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5 Things to Know About 'Glee' Newbie Damian McGinty

by Crystal Bell, posted Oct 28th 2011 6:00PM
Gleeks, say hello to McKinley High's latest heartthrob: Rory Flanagan, played by 'The Glee Project' winner Damian McGinty.

Fans of the Oxygen reality competition show swooned over the 18-year-old former Celtic Thunder singer, partly because of his dreamy Irish accent, but mostly because of his adorably clumsy footwork and his velvety smooth voice.

Next week's 'Glee' (Tues., Nov. 1, 8PM ET on Fox) marks the much-anticipated arrival of McGinty as McKinley High's new Irish foreign exchange student, but he's not exactly receiving the warmest welcome.

"Rory is very sweet and really innocent, and it's kind of sad because he wants to fit in and he always has a smile of his face, but he's just getting continually bullied," McGinty told us. "He's getting thrown off lockers and pushed into lockers. It's quite sad. He just wants friends and for people to like him." See? Adorable.

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'The Glee Project' Renewed for Season 2, Begins Auditions

by Jean Bentley, posted Sep 26th 2011 2:00PM
Glee ProjectTalented Gleeks who dream of appearing on their favorite show now have another chance at stardom.

UPDATE: According to Deadline, although Oxygen is close to renewing the sleeper summer reality hit 'The Glee Project' for a second season, it has not officially been picked up for season two. However, it has launched the second nationwide 'Glee Project' talent search. Last month, both Damian McGinty and Samuel Larsen won seven-episode arcs on 'Glee' as Things didn't turn out too badly for the two-runners up, either: both Lindsay Pearce and Alex Newell won two-episode guest spots on the Fox hit as well.

Though 'The Glee Project' debuted soft, the show grew over the summer and went out big -- more than 1 million viewers tuned in to the August finale.

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'Glee Project' Winners Talk About Their Experience on 'Access Hollywood Live' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 22nd 2011 2:50PM
'Glee Project' winners Samuel Larsen and Damian McGinty on 'Access Hollywood Live'The 'Glee Project' finale had a surprise ending when 'Glee' creator Ryan Murphy revealed not one but two winners -- Samuel Larsen and Damian McGinty. The pair appeared on 'Access Hollywood Live' (weekdays, syndicated on NBC) to talk about their road to the finale, and what the win means to them.

The finale taped in April, which means Larsen and McGinty haven't been able to tell anyone about their win for months. "Oh, I told my mom and dad," said Larsen. "No, I mean, when they slap that kind of a contract in your face and tell you the consequences, you keep your mouth shut."

Larsen also said he had been tempted in the past to lose the dreads to get parts and pass auditions, but he's thankful he never cut them. "And I'm so glad I didn't because, you know, now it's kind of become a trademark thing," he said. McGinty was a bit more philosophical about the win. "To come out on top along with Samuel," he said, "you know, it proves the underdog can, you know -- which is what 'Glee's' about, which is even more incredible -- but it proves the underdog can come out on top."

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'Glee Project' Winner Revealed (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 22nd 2011 2:02AM
Ryan Murphy, 'The Glee Project' finaleAfter last week's twist non-elimination on 'The Glee Project' (Sun., 9PM ET on Oxygen), it was a final four competing for that seven-episode guest spot on 'Glee.' But the producers of this show know what 'Glee' is all about, and they made sure it was a fun-filled hour even while tension was high.

!!SPOILER ALERT!!

The entire cast of 'The Glee Project' returned to provide emotional and moral support, as well as participate in both the Homework challenge and the video shoot. It was a great way to remember all those faces, and hope that maybe Ryan Murphy can find a way to at least give some of them a cameo in the upcoming season.

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The Final Cut Before the Finale of 'The Glee Project' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 15th 2011 2:54AM
'The Glee Project'With next week's finale looming, the final four contestants on 'The Glee Project' (Sun., 9PM ET on Oxygen) were definitely feeling the pressure. We'd imagine, though, that Ryan Murphy and everyone behind the scenes was just as nervous about the results. After all, this person is being promised a long-term guest spot on the show.

