June 12, 2011 08:57 PM by Veronica Dudo
The Glee Project profiles the journey of 12 hopefuls whose lives could change forever as they all vie for the grand prize–their very own role on FOX’s hit series Glee. Keep reading to find out who will stay in the competition and who is leaving!
Ever since Glee debuted on FOX, fans have followed the lives of a group of teenage students as they navigate through the often difficult halls of high school–with a song and dance here and there. Now, the new reality competition, The Glee Project features 12 participants who all want to win their own guest-starring role on Glee.
Alex has been performing since he was a toddler and has been performing in amateur shows since high school; Bryce has been performing ever since he picked up an acoustic guitar and taught himself to play at age 13; Cameron is a natural musician who hasn’t taken a music lesson until six months ago and has been performing in amateur shows for four years; Damian who tours with the Irish vocal group the Celtic Thunder and has been performing with them since he was 14 years old; Ellis who has been performing in amateur shows for four years; Emily who has been performing for 11 years both in off-Broadway shows and in Las Vegas; Hannah who has been performing in amateur shows for six years; Lindsay who has been performing in amateur shows for 13 years; Marissa who has been performing in commercials and shows on both an amateur and professional level for over 12 years; Matheus who is originally from Brazil and moved to the United States eight years ago; McKynleigh who has been performing in amateur shows for 13 years; and Samuel who is a musician at heart, the lead singer in his band and also plays the guitar, drums, bass and piano.
The show has three mentors, Robert Ulrich, the casting director for both The Glee Project and Glee; Zach Woodlee, one of the most sought after choreographers in the entertainment industry who also works as the choreographer on Glee; and Nikki Anders, a veteran in the music industry who was a recording artist, producer, and currently is the vocalist and vocal arranger and songwriter for Glee.
Each week, the three mentors work with the contenders on singing, dancing and acting. In tonight’s episode, the 12 contestants work with Nikki singing Katy Perry’s “Firework” and learning choreography from Zach.
Along with Robert, Glee actor Darren Criss makes a guest appearance offering tips and advice for the hopefuls. After learning the steps and the song it’s time to shoot a music video together. Each participant sings a line and is featured in a close-up reflecting their personality.
After reviewing all of their work, the mentors select the bottom three contestants who have one last shot at their dreams. The three contenders have to do last chance performances for Glee’s creator, Ryan Murphy. The three participants are Bryce, Damian and Ellis. After performing songs chosen for them, Robert along with Ryan and Zach deliberate. Many things are weighed such as what type of character Ryan would write for the bottom three, how strong their vocal chords are and how well they dance. After much consideration, a “Called Back” list is posted by Robert. One by one the contestants in the bottom three walk up to look at the sheet of paper. Bryce is the last one and has a dissappointing look on his face when he realizes her is not called back.
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