The Glee Project has been cast! Today, April 29, Oxygen revealed the 12 contenders for a much-coveted seven-episode guest arc in Glee Season 3.
The 10-episode series, from Glee creator Ryan Murphy and executive producer Dante Di Loreto, trains 12 triple threats as they compete for a guest spot on the hit Fox show. Basically, one of these performers is destined to be the next Darren Criss (Blaine)!
Casting director Robert Ulrich gushed, “Each and every one of these kids has what it takes to be a star. I was captivated by their passion and charisma, and I know viewers will be too.” At the end of each episode, Murphy and Glee choreographer Zach Woodlee join Ulrich to determine who gets cut.
The bonus? Throughout the first season of this reality spin-off, Glee regulars will appear on the show as guest mentors. Appropriately, Darren is the first to make a cameo, dishing advice to the hopefuls in the series premiere.
Without further ado, meet the 12 talented kids who want to make it big on Glee: From back to front — Fourth row (L-R): Damian, Bryce, Samuel; Third row (L-R): Alex, Emily, Lindsay, Hannah, Cameron; Second row (L-R): McKynleigh, Ellis, Matheus; First row: Marissa
Hometown: Derry City, Northern Ireland
Claim to fame: Damian has been part of the Irish vocal group Celtic Thunder since age 14.
Hometown: Westlake Village, CA
Claim to fame: Bryce has been performing ever since he picked up an acoustic guitar and taught himself to play at age 13. He is a voice major at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he writes songs and sings jazz, rap, pop, punk, reggae, and gospel.
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Claim to fame: Samuel is the lead singer in his band, and he also plays guitar, drums, bass, and piano.
Hometown: Lynn, MA
Claim to fame: Alex lost his father to cancer at the age of 6, and his love for acting and singing has helped him 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 the ability to tackle any lead role — male or female!
Hometown: New York, NY
Claim to fame: Emily has been performing for 11 years, both in off-Broadway shows and in Las Vegas. She attended LaGuardia High School — New York City’s Fame school. She has her eye on the prize and will do whatever it takes to win.
Hometown: Modesto, CA
Claim to fame: Lindsay has been performing in amateur shows for 13 years. Deaf for the first six months of her life, she has a keen appreciation for her ear for music.
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Claim to fame: Hannah has been performing in amateur shows for six years. Beyond singing, Hannah raps under the alias “Rogue.”
Hometown: Fort Worth, TX
Claim to fame: Cameron is a natural musician who, up until six months ago, had never taken a single lesson. This Beatles lover has been performing in amateur shows for four years.
Hometown: Paducah, KY
Claim to fame: McKynleigh has been performing in amateur shows for 13 years — and she surprises people with her talent for singing country music. Growing up home-schooled, she always wanted to be in show choir but never had the chance.
Hometown: Grayslake, IL
Claim to fame: Ellis has been performing in amateur shows for four years. Always the outcast in high school, Ellis used musical theater to find friends and express herself.
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Claim to fame: Originally from Brazil, Matheus moved to the United States eight years ago to consult with American 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 many challenges.
Hometown: New York, NY
Claim to fame: Marissa has been performing in commercials and shows on both an amateur and professional level for over 12 years. This native New Yorker is an artist in every sense of the word — skilled in singing, acting, dancing, drawing, and design.