The Glee Project is an American reality television series from Oxygen. It serves as an audition for the Fox TV series Glee, and the prize for the winner is a seven-episode arc in the following season of the show. The first season of The Glee Project premiered in the US on June 12, 2011 and concluded on August 21, 2011. In Canada, the series began airing on Slice on June 26, 2011, and in the UK, the series began airing on Sky One on July 14, 2011. Glee executive producers Ryan Murphy and Dante Di Loreto are executive producers for The Glee Project. Glee's casting director, Robert Ulrich, is casting director for the project. Each episode of The Glee Project is given an overall theme and covers events that have taken place in about the time span of a week. Although originally planned to begin broadcasting in late May 2011, The Glee Project premiered on June 12, 2011, and aired a two-hour extended premiere where the first hour showed the audition process and selection of the twelve contenders, and the second hour was the first episode of the series. The Canadian and UK premieres were also in the same two-hour extended format: in Canada, the series began airing on Slice on June 26,
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