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The Glee Project: Meet The New Contestants - Today's News: Our Take

Date April 05, 2012

The Glee Project: Season 2

Oxygen's reality competition show The Glee Project returns this summer for a second season, and once again, it will give 14 hopefuls the chance to land a guest spot on Fox's Glee.

Season 1 co-winners Damian McGinty and Samuel Larsen were each awarded a seven-episode arc, and runners-up Lindsay Pearce and Alex Newell also were given guest appearances.

Executive producer Ryan Murphy will return to join casting director Robert Ulrich, choreographer and Glee co-producer Zach Woodlee and vocal coach Nikki Anders as judges. The full scoop on this season's 14 contestants below, via EW.

Abraham
Age: 24
Hometown: Queens, N.Y./San Diego
Fact: Postponed his admission to law school to pursue his dreams of being a performer.

Ali
Age: 24
Hometown: New York City
Fact: Has used a wheelchair since the age of 2, as a result of being paralyzed from the chest down.

Aylin
Age: 19
Hometown: Chicago
Fact: Started the first female a cappella group at Loyola Academy.

Blake
Age: 19
Hometown: Miami
Fact: In his spare time, he drums, juggles and works as a parrot salesman.

Charlie
Age: 22
Hometown: Chicago
Fact: He struggles with severe ADHD and low-spectral autism.

Dani
Age: 23
Hometown: Orlando, Fla.
Fact: Made it to the Top 48 of America's Got Talent last season.

Lily Mae
Age: 18
Hometown: Cape Cod, Mass.
Fact: Has performed for more than 2,500 people at Symphony Hall in Boston.

Mario
Age: 24
Hometown: Lanham, Md.
Fact: Born with Morning Glory Syndrome, which ultimately caused him to go totally blind at the age of 9.

Maxfield
Age: 22
Hometown: Nashville
Fact: Wears a "promise ring" to remind himself to treat women with the same respect he aims to one day treat his wife.

Michael
Age: 18
Hometown: Chicago
Fact: Passionate about calculus and enjoys spending time in the kitchen.

Nellie
Age: 19
Hometown: Tacoma, Wash.
Fact: Is a vocalist for a local swing band and plays piano and guitar.

Shanna
Age: 21
Hometown: Auburn, Ala.
Fact: Is a total joiner. Participated in swimming, softball, basketball, show choir, band, color guard, beta club and Spanish club.

Taryn
Age: 22
Hometown: Detroit
Fact: Had never been on an airplane before her trip to Los Angeles for her audition.

Tyler
Age: 21
Hometown: Boca Raton, Fla.
Fact: Taught himself how to read at 18 months old by sleeping with maps and the TV listings in his crib.

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