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Well, Glee creator Ryan Murphy said we'd be surprised when we found out who won The Glee Project, and he was right. Even viewers who correctly predicted which contestant would win the seven-episode arc on Glee (premiering Tuesday, Aug. 23, at 8 p.m. ET on Fox) turned out to be wrong -- because there were actually two winners.
The dread-locked rocker, Samuel Larsen, 19, and the boyish, Irish kid, Damian McGinty, 18, both won Oxygen's talent competition to appear on Season 3 of Glee. And runners-up Alex Newell, 18 (the androgynous African-American kid), and Lindsay Pearce, 20 (the brunette Reese Witherspoon look-alike) will have roles in two episodes each.
Each of the four finalists had support from mentors (like Darren Criss and Harry Shum Jr.), former competitors and viewers, but executive producer Ryan Murphy had the last word. In June, he described the winners to TV Guide.
"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 said. "They just inspired me and they inspired the rest of the regulars of the Glee cast."
But now that there are two new characters, which one will fill the role that Murphy has planned for the champion? "The Glee Project winner is Sue Sylvester's new archenemy and she is going to destroy their life," Murphy told TV Guide. So will Sue (Jane Lynch) fix her evil glare on the baby-faced Irish kid, or the dreadlocked hippie?
Seems more likely that Sue would hate Larsen, but then, this hurricane in a tracksuit can be downright unpredictable about who she chooses to offend. We'll just have to wait and see.