They've got to make sure it's someone they can be inspired to build a character arc for, and someone they believe can stand next to their current cast both as an actor and as a performer. It's a pretty daunting position for both sides of the competition.

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What to Watch: TV Picks for August 15-21

by Laura Prudom, posted Aug 14th 2011 3:00PM
Bachelor PadMONDAY, AUGUST 15

'Bachelor Pad' (8PM ET, ABC)

TV's most trainwreck-y reality show is back for the summer, and after last week's eventful season premiere, things are only going to get messier. This week sees our 'Bachelor/ette' alums competing in a Q&A contest where they'll throw paint-filled eggs at targets on each others' backs to answer questions like "least attractive" and "least deserving of $250,000" in the hope of winning immunity for the week. Ouch.

'Gloria: In Her Own Words' (9PM ET, HBO) special presentation
This engaging and important documentary on iconic women's rights activist Gloria Steinem documents her rise from troubled Midwestern child, to dissatisfied New York writer, to public face of the feminist movement.

'The Lying Game' (9PM ET, ABC Family) series premiere
This mysterious drama series lands somewhere between 'The Parent Trap' and The CW's new thriller 'Ringer,' centering around two separated-at-birth twins who meet for the first time in their teens and trade identities as they search for their biological mother. But when privileged Sutton fails to return to her old life, foster kid Emma must decide whether to keep up her sister's charade.

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Could Lindsay Become the Next Lea Michele on 'The Glee Project?' (VIDEO)

by Mike Moody, posted Aug 8th 2011 3:37AM
glee project lindsayCould it be? Have we found the next Lea Michele?

On the latest episode of 'The Glee Project' (Sun., 9PM on OXY), 'Glee' boss Ryan Murphy told contestant Lindsay that she could become the next sing-along superstar on his hit show -- if only she showed her vulnerable side a little more.

Hearing Murphy tell her exactly what he was looking for inspired Lindsay to drop her "perfect" veneer and to shed a few tears while revealing that she was adopted, and that she struggles to fit in with her family, which is full of jocks.

"I'm not perfect like they are, so I strive," she said.

Sounds 'Glee'-enough to us. What do you think? Was Murphy being a little too harsh on Lindsay, or were his words exactly what she needed to hear?

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Cameron Quits 'The Glee Project' Despite Ryan Murphy's Efforts (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 1st 2011 4:45PM
Cameron Mitchell leaves 'The Glee Project'Cameron Mitchell had been close to leaving 'The Glee Project' (Sundays, 9PM on Oxygen) before, and not of his own volition. But he battled his way back to become a fan favorite, only to walk away on Sunday's episode by his own choice, and over the objections of 'Glee' creator Ryan Murphy, who didn't want him to leave.

Onstage to sing for his place in the competition, Mitchell said he was done. "I feel like that, you know, maybe this isn't for me," he told the judges. "Well how 'bout you let us make that decision for you right now?" said Murphy. "'Cause I don't feel like I'm willing to give up on you right now."

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Cameron Can't Stand the Cold When the Kids Get Slushied on 'The Glee Project' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 25th 2011 3:12AM
Cameron, 'The Glee Project'It was like a rite of passage on this week's installment of 'The Glee Project' (Sun., 9PM ET on Oxygen). For the video shoot, the kids were going to get slushied. It's an exciting thing, and certainly something the cast of 'Glee' knows a lot about.

But for Cameron, it was apparently just a bit too much for him. Now, everyone's threshold for pain and tolerance of any kind is different, so maybe he's more sensitive to the cold than everyone else who's still left in the competition, but he was absolutely struggling.

"All I can think about is I think my body temperature just dropped 30 degrees and I'm about to go into hypothermic coma or something," he said later.

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Matheus Gets Emotional on 'The Glee Project' (VIDEO)

by Mike Moody, posted Jul 18th 2011 9:00AM
the glee projectMatheus broke down after performing in a pair of challenging duets on this week's episode of 'The Glee Project' (Sun., 9PM on OXY).

Things came to a head after the video performances, with little Matheus crying over all the drama with Alex.

"Don't freaking blame this on me, OK," a teary-eyed Matheus pleaded with Alex, the contestant everyone thought was marked for elimination at the end of the episode.

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Matheus Goes for Sexy With a Shirtless Solo on 'The Glee Project' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 11th 2011 1:32AM
Matheus Fernandes, 'The Glee Project'One of the standout personalities on 'The Glee Project' (Sun., 9PM ET on Oxygen) is Matheus Fernandes. The diminutive contender has admitted to being very fond of his abs, and so he must have decided to share them this week.

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Fernandes continued his up-down run on the show. In the first week he won the homework challenge, earning a featured spot in the video for that week. The next week he was in danger of getting eliminated. Then, last week, he again won the homework challenge. So it was no surprise, that he continued the pattern and fell at risk this week.

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Kathie Lee and Hoda Discuss the 'Glee' Cast Shake-Up With Rob Shuter (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 5th 2011 2:35PM
Rob Shuter talks 'Glee' on 'Today'AOL's Rob Shuter stopped by the fourth hour of 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC) to kick around the news that 'Glee' actor Chord Overstreet will not be returning to the show. According to Shuter, that may be just the beginning of the cast overhaul: 'Glee' creator Ryan Murphy doesn't want his high school suspended in time with kids who never graduate, a la '90210,' and Overstreet's character Sam's departure is a reflection of that.

"He was in the season last year, he was terrific, everybody loved him," said Shuter. Nevertheless, Overstreet is gone, and there has been news that Murphy will push his other stars out when they graduate. "He said that these kids shouldn't be at school for ten years, that he wants them to graduate, he wants new cast, he wants fresh blood," said Shuter.

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Marissa Reveals a Dark Secret From Her Past on 'The Glee Project' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 27th 2011 3:45AM
Marissa von Bleicken, 'The Glee Project'The kids of 'The Glee Project' (Sun., 9PM ET on Oxygen) took a page from the 'Glee' series literally in this week's video challenge. Each of them was to wear a sign with a word on it proclaiming their greatest insecurities. Some were more powerful than others, but perhaps no one took the challenge to heart as Marissa did.

Initially she had the word FLAWED, but after seeing Alex bravely wearing a sign reading GAY, she realized she couldn't be so vague in her choice. "It's not right for me to walk out with a sign that says FLAWED and then not really specifically address issues that I had in the past."

So she changed her sign, and in the video shoot it read ANOREXIC. "Part of me is proud of myself for mustering up the courage to be honest for once, but wearing the sign is just as bad as I thought it was gonna be."

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'The Glee Project': A Reality Success or Failure?

by Stephanie Earp, posted Jun 20th 2011 4:00PM


Critics have been predicting the demise of 'American Idol' and the singing competition for years now, despite all evidence to the contrary. The departure of Simon Cowell didn't kill 'Idol' after all, and our appetite for amateur vocalists being thrust into the sudden -- and often short-lived -- glare of the spotlight doesn't seem to have cooled. And then two seasons ago, fact was turned into fiction with the arrival of 'Glee.'

Now, the high school musical has created a reality spin-off that may nod its head to the competitive series than made room in our imaginations for a show like 'Glee,' but moves at a very different pace from the 'Idols' and 'Got Talents', which are essentially just modern variants on the variety show. 'The Glee Project' debuted in the US two weeks ago on Oxygen and starts up on Sunday June 26 on Slice in Canada.

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'Glee' Original Characters to Graduate McKinley High in 2012, New Ones Will be Added

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jun 20th 2011 7:00AM
'Glee' castRachel, Finn, Quinn and Puck fans: Brace yourselves. It will soon be time to say farewell to the original McKinley High kids as 'Glee' boss Ryan Murphy confirmed that the characters who were juniors last season will graduate in May 2012.

Speaking on Ryan Seacrest's radio show on Friday, Murphy said that the upcoming Season 3 will be senior year for the original cast.

"I don't think of it in terms of eliminating or replacing. Because I think the thing about this cast is people love them and they are incredibly talented. They've left sort of an indelible mark," he said.

"The thing that I wanted to do and the cast wanted to do, we didn't want to have a show where they were in high school for eight years. We really wanted it to be true to that experience. We thought it would be really cool if we were true to the timeline."

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