This season of Glee has had a lot of fresh new faces we love, so for us it’s honestly impossible to point to one standout best among the newest McKinley Titans. We can’t even pick our favorite One Direction member! On the other hand, E! Online has no qualms about favoritism, because they’ve named Melissa Benoist (Marley) to their “2012 Breakout Stars” list!

While they were worried about how the show would fare after Rachel (Lea Michele), Kurt (Chris Colfer), and the others graduated, E! credits Melissa’s character for keeping the show compelling. “She proved to be a refreshing and talented addition to Glee, and while we adore the New York storylines, we don't mind staying at McKinley to see what happens with Marley.”

A lot has happened already to The New Rachel Berry — two boyfriends, an eating disorder, and a Christmas miracle, just to name a few! But no matter how rich her storyline was in 2012, we’re even more excited to see what’s in store for her in the new year.

Source: E! Online