The Glee Project

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  • 2011
  • 2 Seasons
  • 6.7  (2,966)

The Glee Project was a reality television show that aired on Oxygen from 2011 to 2012. It was created as a spin-off to the hit musical drama series Glee, and the show was designed to find new talent to feature on the show in guest roles or as full-time cast members. Each episode of the show focused on a different theme, such as vulnerability, theatricality, or dance ability, and the contestants were given challenges to showcase their skills.

The show was hosted by actor and singer Darren Criss, who played Blaine Anderson on Glee. The judges included Glee creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan, as well as casting director Robert Ulrich. The winner of the show received a seven-episode arc on Glee, and the opportunity to tour with the cast.

The first season of The Glee Project featured twelve contestants, including Cameron Mitchell, Samuel Larsen, and Alex Newell. Mitchell was a singer-songwriter from Indiana, Larsen was a musician and actor from California, and Newell was a singer and actor from Massachusetts. Each of these contestants had a unique background and set of skills, and they quickly became fan favorites on the show.

Throughout the first season, the contestants were given a variety of challenges to showcase their talents. Some of these challenges involved singing and dancing to popular songs, while others required the contestants to act or perform in groups. The judges provided feedback and critiques after each challenge, and gradually eliminated contestants as the competition progressed.

One of the most memorable challenges on the show was the "Vulnerability" episode. Each contestant was tasked with choosing a personal story or experience that made them feel vulnerable, and then performing a song that reflected that emotion. This challenge allowed the contestants to showcase not only their singing abilities, but also their emotional range and depth as performers.

Another standout episode was "Dance-ability", which challenged the contestants to perform a high-energy dance routine to a popular song. The judges were looking for contestants who could not only keep up with the choreography, but also bring their own unique style and flair to the performance.

Throughout the competition, Mitchell, Larsen, and Newell consistently impressed the judges with their performances. Mitchell was praised for his soulful voice and songwriting abilities, while Larsen received high marks for his raw energy and stage presence. Newell quickly became known for his powerful vocals and commanding stage presence, and frequently wowed the judges with his performances.

In the end, the winner of the first season of The Glee Project was Samuel Larsen. Larsen won a seven-episode arc on Glee, and went on to play the character of Joe Hart on the show. However, Mitchell and Newell also made appearances on Glee, and both went on to successful careers in music and theater.

Overall, The Glee Project was a popular and successful show that allowed fans to connect with the talented performers who brought their favorite characters to life on Glee. The show highlighted the importance of vulnerability, creativity, and hard work in the entertainment industry, and provided a platform for aspiring performers to showcase their talents to a nationwide audience.

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GLEE-ality (Chris Colfer)
11. GLEE-ality (Chris Colfer)
August 14, 2012
The winner is announced on the second season finale. Guest appearance by Chris Colfer.
Actability (Dianna Agron)
10. Actability (Dianna Agron)
August 7, 2012
Dianna Agron motivates the group while guest judging Actability week; emotions run deep.
Romanticality (Darren Criss)
9. Romanticality (Darren Criss)
July 31, 2012
The contenders are tested on their passion and romanticism in a challenge that includes a rendering of the Rihanna song "We Found Love." Darren Criss ("Glee") makes an appearance.
Tenacity (Amber Riley)
8. Tenacity (Amber Riley)
July 24, 2012
The remaining safe contenders talk about the bottom three and hope they get songs they like.
7. Theatricality
July 17, 2012
The contenders are tested on their theatricality in a challenge that includes a rendering of the Pussycat Dolls song "When I Grow Up."
6. Fearlessness
July 10, 2012
The contenders are tested on their fearlessness during a frenzied video shoot that involves swimsuits and frozen slushies. Jane Lynch ("Glee") makes an appearance.
5. Adaptability
July 3, 2012
The ability to adapt is put to the test. Included: a performance of the Jessie J song "Price Tag."
4. Sexuality
June 26, 2012
Naya Rivera (Santana on Glee) mentors. The group's sexy performances of "Moves Like Jagger" and "Milkshake" leaves some contenders squirming.
3. Vulnerability
June 19, 2012
Cory Monteith (Finn on Glee) mentors. The contestants relive bullying experiences during a powerful performance of REM's "Everybody Hurts."
2. Dance-ability
June 12, 2012
Dance skills are put to the test and the contestants perform the LMFAO song "Party Rock Anthem." Meanwhile, envy abounds following a passionate kiss.
1. Individuality
June 5, 2012
The second season kicks off with the 14 finalists performing Whitesnake's "Here I Go Again" for "Individuality" week. A familiar face from Glee stops by.
The Final 14
0. The Final 14
June 2, 2012
The Glee Project returns to Oxygen with 14 new contenders competing for a 7 episode guest starring role on Glee! Check out this exclusive Casting Special to see how the final 14 were chosen!
  • Premiere Date
    June 12, 2011
  • IMDB Rating
    6.7  (2,966)