The Glee Project: Meet the Contestants
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The Glee Project: Meet the Contestants

Los Angeles : CA : USA | May 27, 2012 at 12:21 AM PDT
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The Glee Project

Last summer, “The Glee Project” made it’s debut. Designed to find a new face for the popular musical comedy show to be featured in an arc on the series. Instead of finding one guest role, all four of the finalists found themselves in the show in a few episodes. Ryan Murphy and Robert Ulrich named Samuel Larsen and Celtic Thunder teen Damian McGinty the winner of the competition and earned themselves a seven show guest appearance; while Lindsay Pearce and Alex Newell each earned a guest appearance in two episodes.

After a success first year, “The Glee Project returns June 5 on Oxygen with 14 new contestants hoping for the grand prize of a repeat guest starring role as they vie each week to move on by impressing the judges with their singing, dancing, and acting. “Glee” creator Ryan Murphy and casting director Robert Ulrich will return to “The Glee Project” for the second season.

Meet the new contestants on “The Glee Project”…

Tyler is a 21 year old performance veteran from Boca Raton, Florida. Tyler is a multi instrumentalist, bi-racial, Jewish, transgender student at Vanderbilt University and calls on the music of Lady Gaga for his inspiration.

Eighteen year old Michael may be the youngest member of this season’s contestants, but don’t let that mislead you; Michael is an eight year performance veteran and a member in a blues band who has performed at the House of Blues in Chicago and in Tokyo. When he isn’t making music, Michael likes spending time in the kitchen and doing calculus.

Former high school football jock Maxfield has turned in his helmet and pads for manuscript paper and a microphone. For the past year 22 year old Maxfield has been singing and writing country music.

Twenty-four year old Mario is one of three – triplets. Totally blind since the age of nine, Mario is a singer, songwriter, multi instrumentalist, dancer, and actor who has not allowed his lack of physical vision slow down his inner vision.

Blake does more than juggle singing and acting…he is also a juggler and a parrot salesman. The 19 year old sings, plays drums, and acts; he has been performing since he was a child.

Chicago native Charlie has not let a case of severe ADHD and low-spectral autism show him down; the 22 year old has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in acting and has performed in Europe.

Legal aid Abraham is a 24 year old entertainment newcomer who has put law school to pursue a career the entertainment. Abraham calls Queens and San Diego his home.

Orlando’s Dani caught the entertainment bug while she was still a wee lass in elementary school. At age 16 she added guitar playing and songwriting to her talents. Making it to the top 48 on “America’s Got Talent” last season, Dani has release four albums; and has built quite an online following.

At 19, Nellie finds herself the youngest member of a swing band in her home of Tacoma, Washington. Along with singing, Nellie plays the piano, plays guitar, and writes music. When not performing or working as a barista, Nellie can be found with a camera in her hand shooting photographs.

Aylin is a vocal jazz performance major at Rossevelt University and the originator of the first female a cappella group at Loyola Academy. Aylin is from a traditional Turkish Muslim family.

For the past four seasons “Glee” has featured a cast member – Kevin McHale as Artie Abrams – who uses a wheelchair. Twenty-four year old Ali hopes to become the first cast member who’s wheelchair is more than just a prop, but a part of her life. Ali has spent most of her life as a part of the New York City performance scene.

Lily Mae is an 18 year old from Cape Cod who as a part of a musical family has been singing all of her life. For the past six years, Lily Mae has expanded her talents into musical theatre.

Auburn Tiger Shanna is an experienced brass player specializing in trombone and tuba; the 17 year music veteran has also found time for sports and choir.

Until very recently Taryn has never been on an airplane, but she often flies as a trained aerialist. When not performing, Taryn likes cooking and painting.

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"Edge of Glory" from season 2 of "The Glee Project"
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