August 15, 2012 03:36:27 GMT
The 19-year-old Miami boy edges out Ali Stroker and Aylin Bayramoglu in the season finale after bringing the judges to tears with his Last Chance Performance.
Blake Jenner has secured a role in the fourth season of "Glee" as he came out as the champion of "The Glee Project" season 2. In the episode aired Tuesday night, August 14, he managed to win the judges' favor after competing in a series of tasks with two other finalists Ali Stroker and Aylin Bayramoglu.
Blake, Ali and Aylin teamed up for the Final Homework Assignment in which they had to cover "You Can't Stop the Beat" from "Hairspray" movie. Guest mentor Chris Colfer praised each of the contestants' prominent skills and he declared all three of them as the winners in this challenge.
Next, they had to film a music video for Hot Chelle Rae's "Tonight, Tonight". Blake got the role of a humble prom king, Aylin had to play a girl sneaking out of her conservative house, and Ali had to portray a flirty mean girl.
Damian McGinty, who tied with Samuel Larsen as the winner of "Glee Project" season 1, returned to the reality show. He reprised his role as Rory Flanagan in the music video, which also brought back all the previously eliminated contestants from the second season.
After the filming finished, the three finalists took part in the Last Chance Performance. Ali chose "Popular" from "Wicked" which highlighted her quality as a promising musical theater actress. Blake opted for Edwin McCain's "I'll Be" and he read a poem he wrote about how sensitive and sweet he was. Judges Nikki Anders and Robert Ulrich were so moved by his act that they shed tears.
As for Aylin, she sang "Rolling in the Deep" by Adele and she nailed it. After the performance, she stated that she could handle the pressure of being a Muslim role model.
"Glee" stars Darren Criss, Dianna Agron and Grant Gustin gave their comments and the three of them seemed to agree that Ali should win. The writers, however, rooted for Blake. The judges, including Ryan Murphy, then made the final decision and announced the good news for Blake.