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'The Glee Project' Choreographer Says No One's Panicking Over Low Ratings

by Rae Votta, posted Jun 15th 2011 3:50PM
Zach Woodlee, The Glee ProjectUsually everything a phenomenon like 'Glee' touches turns to gold, but in the case of the Oxygen reality show 'The Glee Project,' a competition for one hopeful to win a seven-episode arc on the hit series, the magic touch isn't quite there.

'The Glee Project' premiere drew just 455,000 average viewers, while the 'Glee' finale, on the other hand, drew 12.5 million. While that's a considerable jump, Zach Woodlee, choreographer on both 'Glee' and 'The Glee Project,' told AOL TV today that he didn't think there was much panic over it.

"It's a different project and a different network," said Woodlee. "Plus we were up against the Tonys, which is a lot of the same fan base."

While die-hard Gleeks have a clear reason to tune in, Woodlee also noted that the show would appeal to fans of a different side of reality competition television.

"It's an interesting illumination of our pop culture right now where we're infatuated with singular talents. But on our show it's not just the best singer or the best dancer, it's the best everything," he told AOL TV. "Plus you get to see them working together as a unit, not just solo."

Bonus tidbit: Fans attending the New Jersey stop tomorrow will sense a little deja vu when they see the 'Glee' movie on the big screen later this summer -- Woodlee let it slip that they're filming tomorrow's performance for the 3D movie.

Tell us: Did you watch 'The Glee Project' on Sunday? Will you tune in next week?

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If I got Oxygen I would be watching it, but I don't have that channel

June 25 2011 at 9:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Maybe move the show to a channel almost everyone has? I don't have the fancy box/dish or anything, so I don't get it.

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June 16 2011 at 11:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Not a lot of people get Oxygen on there television screen. I am a gleek yes and I had watched The Glee Project. I believe this television show brings a whole new twist on reality tv. Even though I can't watch it every Sunday I will definitely tune in on Mondays or Tuesdays to watch it on hulu.com. This show brings a whole new side, not like the Real World, It shows actual young kids going for there dream being on there favorite television show. GLEEK ALL THE WAY! The Glee Project, keep doing what you are doing I love the show and will definitely watch it. New look, new sound, new everything.

June 16 2011 at 4:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Because Glee has an underlying plot timetable--kids graduate--it makes sense that for the show to continue there has to be a new batch of glee club members. Allowing Glee fans to observe the selection process of new cast members, helps ensure that viewers of the Glee Project will get invested in the character that the winner of the Project will become. I found the technical aspects quite interesting, which only increased my admiration for those folks who made it this far in the competition and who are already on the regular show.

June 16 2011 at 2:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I don't get Oxygen, but I watched the show a few days later on Hulu. Loved it. I thought it was an even better format than standard elimination shows like AI and SYTYCD. It was a different packaging in the context of the Glee universe, complete with the same type of music and editing that characterizes the show itself.

June 16 2011 at 2:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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