Oxygen's Glee Project Searches for Next Brittany...

Or Santana. Or Blaine. Or even Mike Chang.

Basically, The Glee Project is “serious about growing talent” for Season 3 of its Fox counterpart, and with Glee bosses Ryan Murphy and Dante Di Loreto at the helm, that’s exactly what they intend to do.

First thing’s first: The Glee Project is not Glee. It is a reality series that aims to find the next big Glee star, via MySpace submissions and lots and lots of casting calls.

“We’re very serious about growing talent,” Di Loreto said Thursday at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour. “If you look at Heather Morris, Naya Rivera, Harry Shum Jr… [they] all started as guest stars and grew as their characters developed into series regulars.”

The man responsible for finding the next Gleek is none other than Glee‘s own casting director, Robert Ulrich. “I’m casting Project in the exact same manner that I approach Glee,” he explained. “It started with seeing 34,000 people on MySpace with a team. Then I had industry auditions in Los Angeles and saw industry people from all over the world on tape. And then we had an open call in Chicago and an open call in Fort Worth. So it’s about 40,000 people that I’ve now narrowed down to about 80-85, and at the end of that they’ll compete three days next week. After that, we will have a cast of about 12.”

In keeping with Glee‘s theme of acceptance and tolerance, Ulrich says that the “Top 85 are a wonderful mix of all diversity, all kinds of people, including people with disabilities.”

But overall, the goal of the series is not to deliver the crazy reality-show antics that we’ve come to know and love. Rather The Glee Project aims to find another Darren Criss-type phenomenon to join Glee for about seven episodes next season.

“At the end of this,” says executive producer Michael Davies, “we’re going to have one person who’s going to have a role on Glee, so they have to deserve that role.”

The Glee Project premieres this summer on Oxygen. Are you excited to find the next Gleek?

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  1. ggny says:

    yah because that what Glee needs more cast members

  2. Alicia says:

    BOO! I don’t want myspacers and youtubers clogging up my favorite show! How about Ryan dips into the Broadway talent pool some more instead and gives us new cast members like Lea, Jenna, and Jonathan? Just cast the rest of the Spring Awakening kids and call it a day!

  3. Brad says:

    It would be better if we could have storylines for the character who are already on the show outside of all the romantic relationships. If I wanted those I would watch soap. We know nothing about the kids background. It’s time for some Santana, Mike, Tina, Mercedes, Brittany character developement.

      • gillen says:

        i like when people converge into one opinion. its like being psychic. one thing i hate about glee is how they say (the production team) that the plot caters to the life of the underdogs when we can only see a handful of their personal relations outside the school (xept for kurt, rachel, finn, quinn and mr. shoe). i mean, its not only the school they have to cope up into. there should be aspects about there parents, and anything outside mcKinley. it seems that the characters only lives at the school. and i dont think crowding the group with this new faces could create loyalty with the fans. if the story lines extends outside McKinley, murphy wouldn’t have problems making some subplots. sure, the search for this new gleek could create big money and advertisement but murphy should never forget that the helm and focus is still on the glee show.

    • Neptuny says:

      I agree. And what’s more, we need the right kind of character development, not degrading them to shadows of themselves like Sue’s become. (She gets sillier by the episode.)

  4. Dave says:

    Interesting that Brittany is mentioned in the title of the post. Have you kept your eye on her when she is ‘only’ doing backing vocals and dancing? Girl goes wild, bringing more energy to the show oftentimes than the leads!

  5. greg says:

    Ha! I worked as a P.A. on the Chicago auditions for The Glee Project. Though they didn’t specify then what gender they were after.

    I say they should replace Harry Shum Jr. with Gordon Shumway. Similar names, way more consumed cats.

  6. Danielle says:

    Forget auditions – just cast Joey Richter and be done with it! Team Starkid forever!