The Glee Project is an American reality television series from Oxygen. It serves as an audition for the FOX TV series Glee. Although originally planned to begin broadcasting in late May 2011, The Glee Project premiered on June 12, 2011. In Canada, the series began airing on Slice on June 26, 2011 with a two hour extended premiere where the first hour showed the audition process and selection of the Top 12. In the UK, the series began airing on Sky One on July 14, 2011 with a two hour extended premiere where the first hour showed the audition process and selection of the Top 12.
Glee executive producers Ryan Murphy and Dante Di Loreto are executive producers for The Glee Project. Glee's casting director, Robert Ulrich, is casting director for the project.
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.
Contestants are given a "homework assignment" that entails learning and practicing segments of a chosen song. At the beginning of each episode, contestants perform their respective parts of the song in front of a mystery guest judge from the Glee cast. The contestant 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)
Contestants then create a music video "inspired by the performances on Glee". In preparation for the music video, contestants 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 Brook Lipton, his assistant. The entire process is overseen by Glee's casting director Robert Ulrich.
During callbacks, the bottom three are revealed.They are critiqued by Robert Ulrich and Zach Woodlee (in Ep. 8 replaced by 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 and Ulrich, a decision is made and one of the bottom three is eliminated.
Unlike most reality competition shows, contestants 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 contestant sings lead on a segment of "Keep Holding On" by Avril Lavigne with the rest of the contestants as backup.