Although Oxygen began casting for Season 2 of
"The Glee Project"
months ago, the network hadn't officially decided whether or not to bring back the reality show for a second summer.
Now, that decision has been made: "The Glee Project" is officially returning for Season 2 during the summer of 2012, Oxygen has announced. One lucky winner (or possibly two, or maybe four, who knows) will win a seven-episode arc on FOX's hit
This year, 14 contestants will vie for the ultimate prize. The judging panel will remain in tact, with creator
Ryan Murphy, casting director
Robert Ulrich, choreographer
Zach Woodlee and vocal coach
Nikki Anders all returning.
Season 1 winner
Damian McGinty is currently filming his tenth "Glee" episode -- so things seem to be going well for him -- while his co-winner
Samuel Larsen will begin his arc later in Season 3. Runners-up
Lindsay Pearce and
Alex Newell also won two-episode arcs on the show, so even if the 14 new contenders don't win the ultimate title, they still could appear on "Glee."
"'The Glee Project' is a special show that has tapped into a desire in our culture to watch people go for and achieve their dreams," says Oxygen Media President Jason Klarman in a statement.