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Season Two
Glee-project-season-2-contestants
Began June 5, 2012
Ended August 14, 2012
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Season Two is the second season of The Glee Project. It aired in the summer of 2012, from June 5 until August 14. The competition was won by Blake Jenner beating Ali Stroker and Aylin Bayramoglu in the finale.

About

Season two of The Glee Project will return with Ryan Murphy and Dante Di Loreto continuing as executive producers, along with series executive producers Michael Davies and Shauna Minoprio of Embassy Row. During the eleven week run of the series, The Glee Project contenders will be narrowed down through intensive rounds of homework assignments, singing, dancing and acting-based assignments as the creative forces of Glee carefully assess who has what it takes to be one of the next new faces of the award-winning show. Murphy will once again join casting director Robert Ulrich and choreographer and Glee co-producer Zach Woodlee in the final deliberations of each installment of the series. Vocal coach Nikki Anders, who mentored the contenders on-air in season one, joins the judging panel in season two each week as a permanent member. Additionally, continuing with the format of season one, Glee series regulars will appear on The Glee Project as guest mentors, including Lea Michele (Rachel Berry on Glee) in the show's premiere episode.

Casting

Open casting calls for season two took place in Chicago, Nashville and New York, in addition to a competitive online search.

The possible audition songs were:

  • The Edge of Glory by Lady Gaga
  • You and I by Lady Gaga
  • I'm Yours by Jason Mraz
  • Drops of Jupiter by Train
  • Unchained Melody by Righteous Brothers
  • Before He Cheats by Carrie Underwood
  • Ordinary People by John Legend
  • This Kiss by Faith Hill
  • Out Here on My Own from the musical Fame

Contest Process

Each episode of The Glee Project is given an overall theme and covers events that have taken place in about the time span of a week.

Homework assignment

Contenders are given a "homework assignment" that entails learning and practicing segments of a chosen song. At the beginning of each episode, contenders perform their respective parts of the song in front of a mystery guest judge from the Glee cast. The contenders that completes the homework best is given a one-on-one session with the guest star and a principal part in the music video.

Music video (group performance)

Contenders then create a music video "inspired by the performances on Glee." In preparation for the music video, contenders record parts of a song in a professional studio with vocal producer Nikki (née Hassman) Anders. They also learn choreography from Zach Woodlee and/or Brooke Lipton, his assistant. The music video is shot by video producer Erik White and the entire process is overseen by Glee's casting director Robert Ulrich.

Callbacks

During callbacks, the bottom three are revealed. They are critiqued by Robert Ulrich, Zach Woodlee, and Nikki Anders about their performances. They are then assigned a song that they will perform in hopes of being "saved."

Last chance recital

The bottom three of the week perform their assigned songs in front of Ryan Murphy himself. With input from Woodlee, Ulrich, and Anders, a decision is made and one of the bottom three is eliminated.

Final callbacks

Unlike most reality competition shows, contenders are not directly informed of their elimination. Rather, the bottom three are notified when "the list is up" and discover their fate as they find their name on the list. Following the final callbacks, the eliminated contenders sings lead on a segment of "Keep Holding On" by Avril Lavigne with the rest of the contenders as backup.

Contenders

Contenders Age Hometown Result Date Eliminated
Blake Jenner 19 Miami, FL WON August 14, 2012
Ali Stroker 24 New York, NY RUNNER-UP August 14, 2012
Aylin Bayramoglu 19 Chicago, IL RUNNER-UP August 14, 2012
Lily Mae Harrington 18 Cape Cod, MA OUT August 6, 2012
Michael Weisman 18 Chicago, IL OUT August 6, 2012
Shanna Henderson 21 Auburn, AL OUT July 31, 2012
Abraham Lim 24 Queens, New York/San Diego, CA OUT July 24, 2012
Nellie Veitenheimer 19 Tacoma, WA OUT July 17, 2012
Charlie Lubeck 22 Chicago, IL OUT July 10, 2012
Mario Bonds 24 Lanham, MD OUT July 3, 2012
Tyler Ford 21 Boca Raton, FL OUT June 26, 2012
Dani Shay 23 Orlando, FL OUT June 12, 2012
Taryn Mai 22 Detroit, MI QUIT June 12, 2012
Maxfield Camp 22 Nashville, TN OUT June 5, 2012

