Tim Stack
June 27, 2011 AT 09:42 PM EDT

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SPOILER ALERT! If you have not seen last night’s Glee Project: the judges sent home 22 year-old Emily Vasquez after a challenge centered around “Vulnerability.” Each contestant had to reveal something about themselves and New York native Vasquez said that she had been “used” by music producers in the industry. She says that she watched the episode in advance with her parents to prep them for the emotional hour. “I had a breakdown because I was with my family and the reality of my vulnerability,” says Vasquez. “I’m like, What I have I done? I had to. I think it was a good message for young girls especially because there are a lot of sharks out there.” EW talked to Vasquez about the competition and what’s next for the hopeful star. 

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How was your family’s reaction when you finally showed them the episode?

EMILY VASQUEZ: My mom started crying and my dad was upset. To them, it’s like, ‘How can you put yourself out there and you gave a great performance?’ To them, it wasn’t fair. My mother had a little breakdown. I’m trying to hold it back now because I had a little one too yesterday. They’re proud of me. You have to learn this whole new song in a couple of hours. I did what I could and I’d rather give too much than not give at all.

Have you heard from viewers of the show in regards to what you revealed?

Yeah I was really nervous. There are a lot of haters out there so I was nervous that they were going to think that I was sleeping my way around. I give the flirty thing, but it’s all a fun act. That’s not what happened. But I’m getting a lot of great responses and comments. Most of the people are being really supportive of me and that’s awesome.

Looking back on the experience overall, was it fun?

It was fun. Of course I clicked with some people more than others. Definitely I’ve had fun, but I’ve been trying for so long so my head was definitely in the game the whole time. I made friends along with it but I really had my eye on the prize.

How hard was it to film the “Mad World” video? You seemed to be laughing it off, which was one of Zach’s criticisms.

It was hard for me, because I hide what I really feel through my jokes and my laughter. C’mon, wearing a sign like that and knowing that my family is going to see was really hard for me, so I was just trying to protect myself because I didn’t wanna have a complete emotional breakdown. That’s all it was.

Were you surprised you were voted off after Ryan Murphy gave you such great feedback on your song?

Isn’t that crazy?! [Laughs] I honestly just went out there and I was like, “I’m just gonna give my little drag queen persona and just kill the song.” It’s about acting — that’s the thing. You’re telling a story. You’re not just trying to stand there and sing pretty. I was so happy that he liked it.

I kinda knew that I was going to be sent home. They gave Cameron two chances and Damian, who can say no to the Irish accent. Of course a little piece of me was like, maybe I’m wrong.

What’s next for you?

My next step is I’m working with these producers who did the song “Damaged” by Danity Kane. So we’re putting out my single actually today or tomorrow. It’s really cute. It’s a pop song called “Slow Motion.” I’m working on my recording stuff because I really wanna be a recording artist and do music videos and go on tour. I think it’d be cute to do a reality show of me on tour and like the scandals I get into in every city [laughs].

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