Ah, to be young again. Last Saturday and Sunday my niece Brittany and more than 2,000 other young people descended on the city of Chicago to stand in line for hours in temperatures barely above zero for the opportunity to sing their hearts out.
How cool – Glee is a having a reality television show where the American public votes to determine the next member of the Glee Cast. Producer Robert Ulrich is in the process of picking individuals to fill only a dozen spots for the cast of the Oxygen Network reality series, The Glee Project from participants trying out in Chicago and Dallas.
You couldn’t help but get caught up in the excitement of the youngsters waiting in line, but man was it cold. We got in line about 7:45 and Brittany was number 344. I was told that the people at the front of the line got there as early as 5:30 to wait five hours in bitter cold, boy that’s dedication.
Five hours in bitter cold to sing for twenty seconds and hanging in the balance the possibility of a life changing event. Brit was confident and sang, Don’t Rain on my Parade, but Mr Ulrich said that singing alone was not the only criteria and that those who received a yellow bracelet making it past the first round had to have that certain something that audiences will fall in love with.
Unfortunately Brit didn’t receive a bracelet, but that’s okay she gave it her best shot and that’s all that matters. Good job Brit, keep chasing those dreams !