May 02, 2011 12:30 PM by Candace Young
After holding their open casting call, Oxygen network has finally announced the names of the twelve contenders who will compete for the chance to do a seven episode run on the hit show, Glee. Keep reading to find out more about the new reality series, The Glee Project, and the contestants!
Who will become the new face on the hit series, Glee? The answer to that question will be determined during the new reality competition, The Glee Project, which kicks off on Oxygen on Sunday June 12 at 9:00 PM EST. Being touted as a ‘ground-breaking ten episode competition series’, The Glee Project follows the training of twelve talented individuals, who must compete against one another to win the opportunity to appear in a seven episode arc on Glee.
Over the course of ten weeks, the twelve contestants will be narrowed down through intensive rounds of workshops, dancing, singing, and acting-based assignments as the creative team from Glee watch and assess. Glee creator, Ryan Murphy will join casting director, Robert Ulrich, and choreographer and Glee co-producer, Zach Woodlee in making final decisions each week.
Perhaps most exciting is the announcement that a group of Glee series regulars will make appearances as guest mentors in each episode. Darren Criss, who plays Blaine, will be the guest for the series premiere.
Oxygen lists the contenders in a press release as follows:
Alex, age 18, from Lynn, MA, who has been a performer since he was a toddler, and has been performing in amateur shows since high school. He lost his father to cancer at the age of six and finding his love for acting and singing has helped him find a way to express his emotions. Extracurricular activities such as church choir, school choir, improv club and costume design keep him extremely busy. He has tremendous range and has the ability to tackle any lead role –both male or female! Alex was one of the 34,000 people to submit an audition video for The Glee Project via MySpace.
Bryce, age 22, from Westlake Village, CA, who has been performing ever since he picked up an acoustic guitar and taught himself to play at age 13. In his junior year of high school, he discovered the theatre department and for the first time in his life felt comfortable in his own skin. At 15, while vacationing in the Bahamas, Bryce dove headfirst into a coral reef, splitting open his head and breaking his neck. For the next seven months he lived in a neck brace unsure of whether he would walk again. Currently, Bryce attends Berklee College of Music in Boston where he is a Voice major with a scholarship. He sings jazz, rap, pop, punk, reggae and gospel and is also an accomplished songwriter. Bryce was one of the 34,000 to submit an audition video for The Glee Project via MySpace.
Cameron, age 21, from Fort Worth, TX, who is a natural musician who, up until six months ago, had never taken a single music lesson. He’s been performing in amateur shows for four years. In high school, Cameron was hated by all the guys but loved by all the girls. He grew up loving the Beatles – they inspire him and influence him as a musician and a performer. He originally auditioned for The Glee Project at the Dallas/Fort Worth open casting call.
Damien, age 18, from Derry City, Northern Ireland, who tours with the Irish vocal group Celtic Thunder and has been performing with them since age 14. While he has a lower voice than most male pop singers, Damian is a versatile vocalist who has learned to master many different styles. A native of Ireland, he brings a different cultural mindset than others competing on the show. Damian was discovered through industry channels to audition for The Glee Project.
Matheus, age 20, from Atlanta, GA, who is originally from Brazil and came to the United States to consult doctors about his 4’9″ height. Their conclusion: he is “just short.” Despite not knowing any English, he enrolled in school three days after moving to the States and through the help of his trusty dictionary, mastered the language within months. Music has always been his best companion – helping him get through life’s difficult challenges. Finally overcoming his insecurities, Matheus decided to audition for The Glee Project at the Dallas/Fort Worth open casting call. He proudly proves that being different is never a bad thing.
Samuel, age 19, from Los Angeles, CA, a musician at heart, is not only the lead singer in his band, but he also plays guitar, drums, bass and piano. He’s a hopeless romantic and has a knack for serenading the ladies, often more confident singing to them than actually talking to them. Samuel was one of the 34,000 people to submit an audition video for The Glee Project via MySpace.
Ellis, age 19, from Grayslake, IL, who has been performing in amateur shows for four years. Always the outcast in high school, Ellis used her vocal talents and musical theater to find friends and express herself. Ellis originally auditioned for The Glee Project at the Chicago open casting call.
Hannah, age 20, from Charlotte, NC, who has been performing in amateur shows for six years. Even though she sometimes feels self-conscious about her weight, she uses her sense of humor and exuberance to overcome any negative feelings she has about her appearance. Besides her talent for singing, Hannah can also rap (under the alias Rogue), which illustrates her sincere quirkiness and positive attitude. Hannah originally auditioned for The Glee Project at the Dallas/Fort Worth open casting call.
Lindsay, age 19, from Modesto, CA, who has been performing in amateur shows for 13 years. Deaf for the first six months of her life, she especially appreciates her ear for music more than ever. She hasn’t always been accepted as a performer, but she continues to work hard, accept who she is and allow her inner-beauty to shine. Lindsay was discovered through industry channels to audition for The Glee Project.
Marissa, age 19, from New York, NY, who has been performing in commercials and shows on both an amateur and professional level for over 12 years. She is a native New Yorker with a colorful bohemian style. She is an artist in every sense of the word: skilled in singing, acting, dancing, drawing and design. Marissa was one of the 34,000 people to submit an audition video for The Glee Project via MySpace.
McKynleigh, age 19, Paducah, KY, who has been performing in amateur shows for 13 years. As a biracial musician, she surprises people when they discover her strength is singing country music. Growing up home-schooled, she always wanted to be in show choir but never had the chance. McKynleigh originally auditioned for The Glee Project at the Chicago open casting call.
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