*He didn’t win the seven-episode arc on “Glee,” but Alex Newell is one of two contestants on Oxygen’s “The Glee Project” to score a surprise two-episode run on the Fox series this fall after wowing show creator Ryan Murphy during Sunday’s final four showdown.
The 18-year-old Lynn, Mass., native performed “I Am Changing” from “Dreamgirls” in full drag for his last performance, which one of the judges declared as “brave.” Asked by the Hollywood Reporter if Murphy would write his “Glee” character as cross-dressing or transgendered, Alex said, “I hope so.
“It’s fun but painful – my feet always cry! – but it’s really fun and shows that I can play male and female. It shows that I’m that underdog chameleon.”
[Scroll down for some of Alex’s standout performances this season, including the gospel classic “His Eye is On The Sparrow.”]
Earlier this month, EUR caught up with Alex at the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills to talk about the wave of music-themed competitions that have washed up on the television landscape – like “The Voice,” “The Sing-Off” and “The X-Factor,” in addition to his own series “The Glee Project.”
Samuel Larsen, 19, from Los Angeles, and Damian McGinty, 18, from Derry City, Northern Ireland, both won the seven-episode story arcs on the comedy, which heads into its third season this fall. Joining Alex for a two-episode arc will be 19-year-old Lindsay Pearce of Modesto, Calif.