>On Aug. 21 Oxygen’s The Glee Project names a winner to guest on Glee. Meet the finalists
AGE 18 / LYNN, MASS.
Whom he would duet with on Glee: “Amber Riley, all day, every day!” says Newell. “That’s my girl. If I were to meet her, I might just die. We are the same person!”
Why he should win: “I have a great story,” says Newell, who came out to his mom last year. “I want to explore more about being a gay Christian. I want to tell people it’s all right.”
AGE 19 / LOS ANGELES
Try, try again: Larsen auditioned for Glee last year but didn’t get the part. On Project, show cocreator Ryan Murphy “wanted me to admit I was scared and to rise above it,” he says.
Why he should win: “After getting close to a lot of parts,” he says, “I have a certain passion that you get from being told straight-up no. And I just love Glee.”
AGE 20 / MODESTO, CALIF.
Born this way: Pearce was adopted into a family of jocks, who “were like, ‘What do we do with this singing child?'” she jokes. “Do I want to go to soccer practice or rehearsal? I always picked rehearsal.”
Why she should win: “I’ve always grown up thinking my talent was the only thing I had,” says Pearce. “I want to be seen as a person.”
AGE 18 / DERRY CITY, NORTHERN IRELAND
Unique in his family: “My mom, dad, brother and sister can’t hold a note,” says McGinty, a baritone in the group Celtic Thunder. “Being able to sing popped out of the blue.”
Why he should win: Working with mentors on Project has “been a fairy tale,” he says. “Winning would be the right ending.”