Zoe Ambrozewska Staff Writer
In his quest to find fresh faces to rise up through the halls of McKinley High, Ryan Murphy’s ‘The Glee Project’ and the hard work of mentors Robert Ulrich, Zach Woodlee and Nikki Anders have uncovered some real stars over the first two seasons. Here’s a look at what some of your favourites have been up to since their exits from the show:
As joint winner of season one,
Samuel Larsen’s seven-episode arc prize was extended well past the final ten episodes of season three and in to season four, in his role as Joe Hart. As well as this, Samuel is set to appear in the upcoming film ‘Claire’s Cambodia’.
Similar to his victorious season one counterpart,
Damian McGinty’s portrayal of Rory Flanagan was extended to the end of season three, although he has only appeared in one episode of season four so far. Damian also released his first self-titled EP in December 2012.
Season one runner-up
Alex Newell’s prize of two episodes escalated into his now recurring role as Wade ‘Unique’ Adams, a male-to-female transgender student who transferred from Carmel to McKinley High. Despite being accepted to Berklee College of Music, Boston, Alex chose to move to L.A in order to maintain his Glee role for season four.
Fellow season one runner-up
Lindsay Pearce, however, did stick to just the two episodes as Harmony, and has now found herself in theatre (where, in my mind, she belongs). She has starred in El Portal Theatre production of ‘A Snow White Christmas’, as Cathy in ‘The Last Five Years’ at the Brauntex Theatre in Texas, and as the female lead, Wendla Bergman in the L.A Over the Moon Production of ‘Spring Awakening’.
Season one fan-favourite
Cameron Mitchellhas chosen to focus on his music career following his Glee Project exit, releasing his single ‘Not Going Home’ in October 2011, and a Christmas EP, ‘For You’, in December 2012.
Season two’s only winner was all-round adorable heart-throb
Blake Jenner, who is currently melting fangirl hearts (well, mine at least) in his role as Ryder Lynn in Glee season four.
Fans were treated to a surprise appearance by season two runner-up
Ali Strokerin this week’s Glee (4x14 – I Do) in her brilliant portrayal of Emma’s niece Betty. As well as this, after the end of the show Ali entered into a (very, very cute) relationship with fellow contestant
Following her shock early exit from season two,
Shanna Hendersonand her powerful, powerful vocals have not wasted any time, having already released her EP ‘Lost Love’ (featuring four tracks), as well as two additional songs ‘Burning’ and ‘11/24’, and is currently writing songs for an album.
Special season two mentions go to
Michael Weismanand their band Far and Away, and
Abraham Limwho has continued to work on covers and live shows.