Your favorite reality show from last year is returning to Oxygen this summer, and Entertainment Weekly has the scoop on this season’s full roster of new talent on The Glee Project!
The show now boasts 14 finalists and will feature returning judges Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy, casting director Robert Ulrich and choreographer Zach Woodlee, alongside vocal coach Nikki Anders, who joins the judging panel. Even Lea Michele (Rachel) is set to appear in the season premiere!
As we’ve seen with recent guest arcs on Glee from season one winners Damian McGinty (Rory) and Samuel Larsen (Joe), the opportunity to win TGP is a HUGE one!
See if you can pick a couple of early favorites out of the fold…
Hometown: Queens, NY
With his admission to law school indefinitely on hold as he pursues his dreams of makin’ it big in entertainment, Abraham counts his most rewarding performance thus far to be one on the streets of his now-home San Diego.
Hometown: New York City
Paralyzed from the chest down, Ali has used a wheelchair since the age of 2 and hopes to inspire those with disabilities who dream of being performers. She’s also a recent grad of the prestigious NYU Tisch School of the Arts.
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Coming from a traditional Muslim family, Aylin strikes a balance between home life and her performing life – which includes the first female a cappella group at Loyola Academy, and being a vocal jazz performance major currently at Roosevelt University.
Hometown: Miami, Florida
Blake recently trekked from Florida to L.A. to pursue his number one dream of becoming an actor. When he’s not hitting the audition circuit, he works as a… parrot salesman.
Charlie may have severe ADHD and low-spectral autism, but he’s determined not to let it affect his dreams of performing. He earned his BFA in acting from the University of Illinois and performed with his senior year choir throughout Europe.
Hometown: Orlando, Florida
Dani made it to the Top 48 on last year’s America’s Got Talent and has a devoted online following as a result. She’s released a whopping four albums independently, and injects comedy and rap into her performances.
Hometown: Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Lily Mae has been in musical theatre for the past six years – including a performance in front of 2,500 at Boston’s Symphony Hall. As a full-figured woman, she’s intent on spreading the good word that any and all body types can make a leading lady.
Hometown: Lanham, Maryland
Born with Morning Glory Syndrome, Mario has been blind since the age of nine. He’s now versed in motivational speaking, comedy, impersonations, and voice-over work, and hopes to someday write his autobiography.
Hometown: Nashville, Tennessee
Max has only been singing since last summer, but he’s hopeful that his country twang and appearance on The Glee Project will help win the respect of a girl he loved and lost.
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Michael has clocked many an hour with the Paul Green School of Rock Chicago All Stars, performing at the Chicago House of Blues, anddd across the globe in Tokyo. He’s the youngest of this season’s contestants, but he’s got experience to spare.
Hometown: Tacoma, Washington
Nellie is the youngest member of a local swing band (by 20 years!), Nellie counts photography in her “strong love for the arts.”
Hometown: Auburn, Alabama
Recently recovered from vocal fold surgery, Shanna’s got a background in all kinds of performance-based activities – among them, choir, band, color guard, and even Spanish club (how very Glee of her, no?).
Her first time before a casting panel, Taryn’s original audition was via an online submission to The Glee Project. She hit ANOTHER first when heading to L.A. for her follow-up audition when she boarded her first airplane.
Hometown: Boca Raton, Florida
Having performed for 11 years, Tyler has skills on a variety of instruments, including the ukulele. Described as half black, half white, Jewish, and transgender, Tyler points to Lady Gaga as a major musical inspiration.
Source: Entertainment Weekly
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