‘Glee Project’ Season 2 Contenders are on the Edge of Glory

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The Glee gods are so pleased with the new crop of contenders they’ve assembled for season 2 of “The Glee Project” (June 5 at 10/9c on Oxygen) they made a music video just to show them off.

Last season’s debut video, “Firework,” was the first musical collaboration for the cast, but it was quickly followed by a contender elimination (Bryce, we barely knew ye).

The Season 2 cast got to relax and enjoy their “Edge of Glory” shoot without the looming threat of the ax since the video served only to introduce them at the end of this year’s casting special. Consequently, the gang in this video seems less desperate to permanently engrave their Spectacular! Performance! Faces! onto our eyeballs. The image of last year’s Ellis still haunts my dreams.

The cast was bumped from 12 to 14 contenders this year, more than half of whom are in their early-to-mid twenties, making them older than the majority of last year’s bunch. Weird, since Murph claims to want to introduce some freshmen to WMHS.

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A lot of the boys in “Glory” seem interchangeable, but I’d keep an eye on the one with the Nashville drawl (who will hereby be referred to as “Twang,”), because the gods are after a country sound. If they wanted to go a more soulful route, Mario is the one to beat, based on his brief but velvety rich part in the video.

Of the more diverse gals, Ali and Lily are most guilty of hamming it up for the camera so far, but choreographer Zach has already praised Ali’s moves in her chair (he said “Artie”/Kevin McHale has more work to do to match her), so she has potential staying power. Given that Lily’s one confessional-view moment so far was to say her voice is the best, the editors are setting her up to be this year’s Lindsay. That’s not a bad thing – Linds got two production numbers on “Glee” at the end of it.

My early money’s on Dani, who has a buttery voice, plays guitar, and whose acting in the video was natural and charismatic.

But we won’t know our real favorites until we see them all in action on tonight’s premiere. Lea Michele is up first as mentor, so we’ll see if anyone cracks under the pressure of performing for Rachel Berry herself.

Season 2 of “The Glee Project” kicks off on Tuesday, June 5 at 10/9c on Oxygen.

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