The Glee Project on FOUR

8:30pm – Monday, August 15 on FOUR

The young actors competing for a guest role on Glee find themselves in the presence of a genuine Broadway star when Glee veteran Idina Menzel guest stars in The Glee Project, screening on Monday, August 15 th at 8:30pm on FOUR.

As The Glee Project continues its competition for the next Gleek, Glee creator Ryan Murphy reveals that the series’ winner will become Sue Sylvester’s (Jane Lynch) new nemesis in Glee’s upcoming season. “The winner of The Glee Project is the person who she hates the most in the history of the show,” Murphy explains.

Next season, Murphy says Sue will get a new love interest and run for Congress, but her motivation to take down her new opponent will keep her tied to McKinley High.

“The Glee Project winner is Sue Sylvester’s new arch-enemy and she is going to destroy their life,” he says. “The winning contestant has no idea yet that he or she will be going toe-to-toe with Lynch,” Murphy continues. While viewers won’t find out which of the remaining finalists will take the top prize for several weeks, the winner has already made quite an impression on the cast of Glee, as well as Murphy.

“The person that won, for me, the reason why I chose them was because they had the exact same thing that Lea Michele has, that Chris Colfer has, that Darren Criss has, which is they are a star and I want to write for them,” Murphy explains. “They just inspired me and they inspired the rest of the regulars of the Glee cast, many of whom were mentors during the show. I would go to them and I would say, ‘Help me cast this. What do you guys think?'”

In addition to asking the cast for input, Murphy says he was able to rely heavily on casting director Robert Ulrich to find the right talent for the series.

“How he cast this and gave me the finalists was very similar to how he did the Glee pilot. All I said was I want people who are unknown and I want creative stars,” Murphy says. “They don’t have to be beautiful, they don’t have to be handsome, they just have to be talented and they have to have moving stories. That, at the end of the day, is what I’ve always done and what we do on Glee.”

But which of the hopefuls is the one who Murphy and co. think has what it takes to stand up to the notorious Sue Sylvester? Don’t miss your chance to get one step closer to finding out the answer to this when The Glee Project continues on Monday, August 15 th at 8:30pm on FOUR.

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