Monday, August 22, 2011


After a 10-episode competition that saw contestants quit and a finale with four finalists competing instead of three, Oxygen’s The Glee Project crowned its first winner. Damian McGinty andSamuel Larson each won seven-episode arcs, while fellow finalists Lindsay Pearce and Alex Newell will appear in a pair of episodes of Glee.

In the penultimate episode, Murphy and Brennan opted not to send one of the four final contestants home, and with all four contestants going head-to-head in the finale, the Glee duo wanted a little bit of everyone for the Fox hit.

While there's no word yet on what role each of the four will be playing, Murphy in recent episodes has taken a liking to Larsen's Catholic background -- his tattoos include a few Bible verses.

Murphy also dubbed Newell "the best singer" among the four finalists, and called him the "lovechild of Kurt [Chris Colfer] and Mercedes [Amber Riley]."

For McGinty, Brennan said he'd likely come in to the show as a freshman. How Pearce will come in, however, is more unclear.

Murphy told  The Hollywood Reporter in July that the writing staff was in the midst of scripting the part for the winner and that he was open to having more than just one contestant from the series appear on the Fox hit."Some of [the contestants] are so talented," he told THR"We’re in the middle of writing Glee Season 3 and I don’t want to have a lot of guest stars this year, but we’re writing a lot of kids’ stories and I’m thinking, 'You know who would be good for those two lines is [eliminated contestant] McKynleigh, who got kicked off might be good for something like that.' It’s definitely being discussed but we haven’t done anything yet. We’re also writing the part for the winner and it’s quite a great role. They’re all talented and I think they all fit. They’re all part of the Glee family."While Oxygen’s The Glee Project has not officially been picked up for a second season, executive producer Michael Davies is confident the reality competition series will return.“Talks have begun,” Davies said Tuesday during the series’ stop at the summer Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills. “A lot of the planning is starting to happen, how we’re going to do the casting process, which is the biggest thing.”Davies pointed out the Glee Project’s ratings growth since its weak June premiere opposite the Tony Awards and its strong online fan base as a big part of why it’s likely to get the second season pickup.


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