Here is an EXCLUSIVE open letter from PerezHilton.com to the final four contestants of the The Glee Project:
Dear Samuel Larsen, Lindsay Pearce, Alex Newell and Damian McGinty, Jr:
Congratulations! On Sunday, one of you will be crowned the victor of The Glee Project. Ryan Murphy will make the grand announcement and you’ll be given a golden ticket to stardom, one step closer to being the next Chris Colfer, Naya Rivera or Darren Criss. Okay, well, no. None of you will be Darren Criss. There’s only one Darren Criss. And there’s only one Lea Michele. She can never be replaced. NEVER. NEVER EVER.
Sorry, that’s not the point. The point is that there are thousands upon thousands of kids in this world who would kill to be in your place right now – as well as one huge blogger Gleek! You should be very proud. Whichever one of you gets the esteemed honor of being hit in the face with a slushy at McKinley, we’re confident you’ll do a good job.
However, being one of the world’s biggest Gleeks (we have a plaque to prove it!) we feel it’s our duty, nay our responsibility, to impart a little wisdom on you about being on the show. We’ve been loyal to the New Directions ever since Rachel placed a gold star next to her name on the auditions list. Since Tina had a stutter. Since Kurt was in the closet! We like to think that we’ve learned a few things along the way and we thought we'd share what we know with you.
People Will F#@%in’ Hate You
In fact, they probably already do. Especially those fans of the three people you beat out. We predict by 10 PM Sunday, your Twitter will confirm as much. They won’t hate you as much as the Bieblievers hate Selenita, but trust us; a tidal wave of haterade is coming your way. And it won’t be just from fans; critics too. From the moment you take your first dance step or sing your first note you will hear their weigh-ins. You are joining a show with legions of fans all over the world and in the industry. The show’s not getting nominated for Emmys because Jane Lynch looks good in a tracksuit. (You really do though, gurl!) You’re a part of the innovation now and you have to live up to that. So don’t let the naysayers get you down. They’ll all come around; just give them time and one KILLER, memorable musical number.
Speak Your Mind To Ryan Murphy
Hey, you won a place on this show! And remember: HE picked YOU! He decided out of dozen or so kids that YOU were the one he wanted on his mega-famous show. Now that you’re there, talk to him! Tell him your thoughts. Believe us, it will get you far! How many songs have Lea and Chris gotten to sing on that show simply by asking for them? Hell, Chris wanted to do the Time Warp and they ended up doing a whole Rocky Horror episode! Matt Morrison got to sing one of his own songs in the finale just to promote his album. You’ve got a voice – use it! Besides, Gleeks can tell when you’re really feeling a connection to a song versus just singing it because you have to. And at the end of the day, if the Gleeks like you, you’ll feel the Ryan Murphy love.
Remember, You’ve Made It On Glee. So, STAY with Glee.
We have two words for you: Chord Overstreet.
This kid, while ridiculously handsome and talented, and did we mention handsome, made a HUGE mistake in leaving the show. Trouty Mouth was poised to take the lead male role on the show once Cory Monteith graduates this year and he passed on it because he didn’t want to be just a “recurring character.” We understand ambition, but we value loyalty more. Don’t make the same mistake, look at what has happened to those who have stuck with it - Harry Shum Jr. got pushed up to a regular!
So to Damian, Alex, Lindsay and Samuel, we wish you luck! Heed our words, drink hot tea with honey and say a little prayer to Barbara Streisand before bed, and you’ll be good to go. See one of you around the choir room on September 20th!
…..and to the three of you who don’t win the coveted role, start fishing for those recording contracts before it’s too late!