment, with the perky and quirky Aylin ended up doing a backstroke and winning the assignment and ultimately a featured part in the music vid, which was for Jessie J's 'Price Tag.'

During the one-on-one with Aylin, McHale reminded her to be confident and to never lose sight of the meaning in the songs. "It's about the heart and emotion," he said. "At the end of the day, I remember what the song is about."

And that's why 'Glee' has been so successful as an entity.