Credit: Adam Rose/FOX ©2011 Fox Broadcasting Co.

It’s official, Gleeks. The final Glee Project winner, Alex Newell, is just weeks away from making his long-awaited Glee debut!

Fox just released promotional photos from the upcoming Season 3, Episode 16: “Saturday Night Glee-ver,” which airs April 17 — and there is Alex, looking exactly as we remember him!

Looking totally cute in an orange plaid shirt and vest, the soulful singer is shown standing in the halls of McKinley high school, deep in conversation with Mercedes (Amber Riley) and Kurt (Chris Colfer). The captions explain that he’s confiding in Kurt... but they don’t say what about!

We know that Alex will share scenes with Jesse St. James (Jonathan Groff), the newest coach of Vocal Adrenaline, so it seems a safe bet to assume he’s a new VA member.

Oh, and one more thing. We now officially have a name for Alex’s Glee character: Wade.

Credit: Adam Rose/FOX ©2011 Fox Broadcasting Co.

What are your thoughts on Wade’s first appearance at McKinley? If he comes from Vocal Adrenaline, we’re tempted to assume he’s up to no good... but you never know. We really hope Wade can be friends with Kurt and Co.

That is, if that huge impending Nationals competition doesn’t get in the way! Because from the sound of Wade's first Vocal Adrenaline performance, this guy has go some serious vocal talent. Oh, and from what we've heard, he sometimes likes to perform in drag. Now that definitely sounds like the Alex we remember!

Credit: YouTube Photo: First Listen! The Glee Project's Alex Newell (Wade) Sings "Boogie Shoes" in Glee Season 3, Episode 16: "Saturday Night Glee-ver" (VIDEO)

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