Review of The Glee Project

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From Ryan Murphy, the creator and executive producer of "Glee," comes a groundbreaking and authentic, ten episode documentary reality series. "The Glee Project" will find and train a group of phenomenally talented performers who will compete against each other to win a role on the hottest show on television. From thousands of entries, and after a nationwide talent search, Robert Ulrich, the casting director for "Glee," will uncover a unique group of artists from both professional and amateur backgrounds. In the true spirit of "Glee," every underdog who has been waiting for the right opportunity to showcase his/her talent now has a fighting chance. Across ten episodes, the hopefuls will be narrowed down through intensive rounds of workshops, "Glee"-themed assignments and call-backs as a team of "Glee" insiders carefully assess which one of them has what it takes to be the next new face, and voice, of "Glee." The stakes are enormous - a prize that money can't buy - a multi-episode guest starring role on "Glee," and a genuine shot at fame and fortune for a talent who truly deserves it.
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Dec 17, 2015 8:14PM EST

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There are a few things that bother me with The Glee Project, it's entertaining and is the same canvas as Glee except it's the "real" life. First thing I noticed was how badly the cuts are made, of course we are shown what the show wants us to see and direct our attention on the people and situations like any other reality show. Second, I quickly got the impression that, despite the goody goody "we're all losers and proud of it, we're gonna inspire kids all over the world" concept of Glee, the contenders had to follow a canvas and had to conform to some expectations. Be different, inspire but on 20 different conditions. One second they are being asked to be true to who they (think they) are, the other second they are leaving because they weren't who the mentors thought they were. I guess I just feel like a fool watching this, everything looked very faked and played to me. I think the concept of it all is nice though, it's light and it's always entertaining to see the "behind the scenes" of a music video, the amount of work it takes and the energy put in a song.


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