‘The Glee Project’ Winners Are ‘Flattered’ + Thrilled to Be Joining ‘Glee’
'Glee' creator Ryan Murphy threw a curve ball on the season finale of 'The Glee Project' on Sunday night: He announced that both Samuel Larsen, 19, and Damian McGinty, 18, would be written into the show as part of seven episode arcs, so both finalists actually won 'The Glee Project!' While the whole point of a competition such as this is to have a winner, Murphy couldn't choose who demonstrated the quality of 'Gleeality' better!
According to PEOPLE, Larsen, the dreadlocked heartthrob and early-on favorite to win, was totally fine with sharing the glory and the crown with McGinty, the easy-to-root-for underdog. "I was so happy Damian got to win as well. At this point we were just brothers. I knew when he won, too, it felt like I won twice. I love the guy, so it's nice to know I don't have to go into this crazy world alone," Larsen, who had auditioned for the role of Sam Evans last year, said.
McGinty was so filled with excitement and a surge of adrenaline that he said he felt like "I had just drunk 15 Red Bulls and 10 coffees. I was bouncing off the walls. I don't think it's going to be a thing that will ever sink in. I feel really honored, I feel flattered. It's an incredible moment."
"The reason why the finalists got so far was that I saw something in them that made me want to write for them," said Murphy. "I love all those kids and I’m invested in them. I love their voices and their talent and I love them."
Wait, let us get this straight. Ryan Murphy loves those kids, right?
There are rumors that Larsen will play an "indie rocker" role this coming season and that the Irish-born McGinty will portray a foreign exchange student, but nothing about the storylines is set in stone or has been revealed to the new cast members!
"We know nothing," McGinty said. "For us now, it's a waiting game."
Tune in to Season 3 of 'Glee' to find out how Larsen and McGinty factor into the show.