Darren Criss Mentors Contestants on 'The Glee Project' Premiere

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'Glee' may be on hiatus, but 'The Glee Project' is just getting underway. The new competition series premieres on Oxygen on Sunday, June 12 at 9PM, and Darren Criss is helping execs figure out who's going to make the cut.

The 24-year-old star will mentor the cast during a group challenge in which the contestants are asked to perform a rendition of Stevie Wonder's 'Signed, Sealed, Delivered.' The 'Glee' star has been involved in the process from the start -- he dropped in on the show's open auditions in Dallas earlier this year.
Judging by the promo for the show, the contestants are going to face some tough challenges on the premiere episode. It'll be hard, but they've gone through so much already -- the 12 hopefuls were selected from 40,000 auditions. Whatever lies ahead will be worth it, though, when the winner earns a seven-episode guest starring role on Season 3 of 'Glee.'

Flip through cast photos below, and get to know the contestants during the one-hour casting special, 'The Glee Project: The Final 12,' which will air just before premiere at 8PM ET.

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