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'The Glee Project' Judge Zach Woodlee Is Looking for the 'It Factor'

by Rae Votta, posted Jun 17th 2011 2:00PM
Zach WoodleeWhen 'The Glee Project' premiered last week on Oxygen, the 12 hopefuls were thrown head first into the hectic world of 'Glee.' The contestants' first task was to prepare a big song and dance number for the judges, with Zach Woodlee, 'The Glee Project' (and 'Glee') choreographer, on hand to guide them through the preparations. We caught up with Woodlee to talk about working with the new crew of hopefuls and what we can expect from the reality show.

The choreographer told AOL TV that dancing is just as much a part of the total package he and his fellow judges -- casting director Robert Ulrich and vocal coach Nikki Anders -- are searching for as singing and acting.

"It's not just the best voices that make it through, it's 'it' factor," Woodee said. "We had phenomenal dancers who had voices that were up to par, but a lack of vulnerability. We need someone who views want to keep watching through the journey."

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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."

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