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"The Glee Project" debuts with 'Individuality' round

"The Glee Project," Season 1 cast members: From left, back row, Damian, Bryce, Samuel; third row, Alex, Emily, Lindsay, Hannah, Cameron; second row, McKynleigh, Ellis, Matheus; front, Marissa Photo Credit: Oxygen Media

Fans of ‘Glee,’ listen up, this reality TV show may be key to the continuation of the Fox show.

This is the premise of ‘The Glee Project.: Creators are looking to find new talent as current cast members are getting older and are scheduled to graduate.

Producers say it’s “a ‘Glee’ bootcamp/acting/singing/dancing/everything masterclass.” Each week, a theme will be assigned with homework, and a ‘Glee’ cast member will participate in the judging or the tutelage of the hopefuls.

The series premiere of ‘The Glee Project’ began with 12 contestants chosen from more than 40,000 auditioners to perform and record a video of Katy Perry’s “Firework.” Each ‘Glee’ wanna-be was assigned a part of the number, for which they were encouraged to add their own stamp of individuality.

‘Glee’s’ Darren Criss, who plays Blaine, arrived to judge the individuality round.

While ‘The Glee Project’ doesn’t deviate from the formula of most reality TV shows, what makes it more “authentic” is that the judges are the makers and producers of the original. They've just created an arena to help them write new roles.

After the individuality round, won by Mattheus, three contestants were chosen to sing a Last Chance song, the round’s final test to be added on the call-back list.

Alex, Cameron, Emily, Hannah, Lindsay, Marssa, Mattheus, McKynleigh, and Samuel were called back.

Bryce, Damian and Ellis were picked to perform Last Chance songs in front of Ryan Murphy, the creator of the show.

For those who enjoy singing contests, this section of the show may be your favorite part, as each of the three are assigned songs that pushes the contestant’s talent, but also allows them to really show of their vocal abilities.

In the end, though, Bryce, who knew he’d seen his last act, was sent home.  

Reality TV contests usually rely on the viewership to vote for contestants; it will be interesting as the show progresses to see if audiences will find it dull that they no longer have any input on who gets to stay or go.

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