The Glee Project

Although the show seemed to have come from out of nowhere, FOX's hit musical program, Glee, has quickly become one of television's most popular programs. The show has reached such amazing levels of popularity that it has even produced its own spin-off reality program known as The Glee Project. Glee tells the stories of the students and teachers at a school in which it is not unusual for people to break into song spontaneously. However, since the show depicts events at a high school, new faces need to be brought in with each passing season so that the program is somewhat believable. This is where The Glee Project comes in.

Airing on the Oxygen network, The Glee Project is a reality show that acts as an audition process for the upcoming season of Glee. Contestants must compete against each other while showing off their singing, dancing and acting skills to judges including the casting director for Glee, as well as the show's creator, Ryan Murphy. Winners of the contest are chosen to be featured in seven episodes of the upcoming season of Glee. The Glee Project even allows for multiple winners, with the second-place victor receiving a two-episode story arc on the parent show. If the winners perform well on Glee, they can even be brought back to appear on the show for episodes beyond the initial seven.

Each episode of The Glee Project features a theme for the week. Some of the themes have included individuality, believability and tenacity. Each episode features performances by the contestants, but one contestant must be eliminated each week, making the performances particularly crucial. A typical episode begins with a homework assignment that usually involves learning dance moves and choreography for a certain piece of music. Then, the contestants must participate in a music video for the song in question. This is usually followed by judging, callbacks, a last chance recital and, finally, elimination.

Reality shows that involve musical competitions are incredibly popular these days, and many of the shows seem similar. The Glee Project is different because it involves the chance for the winners to appear on one of the hottest prime-time shows on television. Young people love the program because it gives them an inside glimpse into the world of Glee, plus it inspires them to attempt to achieve their aspirations, musical or not. Though the elimination aspect of The Glee Project is sad because of the amazing talent on the program, the joy experienced by the Project's eventual winner is something that all audience members can feel.

Sunday 9:00 PM et/pt on Oxygen
2 Seasons, 22 Episodes
June 12, 2011
Cast: Nikki Anders, Ryan Murphy, Robert J. Ulrich, Zachary Woodlee
The Glee Project

The Glee Project Full Episode Guide

  • The winner is announced on the second season finale. Guest appearance by Chris Colfer.

  • Dianna Agron motivates the group while guest judging Actability week; emotions run deep.

  • 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.

  • The remaining safe contenders talk about the bottom three and hope they get songs they like.

  • The contenders are tested on their theatricality in a challenge that includes a rendering of the Pussycat Dolls song "When I Grow Up."

  • The contenders are tested on their fearlessness during a frenzied video shoot that involves swimsuits and frozen slushies. Jane Lynch ("Glee") makes an appearance.

  • The ability to adapt is put to the test. Included: a performance of the Jessie J song "Price Tag."

  • Naya Rivera (Santana on Glee) mentors. The group's sexy performances of "Moves Like Jagger" and "Milkshake" leaves some contenders squirming.

  • Cory Monteith (Finn on Glee) mentors. The contestants relive bullying experiences during a powerful performance of REM's "Everybody Hurts."

  • Dance skills are put to the test and the contestants perform the LMFAO song "Party Rock Anthem." Meanwhile, envy abounds following a passionate kiss.

  • 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 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!

  • In the season finale, the final three contestants give it their all to gain their dream role on Glee.

  • Kevin McHale (Artie) shows contestants how to be generous and surprise guests help them to perform "Sing" by My Chemical Romance.

  • Jenna Ushkowitz (Glee's Tina) forces the contenders to get real for "Believability" week. One contender's intensity hinders the group performance of "The Only Exception."

  • Watch the cast of The Glee Project as they perform in this music video for the hit song "Teenage Dream".

  • The contestants must prove their tenacity in a mash-up song.

  • The remaining eight contestants are paired for a duet challenge.

  • Watch the cast of The Glee Project as they perform "U Can't Touch This" in this exclusive music video.

  • During Vulnerability week, one contender reveals a dark secret. Guest mentor Dot-Marie Jones (Glee's Coach Beiste) pushes the contenders for a Mad World performance.

  • In the series premiere, it's Individuality Week for the 12 finalists as they perform Katy Perry's hit song "Firework." One lucky contender gets one-on-one time with Darren Criss (Blaine on Glee).

The Glee Project News

'The Glee Project' Announces Season 2 Winner

Season two of "The Glee Project," the reality competition show companion to Fox's hit musical comedy, has come to an end, and a winner has been crowned. Find out who will be the newest member of the "Glee" cast right here.

'The Glee Project' Preview: Kevin McHale Throws A Curve....

In life, we roll with the changes, or the changes roll over us. Luckily, Kevin McHale knows how to roll. He's spent four seasons convincingly manning a wheelchair playing handicapped but hardly "disabled" Artie on Fox's "Glee." This week on "The Glee Project," he'll test whether these cast hopefuls can make moves on the fly to keep up.

'Glee' Students Become Teachers On Next 'The Glee Project' Season

The students of "Glee" have learned enough to teach. Ryan Murphy's "The Glee Project" begins its second season Tuesday on Oxygen. This year's cast will be welcomed by Lea Michele, then handed over to a few friends of hers over the next couple weeks. Naya Rivera will talk up sexiness, first-season winner Samuel Larsen will teach choreography, and Cory Monteith will continue pounding the dead horse of bullying.

Shut the Front Door: Watch The Wacky Finale to 'The Glee Project'

Last night's grand finale of "The Glee Project" was a certifiably wacky one. Finalists Damian McGinty, Samuel Larson, Lindsay Pearce and Alex Newel faced final judgement, and an ultimate decision about the next stage of their careers from "Glee" producer Ryan Murphy. Spoiler alert: Find out who won here.

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