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The Glee Project crowns its first ever winner: Who's heading to Glee?

Kristin Watson is no stranger to the world of entertainment, having worked with both NBC and The History Channel. As a Chicago-based writer, Kristin provides SheKnows readers on both coasts with the hottest celebrity and entertainment ne...

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With the kids of McKinley High aging, Ryan Murphy set out to find the next superstar to take Glee by storm with a seven-episode story arc courtesy of The Glee Project. No sense in keeping you in suspense any longer -- the winner of The Glee Project is...

The luck of the Irish was with The Glee Project, and its winner, Damian McGinty! It was also with Samuel Larsen. That's right! Ryan Murphy crowned both Damian McGinty and Samuel Larsen winners of The Glee Project!

Damian McGinty and Samuel Larsen won the first season of The Glee Project, which comes with a hefty prize -- a seven-episode story arc on Glee.

But that's not all! The runners-up, Lindsay Pearce and Alex Newell, got a nice consolation prize -- a two-episode arc on Glee.

Damian McGinty, a lad from Derry City, Northern Ireland, doesn't have the best dance abilities, and he'll tell you that himself. He's also met Ryan Murphy for more last chance performances than we can count, but he never gave up, which makes him a lot like the underdogs on Glee.

Samuel Larsen, with his dark, yet wholesome nature, was a clincher for Ryan Murphy as well, sending him to the Glee choir room.

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So, how did Damian McGinty and Samuel Larsen win the first ever finale of The Glee Project? Week after week they battled it out with songs, choreography and acting until, in a twist, there were four finalists left standing.

With one more homework assignment and group video standing between them and a role on Glee, Damian and Samuel dug deep. For Damian it meant getting his feet and voice on the same page!

First, they had to take on Don't Stop Believin' and everyone knows that song and Glee go together like peanut butter and jelly. All the eliminated contestants came back to help the final four, but in a twist, there was no homework winner. We have to say, Damian really came out of his shell.

Next up was the big group video number. The group, with help from the eliminated contestants, headed to a rooftop to raise their glasses to Pink's, well, Raise Your Glass.

With no bottom three, all four contestants performed one last time for Ryan Murphy. Damian McGinty and Samuel Larsen just couldn't be denied.

Damian showed so much star power with his version of Beyond The Sea, there was no way Ryan Murphy was going to pass him up. The best thing about his leading man quality was that it also embodied the underdog.

Samuel Larsen's take on Jolene showed his dark and intense side, making Ryan Murphy announce him first as the winner. Then he surprised Damian by announcing he had also won.

Congrats go to Damian McGinty and Samuel Larsen on this new journey and see you on season three of Glee.

What do you think of Damian McGinty heading to Glee? Will he make a lasting impression?

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