Can you believe a major talent like Adam Lambert was rejected by Glee when he first auditioned for a role on the show back in the day? Luckily, Glee has since corrected its error, as Adam makes his debut as Elliott “Starchild” Gilbert on this wee's Season 5, Episode 4: "A Katy or a Gaga." But why didn't Adam get a part the first time around? 

Adam rocketed to stardom after he ended up as a runner-up on American Idol a few years back. But before that, he was yet another singer-actor hopeful who wanted to be a McKinley student when Glee first started but was essentially told, "Thanks but not thanks."

"It's funny because I actually auditioned for the show years ago, before it started, which was before I was on Idol," Adam reveals in a Fox behind-the-scenes video. "And the casting director was like, 'Well, I love your voice, but I think you're too old to be in the show.' And so I didn't get it, and then Idol happened."

Crazy, right? It's hard to imagine Adam getting turned down from a musical-theatre show, since he would be perfect for that. But Adam is 31, and so he would have indeed looked a bit old when the show was first casting for high school students.

And Adam can take heart in knowing he is hardly the only big-name star to have been turned down from Glee before later finding fame. For example, Pitch Perfect star Rebel Wilson also was turned down by Glee before going on to find stardom with the film Bridesmaids. And Blake Jenner (Ryder) had auditioned for Glee before landing a role through Glee Project.

Long story short, we're just happy Adam is going to finally lend his talents to Glee one way or another. And his story should be inspiring for anyone thinks there's no such thing as second chances.

Source: Glee on Fox on YouTube