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'Prize of a lifetime' is within reach on Oxygen's 'The Glee Project'

by jmaloni
Sun, Aug 14th 2011 01:00 pm

After eight weeks of grueling competition, last night's episode of Oxygen's "The Glee Project" charged the remaining four contenders with their latest "Glee"-inspired challenge when Kevin McHale ("Glee's" Artie Abrams) showed the contenders how to put others first for "Generosity" week. Children from Education Through Music-Los Angeles (ETM-LA), a non-profit organization with the mission to provide music education to disadvantaged schools, joined the contenders in performing My Chemical Romance's "Sing."

In a game-changing twist, all four contenders were required to do a last chance performance for Ryan Murphy and guest, "Glee" co-creator and writer, Ian Brennan, who ultimately decided who would not be called back. Lindsay belted an impressive version of "Defying Gravity" from the musical "Wicked"; Alex sang a moving tribute to his father with the gospel hymn "His Eye Is On The Sparrow"; Damian performed jazz classic "I Gotta Be Me" (made famous by Sammy Davis Jr.); and Samuel rounded out the performances with another jazz standard, "My Funny Valentine." In the dramatic final moments of last night's episode, each contender was spared from elimination.

On the season finale, the four remaining contenders will have the chance to prove themselves to Murphy for the last time as they perform their most exhilarating group number yet, Pink's "Raise Your Glass," while anxiously waiting to find out who wins the grand prize: a seven episode guest starring role on "Glee." A surprise guest from "Glee" joins the group to mentor them on their final performance on "The Glee Project."

Continuing in the theme of last night's episode of generosity, on Saturday, Aug. 20, the four finalists will perform at Project Angel Food's annual Angel Awards in Los Angeles, which is honoring Dante Di Loreto, executive producer of "Glee," "The Glee Project" and the upcoming "American Horror Story." Project Angel Food's mission is to nourish the body and spirit of men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS, cancer, and other life-threatening illnesses.

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