Contender Progress

Episode 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Blake IN IN HIGH IN RISK IN IN HIGH WIN RISK WON
Ali IN IN LOW IN RISK HIGH WIN WIN HIGH RISK FINALIST
Aylin RISK IN IN IN WIN RISK IN LOW RISK RISK FINALIST
Lily Mae LOW RISK RISK IN IN WIN RISK RISK HIGH OUT
Michael IN HIGH IN RISK IN LOW LOW RISK LOW OUT
Shanna WIN IN IN LOW IN IN IN HIGH OUT
Abraham IN WIN IN IN RISK IN RISK OUT
Nellie IN LOW WIN HIGH RISK RISK OUT
Charlie IN IN RISK WIN RISK OUT
Mario LOW IN RISK IN OUT
Tyler RISK RISK IN OUT
Dani IN OUT
Taryn LOW QUIT
Maxfield OUT

 IN   The contender was not at risk of elimination.
 WON  The contender won The Glee Project.
 FINALIST  The contender made it to the finale but did not win.
 WIN  The contender won the homework assignment and was first on the callback list.
 WIN  The contender won the homework assignment and was cited as needing improvement but was not at risk of elimination.
 WIN  The contender won the homework assignment, but was at risk for elimination.
 HIGH  The contender was first on the callback list and not at risk of elimination.
 LOW  The contender was cited as needing improvement but was not at risk of elimination.
 RISK  The contender had to do a Last Chance Performance and was at risk of being eliminated.
 RISK  The contender had to do a Last Chance Performance but was not at risk of being eliminated.
 OUT  The contender won the homework assignment, but was eliminated from the competition.
 OUT  The contender was eliminated.
 QUIT  The contender withdrew from the competition.

Episode Progress

Week Title Guest Mentor HWA HWA Winner Music Video Eliminated
0 The Final 14 Samuel Larsen
Damian McGinty Jr.
Alex Newell
None None The Edge of Glory None
1 Individuality Lea Michele Born This Way Shanna Here I Go Again Maxfield
2 Dance-ability Samuel Larsen We Got The Beat Abraham Party Rock Anthem Taryn (Quit)
& Dani
3 Vulnerability Cory Monteith My Life Would
Suck Without You
Nellie Everybody Hurts None
4 Sexuality Naya Rivera I Wanna Sex
You Up
Charlie Moves Like Jagger/
Milkshake
Tyler
5 Adaptability Kevin McHale You Oughta Know Aylin Price Tag Mario
6 Fearlessness Jane Lynch Now That We
Found Love
Lily Mae Hit Me With Your
Best Shot/One Way
or Another
Charlie
7 Theatricality Grant Gustin I Hope I Get It Ali When I Grow Up Nellie
8 Tenacity Amber Riley Survivor Ali Eye Of The Tiger Abraham
9 Romanticality Darren Criss More Than Words Blake We Found Love Shanna
10 Actability Dianna Agron Addicted To Love Michael Perfect Michael &
Lily Mae
11 Glee-ality Chris Colfer You Can't Stop
The Beat
All Tonight Tonight None

Homework Progress

Contender 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Ali NC NC FB NC HIGH NC WIN WIN HIGH HIGH
Aylin NC HIGH NC FB WIN HIGH NC HIGH FB HIGH
Blake NC NC NC HIGH NC NC NC NC WIN HIGH
Lily Mae HIGH NC FB NC NC WIN HIGH FB FB FB
Michael NC NC NC NC HIGH FB FB NC FB WIN
Shanna WIN HIGH HIGH NC HIGH NC NC NC FB
Abraham NC WIN FB NC NC NC NC FB
Nellie NC NC WIN FB NC FB FB
Charlie NC NC NC WIN HIGH NC
Mario HIGH NC NC NC NC
Tyler NC FB NC NC
Dani FB NC
Taryn NC QUIT
Maxfield NC

NC    The contender had no comments from the mentor.
 FB  The mentor gave the contender feedback since his/her performance could've been better.
 HIGH  The contender impressed the mentor but was not chosen as the Homework Assignment Winner.
 WIN  The contender won the homework assignment.
 QUIT  The contender quit the competition before performing the week's homework assignment.

