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The Glee Project is an American reality television series from Oxygen. It serves as an audition for the FOX musical comedy series Glee, and the prize for the winner is a 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 Sky One on July 14, 2011.

Glee executive producers Ryan Murphy and Dante Di Loreto are executive producers for The Glee ProjectGlee‘s casting director, Robert Ulrich, is casting director for the project.[1][2]

Music video (group performance)
Homework assignment
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.
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
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
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
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

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.[3] 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,[4] 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” before returning in the penultimate episode, “Nationals“.

McGinty, Larsen, Pearce and Newell were chosen to sing on the 2011 Glee Christmas album, Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album Volume 2.[5]

Contenders

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

Episodes

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Original air date Overnight viewers
(millions)
Eliminated
1 0 “The Top 12” June 12, 2011 N/A N/A
A casting special showing the selection process of the new series.
2 1 “Individuality” June 12, 2011 0.455[21] 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 0.527[21] Ellis
4 3 “Vulnerability” June 26, 2011 0.591[22] Emily
5 4 “Dance Ability” July 10, 2011 0.745[23] McKynleigh
6 5 “Pairability” July 17, 2011 0.810[24] Matheus
7 6 “Tenacity” July 24, 2011 1.270[25] 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 0.790[24] 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 0.912[26] Hannah
10 9 “Generosity” August 14, 2011 0.920[24] N/A

No elimination this week

11 10 “Glee-ality” August 21, 2011 1.240[27] 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

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.

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