When The Glee Project resumes its second season on Tuesday, June 5 at 10/9c, the Glee competitors will take on the homework assignment of singing “Born This Way” by Lady Gaga. As well, The Glee Project contenders will sing in front of guest judge/mentor, Lea Michele, who plays Rachel Berry on the regular Glee series, as they work to impress Glee creator Ryan Murphy for a spot on the popular musical series.
Lea Michele joins the mentor panel that features Glee producer Robert Ulrich, choreographer Zach Woodlee, vocal coach Nikke Anders, and Glee co-creator and writer Ian Brennan.
So, with The Glee Project back on the Oxygen airwaves, how does Zach Woodlee feel about the new crop of singers in relation to what Ryan Murphy is looking for in a new character?
“The beautiful thing of the show is that week-by-week, off camera Ryan will talk to Robert and I separately. As he gets to know these contenders more, it’s inspirational to him and he sees how he can make a fit into the show.”
After its first season, The Glee Project produced stars in winner Damian McGinty and runner-up Samuel Larsen who both earned characters on in the third season of Glee.
Although The Glee Project welcomed a new crop of singers last week, which includes former America’s Got Talent competitor and Justin Bieber look-a-like, Dani Shay, Zach Woodlee recently revealed to The Deadbolt that the show’s philosophy remains the same in terms of what Ryan Murphy wants next.
“Part of the magic of the show is that every week, Robert and I, our job is really to sort of preserve the contenders in the competition as long as possible to make sure they’re ready to be up for Ryan. And when Ryan does see them, it’s really their opportunity to inspire him. So it ends up becoming this wonderful [process]. You see Ryan’s mind working week to week as he’s seeing who’s in the bottom and who’s going to perform for him. I think it’s more inspiration than trying to fit a certain mold.”
The Glee Project airs Tuesday nights on Oxygen at 10/9c.