After eight weeks of grueling competition, last night’s episode of Oxygen's THE GLEE-inspired challenge when Kevin McHale (GLEE's Artie Abrams) showed the contenders how to put others first for "Generosity" week. Children from Education Through Music-Los Angeles (ETM-LA), a non-profit organization with the mission to provide music education to disadvantaged schools, joined the contenders in performing My Chemical Romance’s "Sing."
In a game changing twist, all four contenders were required to do a last chance performance for Ryan Murphy and guest, GLEE co-creator and writer, Ian Brennan, who ultimately decided who would not be called back. Lindsay Pearce belted an impressive version of “Defying Gravity” from the musical “Wicked,” Alex Newell sang a moving tribute to his father with the Gospel hymn “His Eye Is On The Sparrow,” Damian McGinty performed jazz classic “I Gotta Be Me” (made famous by Sammy Davis Jr.), and Samuel Larsen rounded out the performances with another jazz standard “My Funny Valentine.” In the dramatic final moments of last night’s episode, each contender was spared from elimination.
On the season finale, the four remaining contenders will have the chance to prove themselves to Ryan Murphy for the last time as they perform their most exhilarating group number yet, Pink’s “Raise Your Glass,” while anxiously waiting to find out who wins the grand prize - a seven episode guest starring role on “Glee.” A surprise guest from GLEE joins the group to mentor them on their final performance on THE GLEE PROJECT.
Continuing in the theme of last night’s episode of generosity, on Saturday, August 20, the four finalists will be performing at Project Angel Food’s annual Angel Awards in Los Angeles, which is honoring Dante Di Loreto, Executive Producer of the hit series GLEE, THE GLEE PROJECT and the upcoming AMERICAN HORROR STORY. Project Angel Food's mission is to nourish the body and spirit of men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS, cancer, and other life-threatening illnesses.
From Ryan Murphy, the creator and Emmy® award-winning executive producer of GLEE, and executive producer of GLEE Dante Di Loreto, THE GLEE PROJECT is a 10-episode competition series seeking to find the next star of GLEE and will award one winner with the ultimate prize of a seven-episode role in season three of the hit FOX show. The series began with 12 extraordinarily talented individuals that were picked from thousands of entries, and an exhaustive nationwide and online talent search. The series uncovers a unique group of artists from both professional and amateur backgrounds, proving every underdog has a fighting chance at stardom. Each week one contender is sent home through intensive rounds of singing, dancing and acting based assignments. During the final ‘Last Chance Round,’ the bottom three must perform for Ryan Murphy, casting director Robert Ulrich, and choreographer Zach Woodlee as they carefully assess which of them has what it takes to be one of the next new faces of the award-winning show.
For fans who want more of the THE GLEE PROJECT, Microsoft’s search engine Bing is partnering with Oxygen to host the Bing Fan Favorite Contest, allowing fans to vote for their own favorite contenders. Shazam is also partnering with Oxygen to allow viewers to use the Shazam app to unlock exclusive content from each episode of the show.
THE GLEE PROJECT is produced by Ryan Murphy Television and Embassy Row with Ryan Murphy, Dante Di Loreto, Michael Davies and Shauna Minoprio serving as executive producers.
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