The Glee Project

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The Glee Project
The Glee Project Logo.png
Created by Ryan Murphy
Presented by Robert Ulrich
Judges Ryan Murphy
Robert Ulrich
Zach Woodlee
Nikki Anders
Ian Brennan
Narrated by Ian Brennan
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 21 (plus 2 specials)
Production
Executive producer(s) Michael Davies
Shauna Minoprio
Ryan Murphy
Dante Di Loreto
Producer(s) Ryan Murphy
Running time 44 minutes
Production company(s) Embassy Row
Ryan Murphy Productions
Distributor Sony Pictures Television
Broadcast
Original channel Oxygen
Original run June 12, 2011 (2011-06-12)  – August 14, 2012 (2012-08-14)
Chronology
Related shows Glee
External links
Website

The Glee Project is an American reality television series from Oxygen. It served as an audition for the FOX musical comedy series Glee, and the prize for the winner was a minimum seven-episode arc in the following season of the show. The show's first season premiered in the US on June 12, 2011, and concluded on August 21, 2011. In Canada, the series began airing on Slice on June 26, 2011, and in the UK, the series began airing on Sky1 on July 14, 2011. A second season aired in the US from June 5 to August 14, 2012. In July 2013, it was announced that The Glee Project would not return for a third season.[1]

Glee executive producers Ryan Murphy and Dante Di Loreto executive produced for The Glee Project. Glee '​s casting director, Robert Ulrich, was casting director for the project, while Glee '​s on-screen non-speaking accompanist, Brad Ellis, helping Ulrich coach 80 potential candidates as seen in the music segment of "The Top 12" special that led into the pilot episode of season 1.[2][3]

Contest process[edit]

Each episode of The Glee Project is given an overall theme and covers events that have taken place in about the time span of a week. The following is how the events are broadcast.

Homework assignment[edit]

Contestants are given a "homework assignment" that entails learning and practicing segments of a chosen song. At the beginning of each episode, contestants perform their respective parts of the song in front of a mystery guest judge from the Glee cast. The contestant that completes the homework best is given a one-on-one session with the guest star and a principal part in the music video.

Music video (group performance)[edit]

Contestants then create a music video "inspired by the performances on Glee". In preparation for the music video, contestants record parts of a song in a professional studio with vocal producer Nikki Anders (née Hassman). They also learn choreography from Zach Woodlee and/or Brooke Lipton, his assistant. The entire process is overseen by Glee '​s casting director Robert Ulrich.

Callbacks[edit]

During callbacks, the bottom three contestants are revealed. They are critiqued by Robert Ulrich and Zach Woodlee, and also in the second season by Nikki Anders, about their performances. (Anders substituted for Woodlee in Ep. 8 of the first season.) They are then each assigned a different song that they will perform in hopes of being "saved".

Last chance performance[edit]

The bottom three of the week perform their assigned songs in front of Ryan Murphy himself. With input from Woodlee, Ulrich, and Anders (in the second season) a decision is made and one of the bottom three is eliminated.

Final callbacks[edit]

Unlike most reality competition shows, contestants are not directly informed of their elimination, nor must they wait for extended tension-filled pauses to hear the results one by one. Rather, the bottom three are notified when "the list is up" and discover their fate as they find their name on the list. Afterwards, the eliminated contestant sings lead vocals in "Keep Holding On" by Avril Lavigne with the remaining contestants singing the background vocals.

Season one (2011)[edit]

Although originally planned to begin broadcasting in late May 2011, The Glee Project premiered on June 12, 2011, and aired a two-hour extended premiere where the first hour showed the audition process and selection of the twelve contenders, and the second hour was the first episode of the series. The Canadian and UK premieres were also in the same two-hour extended format: in Canada, the series began airing on Slice on June 26, 2011, and in the UK, the series began airing on Sky One on July 14, 2011.

Damian McGinty and Samuel Larsen were both proclaimed the winners of the first season, each winning a seven-episode arc. Runners-up Lindsay Pearce and Alex Newell were given prizes of a two-episode arc on Glee, and Cameron Mitchell, who quit the competition in episode 7, won the "fan favorite" competition and the associated $10,000 prize.[4] Pearce's two-episode arc, as a Rachel Berry-esque girl named Harmony, consisted of the season premiere episode "The Purple Piano Project" and the eighth episode "Hold On to Sixteen", while McGinty began his arc as Rory Flanagan, an Irish exchange student, in the fourth episode "Pot o' Gold"; McGinty was retained on the show beyond his seven-episode prize. Larsen debuted on Glee in the thirteenth episode, "Heart", as a transfer student named Joe Hart,[5] also appearing beyond his original seven-episode stint. Newell's first appearance was in the April 17, 2012 episode "Saturday Night Glee-ver". He played Wade Adams, a transgender member of the rival Vocal Adrenaline show choir, and appeared briefly in "Props", returning a few more times before transferring to McKinley High for the series' fourth season and becoming a series regular for its fifth season.

