UPDATE: An Oxygen spokesperson tells Wetpaint Entertainment, "What TV Line reported was speculation. The Glee Project has not beencancelled."
"Think you have what it takes to be the next star of Glee? Then you’d better start auditioning in Hollywood just like everyone else. TV Line reports that The Glee Project has been cancelled. There will be no season three this summer, and the show appears to be done for good.
Matt Sersion/Oxygen Media
For the past two summers, thousands of Glee hopefuls from across the country turned out to audition for the Oxygen reality show. The Glee Project has crowned a total of three winners in two seasons —Damian McGinty (Rory), Samuel Larsen (Joe), and Blake Jenner(Ryder) — and all three of them received extended story arcs on Glee. What’s more, an additional three runners-up — Alex Newell (Unique), Lindsay Pearce (Harmony), and Ali Stroker (Betty) — also appeared on the show in a smaller capacity, with Alex’s role later expanded to that of a recurring character.
Sadly, Alex, Blake, Damian, and their co-stars’ dream path of reality TV-to-primetime stardom is no longer open. Sources confirm to TV Line that the show is done for, though it’s worth noting that Oxygen has not officially confirmed the news.
Among the many reasons for ditching the show is the fact that Glee still hasn’t officially been renewed for Season 5... and it might not be renewed at all. Ratings were also a factor. Despite the fact that The Glee Project had a vocal fan following on social media, it only performed moderately well in Oxygen ratings.
Tyler Golden/Oxygen Media
One interesting factor: Auditions for Season 2, which aired in summer 2012, started as early as November 2011. We’re already well into April 2013, and there has been no sign of any auditions so far. When will this year's auditions begin?