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Texan Quits ‘The Glee Project’

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Seventh contender out on Oxygen’s ‘The Glee Project’ as Cameron Mitchell of Fort Worth, Texas, quits the competition.

During this past Sunday night’s (July 31) most dramatic episode of Oxygen’s The Glee Project, contender Cameron Mitchell made the difficult decision to withdraw from the competition. In the episode, the remaining six contenders were paired up to the theme of romance and sexuality. Under the guidance of Glee guest mentors Mark Salling and Ashley Fink (Glee’s Puck and Lauren), the group was coached on “Pairability” and making a love interest look believable. Couples were selected to perform a racy rendition of Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream,” pushing Mitchell very much out of his comfort zone and in conflict with his Christian beliefs. In an unexpected turn of events, Mitchell had an on-air heart-to-heart talk with Ryan Murphy and decided he wasn’t cut out for this competition. His decision sent shockwaves through the cast and crew, and also ended up sparing his good friend from Northern Ireland, Damian, who was not originally on the call-back list.

Murphy (the openly gay creator and Emmy Award-winning executive producer of Glee) said of Mitchell during the episode of his decision to leave the show: “I’ve never seen a show where someone has walked away. I think you could have touched so many people.” Mitchell, 22, is a natural musician who, up until six months ago, had never taken a single music lesson. He’s been performing in amateur shows for four years. In high school, Mitchell was hated by all the guys but loved by all the girls. He grew up loving the Beatles—they inspired him and influenced him as a musician and a performer. He originally auditioned for The Glee Project at the Dallas/Fort Worth open casting call.

The remaining five contenders will face their next Glee-inspired challenge on Sunday, August 7, at 8 p.m. (central time), on Oxygen (www.oxygen.com), when Jenna Ushkowitz (Glee’s Tina Cohen-Chang) urges the contenders to get real for “Believability” week. One contender’s intensity hinders the group performance of “The Only Exception.”

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