‘Glee Project’ Season 1 Winners Reflect on Experience, Hope to Return
Whether or not Season 1 Glee Project winners (and runners up) lapse to a Fox flagship or not, Damian McGinty, Samuel Larsen, Alex Newell and Lindsay Pearce were beholden for a life-changing experience.
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The 4 reunited recently during a TV Academy in North Hollywood for an Emmy care eventuality for a Oxygen existence foe series, where they collected with Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy, casting executive Robert Ulrich, among others, where they dished on their knowledge — and gave a packaged residence a first-hand proof of their abilities.
“It’s only done me so most improved as a person,” pronounced Newell — who seemed in dual episodes as Vocal Adrenaline’s tip arms Unique. “Thinking that all was going to come easy and we was going to sing my approach by everything, [the show] done me work, it altered my work ethic and it overtly shamed me.”
Newell, who assimilated seven-episode winners McGinty and Larsen for a rousing opening of Glee Project anthem “Sing It” to kick-off a night, wasn’t alone in his appreciation for a unscripted series.
“The final 18 months have been a best time of my life, and we will accept whatever happens and we will pierce on or we would adore to stay on a show,” pronounced McGinty, who achieved Bobby Darin‘s “Somewhere.” (McGinty, Larsen and most of a rest of a Fox musical’s expel will find out their Glee fate in a entrance weeks.)
Following upbeat performances by Larsen (who lonesome “Here We Go Again”) and Newell (who belted out his signature lane “And we Am Telling You I’m Not Going,” from Dreamgirls), visit Glee Project mentor Darren Criss delivered a nude down chronicle of Katy Perry‘s “Teenage Dream,” that he joked he hoped people hadn’t grown sleepy of yet. Pearce, who was on outspoken rest, did not sing.
During a hourlong panel, Murphy — who was in a quite eager mood — sloping his shawl to Ulrich, who is obliged for screening a thousands of submissions for a Oxygen competition (the leader of that receives a seven-episode arc on Glee).
“When we did a initial uncover final year, we taped it and we incited to Robert and said, ‘I unequivocally get how this is going to be: You’re going to be Paula Abdul and I’m going to be Simon [Cowell],’ ” Murphy pronounced to laughs. “Robert is some-more than a casting director, he’s a good cheerleader and roots for people to win.”
Following a sharp-witted panel, a Season 1 winners — along with Murphy, choreographer Zach Woodlee and a rest of a Glee Project experts, mingled with fans where several acted for photos — and presented their headshots to Ulrich.
“People like Damian, Samuel, Alex and Lindsay, we can overtly say, were all people that we knew from a commencement would make it to a tip 80,” Ulrich told THR. “I only knew it.”
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