McGinty, Larsen, Pearce and Newell were chosen to sing on the 2011 Glee Christmas album, Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album Volume 2.[6]

Contenders[edit]

Contender Age Hometown Result Date eliminated References
Samuel Larsen 19 Los Angeles, California Winner N/A [7]
Damian McGinty, Jr. 18 Derry, Northern Ireland Winner N/A [8]
Lindsay Pearce 19 Modesto, California Runner-up N/A [9]
Alex Newell 18 Lynn, Massachusetts Runner-up N/A [10]
Hannah McIalwain 19 Asheville, North Carolina 8th eliminated August 7, 2011 (2011-08-07) [11]
Cameron Mitchell 21 Fort Worth, Texas 7th eliminated July 31, 2011 (2011-07-31) [12][13]
Marissa von Bleicken 19 New York, New York 6th eliminated July 24, 2011 (2011-07-24) [14]
Matheus Fernandes 19 Atlanta, Georgia 5th eliminated July 17, 2011 (2011-07-17) [15][16]
McKynleigh Abraham 19 Paducah, Kentucky 4th eliminated July 10, 2011 (2011-07-10) [17]
Emily Vásquez 22 New York, New York 3rd eliminated June 26, 2011 (2011-06-26) [18]
Ellis Wylie 18 Grayslake, Illinois 2nd eliminated June 19, 2011 (2011-06-19) [19][20]
Bryce Ross-Johnson 22 Westlake Village, California 1st eliminated June 12, 2011 (2011-06-12) [21]

Episodes[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Original air date Overnight viewers
(millions)
Eliminated
1 0 "The Top 12" June 12, 2011 (2011-06-12) N/A N/A
A casting special showing the selection process of the new series.
2 1 "Individuality" June 12, 2011 (2011-06-12) 0.455[22] Bryce
Note: John Ross Bowie made a cameo appearance reprising his role as Dennis, the school photographer, in the music video.
3 2 "Theatricality" June 19, 2011 (2011-06-19) 0.527[22] Ellis
4 3 "Vulnerability" June 26, 2011 (2011-06-26) 0.591[23] Emily
  • Winner: Matheus
5 4 "Dance Ability" July 10, 2011 (2011-07-10) 0.745[24] McKynleigh
  • Winner: Samuel
6 5 "Pairability" July 17, 2011 (2011-07-17) 0.810[25] Matheus
  • Winner: Marissa
  • Music video:
  • Last chance performance:
  • Bottom three:
  • Alex
  • Cameron
  • Matheus – Eliminated
7 6 "Tenacity" July 24, 2011 (2011-07-24) 1.270[26] Marissa
  • Winner: Marissa
Note: Guest mentor Max Adler also made a cameo appearance reprising his role as Dave Karofsky in the music video.
8 7 "Sexuality" July 31, 2011 (2011-07-31) 0.790[25] Cameron
Note: Ryan Murphy revealed to Cameron that by withdrawing from the competition, he had saved Damian from elimination.
9 8 "Believability" August 7, 2011 (2011-08-07) 0.912[27] Hannah
10 9 "Generosity" August 14, 2011 (2011-08-14) 0.920[25] N/A
  • Winner: Lindsay
No elimination this week
11 10 "Glee-ality" August 21, 2011 (2011-08-21) 1.240[28] N/A

Note: All previously eliminated contestants made cameo appearances in the music video. The eliminated contestants also sang backup for the homework assignment.
Runners-up and earning 2 episode arcs on Glee: Alex Newell & Lindsay Pearce

Winners of the series and earning 7 episode arcs on Glee: Samuel Larsen & Damian McGinty

Contender progress[edit]

Contestant Episode
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Samuel IN IN IN WIN IN IN WIN RISK RISK WINNER
Damian RISK IN RISK IN IN IN RISK IN RISK WINNER
Lindsay IN IN IN IN IN IN IN RISK W/R RUNNER-UP
Alex IN WIN IN RISK RISK RISK RISK IN RISK RUNNER-UP
Hannah IN IN IN IN IN IN IN W/O
Cameron IN IN RISK IN RISK RISK QUIT
Marissa IN IN IN IN WIN W/O
Matheus WIN RISK WIN RISK OUT
McKynleigh IN RISK IN OUT
Emily IN IN OUT
Ellis RISK OUT
Bryce OUT
Key

