Well, Glee creator Ryan Murphy said we'd be surprised when we found out who won The Glee Project, and he was right. The dread-locked rocker, Samuel Larsen, 19, and the boyish, Irish kid, Damian McGinty, 18, both won Oxygen's talent competition to appear on Season 3 of Glee. And runners-up Alex Newell, 18 (the androgynous African-American kid), and Lindsay Pearce, 20 (the brunette Reese Witherspoon look-alike) will have roles in two episodes each.
"The Glee Project winner is Sue Sylvester's new archenemy and she is going to destroy their life," Murphy told TV Guide. After 10 episodes tested the Glee-ability of 12 young singers and actors hoping to appear on the hit Fox series, Oxygen's The Glee Project ended Sunday win a winner.
Make that two winners!
Samuel Larsen, 19, from Los Angeles, and Damian McGinty, 18, from Derry City, Northern Ireland, were both chosen by Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy to appear on seven-episode story arcs on the comedy, which heads into its third season this fall. Larsen says. "I was so happy Damian got to win as well. I knew when he won, too, it felt like I won twice. I love their voices and their talent and I love them."
While Larsen was already L.A.-based., six other Glee Project contestants have made the move to Hollywood to further their careers, including McGinty, whose family still lives in Ireland. We know nothing," McGinty admits. Glee will be getting two new male cast members for its forthcoming third season after two winners were selected on the finale of reality competition The Glee project last night.
'Thank you all so much...UNBELIEVABLE feeling....i won The Glee Project!' tweeted Damien, who hails from Northern Ireland.
Glee creator Ryan Murphy was only expected to select one winner but ended up choosing two, and also gave runners up Lindsay Pearce and Alex Newell the opportunity to star in two episodes.
Murphy said that Massachusetts based Newell was 'the best singer' among the finalists, calling him the 'lovechild of Kurt [Chris Colfer] and Mercedes [Amber Riley].'
Ryan Murphy told The Hollywood Reporter last month: 'Some of [the contestants] are so talented.
'We’re also writing the part for the winner and it’s quite a great role. Last night, the contestants were supported by some of the Glee cast, including Jenna Ushkowitz, Ashley Fink, Darren Criss and Harry Shum Jr.
Lea Michele, who plays Rachel Berry, tweeted today: 'I'm so excited to have the Glee project winners on our show!