Callback order

Ryan's callback order
Order Episodes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
1 Shanna Michael Blake Nellie Aylin Lily Ali Ali Lily Ali Blake
2 Charlie Blake Abraham Blake Shanna Ali Shanna Shanna Ali Aylin Ali
3 Ali Shanna Michael Mario Lily Shanna Blake Blake Michael Blake Aylin
4 Michael Aylin Shanna Aylin Michael Blake Aylin Aylin Aylin Lily
5 Blake Charlie Aylin Abraham Blake Abraham Michael Lily Blake Michael
6 Abraham Mario Tyler Ali Nellie Michael Lily Michael Shanna
7 Nellie Ali Ali Lily Ali Nellie Abraham Abraham
8 Dani Nellie Nellie Shanna Charlie Aylin Nellie
9 Mario Abraham Lily Michael Abraham Charlie
10 Lily Lily  Mario Charlie Mario
11 Taryn Tyler Charlie Tyler
12 Aylin Dani
13 Tyler Taryn
14 Maxfield
 OUT  The contender was eliminated
 W/O  The contender won the homework assignment that week and was eliminated.
CALLED BACK  The contender had to perform a last chance performance but was called back.
 WON  The contender won the homework assignment that week.
 LEFT  The contender left the competition
 WINNER  The contender won the competition

Episodes

Title Original Airdate U.S. Viewers
(in millions)
TGPS02E01

Individuality

June 5, 2012 0.389

Lea Michele and Ryan Murphy are guest mentors in the first episode of the second season of the Glee Project. The fourteen sing Born This Way as their homework assignment and Shanna is chosen as the winner. The group perform Here I Go Again as their music video and the bottom three are picked out - Aylin, Tyler and Maxfield. Aylin sings Without You, Tyler sings ABC and Maxfield sings Always On My Mind. In the end, Maxfield is eliminated. He sings Keep Holding On with the other contenders before he leaves.

The-glee-project-2-episode-202-004

Dance-ability

June 12, 2012 0.474
Samuel Larsen guest mentors in the second episode of the second season of the Glee Project. The thirteen sing We Got the Beat as their homework assignment and Abraham is chosen as the winner. The group perform Party Rock Anthem as their music video. The judges thought that the video shoot was absolutely terrible. The bottom three are picked out- Dani, Tyler, and Lily . Dani sings Landslide, Tyler sings Daniel and Lily sings Man, I Feel Like a Woman. In the end, Dani is eliminated. She sings Keep Holding On with the other contenders before she leaves.
The-glee-project-episode-203-065

Vulnerability

June 19, 2012 0.487
Cory Monteith guest mentors in the third episode of the second season of the Glee Project. The eleven remaining contenders sing My Life Would Suck Without You as their homework assignment and Nellie is chosen as the winner. The group perform Everybody Hurts as their music video, impressing the mentors with their acting skills. The bottom three are picked out - Lily Mae, Charlie and Mario. Lily sings Mercy, Charlie sings Fix You and Mario sings Somewhere Over the Rainbow. The mentors decide to not eliminate anyone, leaving the three to fend for another week. The three sing Keep Holding On together happily as the episode ends.
The-glee-project-episode-204-025

Sexuality

June 26, 2012 0.640
Naya Rivera guest mentors for the provocative fourth episode of the second season of the Glee Project. With the revival of the Sexuality theme, the eleven contenders sing I Wanna Sex You Up. Naya compliments many, but Charlie wins the homework assignment, and is awarded a stand-out moment in the music video Moves LIke Jagger/Milkshake. The video shoot goeswell, with several unexpected contestants rising or falling to the challenge. In the end, Charlie (for directing his peers), Tyler (for fading to the background), and Michael (for continuously forgetting the lyrics) are in the Bottom 3. Charlie sings I Get a Kick Out of You, Tyler sings Smile and Michael sings Lucky. In the end, Tyler was eliminated and he sings his rendition of Keep Holding On.
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Adaptability

July 3, 2012 0.495
Kevin McHale guest mentors for the fifth episode of the second season of the Glee Project, where the contenders are forced to adapt to a number of situations. The contenders are forced to each perform a solo of You Oughta Know in a twist, and Kevin picks Aylin as the winner. The group perform Price Tag as their group number, not learning of the song until recording, and learning choreography on set. In another twist, a bottom six is chosen instead of three, so they perform duets - Nellie & Blake sing "Waiting for a Girl/Boy Like You," Ali & Abraham sing "Last Friday Night" and Charlie & Mario sing "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me." Abraham, Charlie & Mario are picked as the Bottom 3, and Mario is eliminated. He sings Keep Holding On as the episode closes.
The-glee-project-episode-206-088