 IN   The contender was not at risk of elimination.
 WIN  The contender won the homework assignment and was not at risk of elimination.
 W/R  The contender won the homework assignment but was at risk of being eliminated.
 RISK  The contender was at risk of being eliminated.
 OUT  The contender was eliminated.
 W/O  The contender won the homework assignment but was eliminated.
 QUIT  The contender quit the competition.
 WINNER  The contender won a 7-episode arc on Glee.
 RUNNER-UP  The contender won a 2-episode arc on Glee.

Season two (2012)[edit]

Casting for a second season was announced after the first season finale. The season pickup was confirmed on January 17, 2012, at which time it was stated that the second season would feature fourteen contestants, an increase of two from the twelve in the first season.[29] On January 21, 2012, Lea Michele revealed that she would be the guest mentor for the season premiere.[30] Other guest mentors will include season 1 co-winner Samuel Larsen (Joe Hart), Cory Monteith (Finn Hudson), Naya Rivera (Santana Lopez), Jane Lynch (Sue Sylvester), Amber Riley (Mercedes Jones), Chris Colfer (Kurt Hummel), Dianna Agron (Quinn Fabray) and returning season 1 mentors Darren Criss (Blaine Anderson) and Kevin McHale (Artie Abrams).[31][32]

The second season premiered in the US on June 5, 2012, and ran for eleven weeks, concluding on August 14, 2012.[33] There was one winner for the season: Blake Jenner won the seven-episode arc on Glee. He made his first appearance in the fifth episode of season four, "The Role You Were Born to Play", as a McKinley student named Ryder Lynn.[34] Ali Stroker, the runner up, also made an unexpected first appearance in the fourth season episode, "I Do", as Betty Pillsbury.

Dani Shay, who was the third person eliminated, was previous a contestant on America's Got Talent (season 6) going as far as the quarter-finals.

Contenders[edit]

Contender Age Hometown Result Date eliminated References
Blake Jenner 19 Miami, Florida Winner N/A [35][36]
Ali Stroker 24 New York, New York Runner-up N/A [37][38]
Aylin Bayramoglu 19 Chicago, Illinois Runner-up N/A [39][40]
Lily Mae Harrington 19 Dennis, Massachusetts 11th eliminated August 7, 2012 (2012-08-07) [41][42]
Michael Weisman 18 Chicago, Illinois 10th eliminated August 7, 2012 (2012-08-07) [43][44]
Shanna Henderson 21 Auburn, Alabama 9th eliminated July 31, 2012 (2012-07-31) [45][46]
Abraham Lim 24 San Diego, California 8th eliminated July 24, 2012 (2012-07-24) [37][47]
Nellie Veitenheimer 19 Tacoma, Washington 7th eliminated July 17, 2012 (2012-07-17) [48][49]
Charlie Lubeck 22 Chicago, Illinois 6th eliminated July 10, 2012 (2012-07-10) [50][51]
Mario Bonds 24 Lanham, Maryland 5th eliminated July 3, 2012 (2012-07-03) [52][53]
Tyler Ford 21 Boca Raton, Florida 4th eliminated June 26, 2012 (2012-06-26) [54][55]
Dani Shay 23 Orlando, Florida 3rd eliminated June 12, 2012 (2012-06-12) [56][57]
Taryn Douglas 22 Detroit, Michigan 2nd eliminated June 12, 2012 (2012-06-12) [58][59]
Maxfield Camp 22 Nashville, Tennessee 1st eliminated June 5, 2012 (2012-06-05) [60][61]

Episodes[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Original air date Overnight viewers
(millions)
Eliminated
12 0 "The Glee Project Season 2: The Final 14"[62] June 2, 2012 (2012-06-02)[63] N/A N/A

A casting special showing the selection process of the second season.

