The Glee Project

by Christene

SEASON 1 - Performers competed for a multi-episode guest-starring role on Season 3 of Glee.

Season 1 of The Glee Project

The Glee Project premiered June 12th at 9/8c on the Oxygen channel. To see if you have the cable network, and the channel number you can enter your ZIP code in the search field on the O Homepage. If you don't get the channel you will be able to watch episodes of The Glee Project online.

Glee's executive producers, Ryan Murphy and Dante Di Loreto, along with Glee's casting director, Robert Ulrich, are working on this new Reality Series. About 34,000 people submitted an audition video via MySpace, and they were narrowed down to 12 finalists. Those 12 contestants (age 18-22) were competing to get a part on FOX's prime time hit show.  Each week there was a theme, a homework assignment, and a mystery guest from the actual Glee cast. The 2 winners were awarded a 7 episode guest starring role on Season 3 of Glee. 2 Runners up were awarded 2 episode arcs.

If you've not seen Glee before, it's a musical comedy revolving around the lives of Lima, Ohio highschool students who are in their schools Glee Club, New Directions.

The Contenders

  • Alex Newell: Age 18 from Lynn, Massachusetts
  • Bryce Vine: Age 22 from Westlake Village, California
  • Cameron Mitchell: Age 21 from Fort Worth, Texas
  • Damian McGinty: Age 18 from Derry City, Northern Ireland
  • Ellis Wylie: Age 19 from Grayslake, Illinios
  • Emily Vasquez: Age 22  from New York, New York
  • Hannah Mclalwain: Age 19  from Charlotte North Carolina
  • Lindsay Pearce: Age 19  from Modesto, California
  • Marissa von Bleicken: Age 19  from New York, New York
  • Matheus Fernandes: Age 20  from Atlanta, Georgia
  • McKynleigh Abraham: Age 19  from Paducah Kentucky
  • Samuel Larsen: Age 19 from Los Angeles, California

A Peek into The Glee Project


Darren Criss (who plays Blaine on Glee) was one of the first mentors helping the contestants along with Robert Ulrich, Nikki Anders and Zach Woodlee. Nikki will be helping with their vocals, and Zach will be working on their dance skills.

Idina Menzel was the guest mentor for the kids' second week. Idina played the character Shelby Corcoran on Glee, and is best know for her Broadway performances in shows like Wicked and Rent.

Dot Jones was the guest mentor for week 3. Dot is Shannon Beiste on Glee, the coach of the McKinley Titans football team.

Harry Shum, Jr. was the guest mentor for week 4. Harry plays Mike Chang, and was the first member of New Directions to appear on the Glee Project.

Darren Criss was back again in week 5 for the pairability episode.

Max Adler, who plays Dave Karofsky on Glee, was the mentor for the 6th week.

Week 7 brought two mentors, Mark Salling, Glee's Noah "Puck" Puckerman, and Ashley Fink, who plays his girlfriend Lauren Zizes.

Jenna Ushkowitz, Tina Cohen-Chang on Glee, was the mentor for week 8.

Kevin McHale (Artie Abrams) was the mentor for the 9th week.

Ryan Murphy was the final mentor during week 10.

Not Called Back

Kids who've left the show.

Week 1 "Individuality" : Bryce Vine

Week 2 "Theatricality" : Ellis Wylie

Week 3 "Vulnerability" : Emily Vasquez

Week 4 "Dance Ability" : McKynleigh Abraham

Week 5 "Pairability" : Matheus Fernandes

Week 6 "Tenacity" : Marissa von Bleicken

Week 7 "Sexuality" : Cameron Mitchell

Week 8 "Believability" : Hannah Mclalwain

Week 9 "Generosity" : (No elimination)

Week 10 "Glee-ality" : (No elimination)

The Results!


Samuel Larsen
Damian McGinty

Runners Up:

Alex Newell
Lindsay Pearce

Lindsay was the first to make an appearance in Season 3! Her character's name is Harmony.

Damian's character, Rory Flanagan, made his entrance on November 1st.

Alex got to play Wade Adams, whose alter ego was named Unique, in 3 episodes.

Samuel's character, Joe Hart, is a Christian who had been homeschooled until his sophmore year of high school.

Glee Project Buzz

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Glee Live on Stage

Can't get enough of Glee?

The second Glee summer tour stars Lea Michele (Rachel), Cory Monteith (Finn), Amber Riley (Mercedes), Chris Colfer (Kurt), Kevin McHale (Artie), Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina), Mark Salling (Puck), Dianna Agron (Quinn), Naya Rivera (Santana), Heather Morris (Brittany), Harry Shum, Jr. (Mike), Chord Overstreet (Sam) and Darren Criss (Blaine).

You can purchase tickets for Glee Live at TicketNetwork.

Stock up on t-shirts and gear from your favorite show to wear to the concert!

Music from Glee

Volume 1 - 6 CDs
Updated: 11/18/2014, Christene
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pkmcr on 06/05/2011

Great introduction to the Project. I must admit I didn't want to get caught up in liking the music but there is something about it isn't there!

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