Fearlessness

July 10, 2012 0.507
Jane Lynch guest mentors for the sixth episode of the second season of the Glee Project. With the new theme ‘Fearlessness’, the nine remaining contenders sing Now That We Found Love. After being chosen as homework winner, Lily Mae has a featured moment in the music video, in which the contenders are being slushied, the mash-up Hit Me With Your Best Shot/One Way or Another. In the end, Aylin, Charlie and Nellie find themselves in the bottom three. Aylin sings Take A Bow, Charlie It's Not Unusual and Nellie If I Were A Boy. After doing four last chance performances in a row, Charlie is eliminated from the Glee Project and has to sing Keep Holding On.
WhenIGrowUp

Theatricality

July 17, 2012 0.342
Grant Gustin guest mentors for the seventh episode of the second season of the Glee Project. With the revival theme being Theatricality, the eight remaining contenders sing I Hope I Get It. Ali is chosen as the homework winner, where she'll have a featured in the music video. The music video, When I Grow Up will be about grocery store clerks fantasizing about becoming rock stars. Each contender is assigned a different pop star for the song. In the end, Nellie, Abraham, and Lily are in the bottom three. Nellie sings I'm the Only One, Abraham sings Stereo Hearts, and Lily sings Someone Like You. After doing two solo last chance performances and one duet last chance performance, Nellie is eliminated from The Glee Project and has to sing Keep Holding On.
Eyeofthetiger9

Tenacity

July 24, 2012 0.357
Glee Diva, Amber Riley guest mentors for the eighth episode of the second season of the Glee Project. The theme of Tenacity is revived, and the 7 remaining contenders perform Survivor for her. Ali is chosen as the homework winner for the second week running. The music video, Eye Of The Tiger requires the contenders to suffer through a series of stunts for the shoot, and do it all in one shot, meaning if someone messes up, the shoot starts again. In the end, Abraham, Michael & Lily Mae are in the bottom three. Abraham sings Man In The Mirror, Michael sings Brick and Lily Mae sings I'm The Greatest Star. In the end, Ryan eliminates Abraham, and he sings Keep Holding On before leaving.
Wefoundlove

Romanticality

July 31, 2012 0.339
Romantic Darren Criss mentors for the ninth episode of the second season of the Glee Project. A new theme is introduced; Romanticality. The remaining contenders perform More Than Words for him in pairs. Blake is chosen as the homework winner for the first time. The music video is We Found Love, and the contenders will perform in pairs once more. Half of the contenders struggle, while other clearly show chemistry between them and their partner. Aylin, Blake, and Shanna are in the bottom three. Aylin sings The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, Blake sings Losing My Religion, and Shanna sings What Doesn't Kill You (Stronger). In the end, after performing only one last chance performance, Shanna is sent home. She sings Keep Holding On before she leaves.
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Actability

August 7, 2012 0.447
Actress Dianna Agron mentors for the tenth episode of the second season of the Glee Project.  Since the theme is Actability, the remaining contenders will sing Addicted To Love while Dianna holds up cards to tell them each which emotion to act as they take turns starting in on their parts.  Michael is chosen as the homework winner for the first time.  This time, the music video is really a movie trailer for a movie called Perfect.  The remaining contenders do sing the song Perfect by Pink for the background, but the main emphasis is on their acting in the trailer.  Blake is particularly praised for his acting in the video, while Lily Mae can't seem to deliver the line to Ali.  All five are asked to do last chance performances for the Glee writers.  Michael sings Girls Just Want To Have Fun.  Lily Mae sings Son Of A Preacher Man.  Ali sings Here's To Us.  Blake sings I'm Still Standing.  Aylin sings Fighter.  In the end, it's a double elimination with both Michael and Lily Mae singing Keep Holding On together before they leave.

Trivia

  • On the 3rd of July, The Glee Project received it's first Trend on Twitter, this being "Nellie and Blake" after Nellie and Blake performed Waiting For A Girl/Boy Like You.
  • It was the first season and (so far) only season to have a double elimination
  • First season to have a mash-up of multiple people's Keep Holding On's.
  • Season Two was chosen by US magazine as #10 in its list of Top Ten Television Shows of 2012. Source
  • This is the last season since season 3 was cancelled.

Gallery

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