Note: Judges Robert Ulrich and Zach Woodlee made cameo appearances as themselves in the music video.
13 1 "Individuality"[62] June 5, 2012 (2012-06-05)[63] 0.389[66] Maxfield
Note: Iqbal Theba made a cameo appearance reprising his role as Principal Figgins in the music video.[65]
14 2 "Dance-ability"[68] June 12, 2012 (2012-06-12)[68] 0.474[69] Taryn and Dani
Note: Taryn withdrew from the competition prior to the homework assignment.
15 3 "Vulnerability"[70] June 19, 2012 (2012-06-19)[70] 0.487[71] N/A
No elimination this week
16 4 "Sexuality"[70] June 26, 2012 (2012-06-26)[70] 0.640[73] Tyler
Note: Mary Gillis made a cameo appearance reprising her role as Mrs. Hagberg in the music video.[72]
17 5 "Adaptability"[75] July 3, 2012 (2012-07-03)[75] 0.495[76] Mario
18 6 "Fearlessness"[77] July 10, 2012 (2012-07-10)[80] 0.507[81] Charlie
  • Winner: Lily Mae
Note: Rock Anthony made a cameo appearance reprising his role as Rick "The Stick" Nelson in the music video.
19 7 "Theatricality"[77] July 17, 2012 (2012-07-17) 0.342[82] Nellie
Note: For the music video, each contestant was assigned the role of a musical icon: Abraham played David Bowie, Ali was Katy Perry, Aylin was Madonna, Blake was Boy George, Lily was Cyndi Lauper, Michael was Elvis, Nellie was Britney Spears and Shanna was Lady Gaga.
20 8 "Tenacity"[77] July 24, 2012 (2012-07-24)[83] 0.357[84] Abraham
21 9 "Romanticality"[77] July 31, 2012 (2012-07-31)[32] 0.339[86] Shanna
  • Winner: Blake
Note: Nuno Bettencourt from Extreme accompanied the contenders on guitar during the homework assignment. Iqbal Theba made a cameo appearance reprising his role as Principal Figgins in the music video.[85]
22 10 "Actability"[87] August 7, 2012 (2012-08-07)[87] 0.447[88] Michael and Lily Mae
23 11 "Glee-ality"[77] August 14, 2012 (2012-08-14)[32] 0.821[91] N/A
  • Winner: Ali, Aylin and Blake

Note: Damian McGinty made a cameo appearance reprising his role as Rory Flanagan in the music video, as did all the previously eliminated contestants from the second season.[89] The eliminated contestants also sang backup for the homework assignment.[90]

Winner of the series and earning a 7-episode arc on Glee: Blake Jenner

Contender progress[edit]

Contestant Episode
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Blake IN IN IN IN IN IN IN IN W/R RISK WINNER
Ali IN IN IN IN IN IN WIN WIN IN RISK RUNNER-UP
Aylin RISK IN IN IN WIN RISK IN IN RISK RISK RUNNER-UP
Lily Mae IN RISK RISK IN IN WIN RISK RISK IN OUT
Michael IN IN IN RISK IN IN IN RISK IN W/O
Shanna WIN IN IN IN IN IN IN IN OUT
Abraham IN WIN IN IN RISK IN RISK OUT
Nellie IN IN WIN IN IN RISK OUT
Charlie IN IN RISK W/R RISK OUT
Mario IN IN RISK IN OUT
Tyler RISK RISK IN OUT
Dani IN OUT
Taryn IN QUIT
Maxfield OUT
Key

 IN   The contender was not at risk of elimination.
 WIN  The contender won the homework assignment and was not at risk of elimination.
 W/R  The contender won the homework assignment but was at risk of being eliminated.
 RISK  The contender was at risk of being eliminated.
 OUT  The contender was eliminated.
 W/O  The contender won the homework assignment but was eliminated.
 QUIT  The contender quit the competition.
 WINNER  The contender won a 7-episode arc on Glee.
 RUNNER-UP  The contender was crowned a runner-up.

International syndication[edit]

Country / Region Channel First aired References
 Australia Eleven July 15, 2011 [92]
 Brazil Fox Brasil June 26, 2011 [93]
 Canada Slice
Global
June 26, 2011 [94]
 France W9 February 29, 2012 (canceled after episode 2) [95]
 Japan Skachan
Fox Japan
June 29, 2011
September 25, 2011
[96]
 New Zealand FOUR August 8, 2011 [97]
 Philippines ETC, Jack TV June 13, 2011 [98]
STAR World October 17, 2011 [99]
 Portugal Fox Life November 25, 2011 [100]
Southeast Asia (orthographic projection).svg Southeast Asia
 Hong Kong
 Indonesia
 Malaysia
 Burma
 Singapore
 Republic of China
 Thailand
 Vietnam
STAR World August 15, 2011 [99]
 Turkey Fox Life December 12, 2011 [101]
 United Kingdom Sky1
PickTV
July 13, 2011 [102]
 United States (original run) Oxygen June 12, 2011 N/A

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