Tim Stack
June 12, 2011 AT 06:00 PM EDT

Tonight, Oxygen premieres its new reality series, The Glee Project, which follows 12 contestants as they battle for a role on Fox’s hit Glee. Having seen the premiere, I’m excited to say that the show is must-see viewing for Gleeks. It’s full of charm and fun as well as a showcase for some truly talented folks. EW visited the cast at the Oxygen offices days before the big premiere to talk about what Glee means to them and what it was like having to perform in front of Glee maestro Ryan Murphy. