Oxygen Renews The Glee Project for Season 2

Brace yourselves for more fresh-faced triple-threats battling to become 2012’s answer to Darren Criss and Lea Michele.

Oxygen has renewed The Glee Project, its reality competition series that rewards its winner with a seven-episode arc on the Glee mothership, for a second season, to air this summer.

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Season 2 will feature 14 contestants — two more than last year — singing, dancing, and acting for a judges’ panel of behind-the-scenes players from Glee: executive producer Ryan Murphy, casting director Robert Ulrich, choreographer and co-producer Zach Woodlee, and vocal coach Nikki Anders.

According to an Oxygen release, “second season casting recently wrapped up, with thousands of hopefuls auditioning online and in a multi-city casting tour.”

Season 1 of The Glee Project ended with Murphy naming two winners: Damian McGinty, who has already begun his stint as exchange student Rory Flanagan, and Samuel Larsen, whose arc is expected to air in the second half of Glee‘s third season. A pair of runners-up, Lindsay Pearce and Alex Newell, also scored roles on the show.

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