TV DIVAGAL EXCLUSIVE! The Glee Project Runners-Up: Ali and Aylin. Plus: Scoop on Aylin and Charlie!By Delaina Dixon | August 22, 2012 | Entertainment
As much as TV DivaGal is thrilled that The Glee Project winner Blake Jenner will be joining the cast of Glee for a special seven episodes arc, there were two talented young ladies who didn’t make the cut: Ali Stroker and my personal fave, Aylin Bayramoglu.
I got a super exclusive interview with the runners-up who shared with me their feelings on not snagging the coveted spot, future plans, and of course, what’s the romance sitch with Aylin and fellow contestant Charlie Lubeck now!
I really thought a lady was going to take it this season! How did you deal with the emotion of not winning?
Ali: I was really thrilled for Blake. We had been through this entire competition together and I’d seen how hard he had worked. But at the same time, Aylin and I were in that same exact position as Blake getting through the competition. So I really tried to focus on all the things I had gained through the show, and I’m looking forward to all the positive opportunities that are going to be coming my way.
Aylin: I was really proud of Blake. He deserves it. He’s such a great friend of mine that I can’t help but be excited for him. But I think, even if a girl didn’t win, it was definitely a girl’s season. We beat out the boys ΓÇô until the end. We’d tried our best.
If you had gotten on the show ΓÇô and maybe it will still happen ΓÇô what type of roles would you have wanted to play? Aylin, I know Glee honcho Ryan Murphy wanted to explore your Muslim heritage. Would you have been comfortable with that?
Aylin: Absolutely. I think Glee is about breaking stereotypes, so I would have loved to be that. I loved what Ryan envisioned for me and I think that it would have been really cool.
Ali: I would have loved to play a girl in a wheelchair who comes to McKinley High and is a little more timid at first, but then the personality comes out and she’s flirty and definitely sassier, and I think it would be really fun to play the bitch on Glee. I just think it’s a neat way to change people’s mind about what someone in a wheelchair is really like.
What was your favorite challenge in the competition?
Aylin: My favorite was “Sexuality” week. I don’t know. I just felt at home that week. That was a good week for me. (Laughs) It was fun.
Ali: I definitely enjoyed “Theatricality” because those are my roots. I really got to let my musical theater Gleek flag fly.
Aylin: WellΓÇª he’s sitting right next to me. Clearly we hang out often. It’s a bit of a complicated situation. I think that a lot of factors go into being in a relationship with people, and I don’t think either of us have a label for anything, yet. I don’t know. But we do hang out a lot. I think that’s how I can describe this.
Well, you’re together now, so that’s probably a good sign. So Ali and Aylin, what are your next steps now that the show has ended?
Ali: I am working on a one-woman show for on stage, and I am going to London at the end of the month to go to the Paralympics and do a concert there. And I’m also part of an anti-bullying pro-compassion campaign called “Be More Heroic.”
Aylin: I, on the other hand, am definitely going to be taking some acting classes very soon. And I want to dabble in television ΓÇô hopefully have some meetings with agencies and just be auditioning for everything. I’ll hopefully come out with an album eventually, because that’s always been my dream since I was a little kid.
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