We’ve long had a fascination with how singing shows choose to present artists who may have already had one chance to appear on reality TV in the past, and when it comes to “American Idol” on Wednesday night, producers opted to completely ignore the fact that Matheus Fernandes was on the first season of “The Glee Project,” despite it happening less than two years before this show. This move was hardly unexpected when it comes to the fact that both Thia Megia and Jessica Sanchez were former “America’s Got Talent” contestants whose reality TV past was completely ignored; however, Matheus came on just after another singer in Briana Oakley talked about being on an episode of “Maury” that was all about talented kids.
The nice thing here is that even though Matheus’ past was not addressed on “American Idol” itself, he is not forgetting where he came from. He spoke on his Twitter account Wednesday night about this show being his “second chance” to prove himself after being eliminated midway through “The Glee Project,” and he did receive the support of a number of people related to that show.
Damian McGinty – “Whilst I’m in the air, my little Bro
@MatheusSings makes his debut on Idol….check it out! :)”
Some of the people who have yet to speak about Fernandes’ new audition include “Glee Project” casting director Robert Ulrich, vocal coach Nikki Anders, or “Glee” executive producer Ryan Murphy, who played a part in ending his run on that show.
Do you like it when reality TV alumni get this sort of “second chance” on another show, or do you prefer your competitions to have entirely fresh talent? If you want to see some other highlights from Wednesday night’s “American Idol,” you can do so over at the link here.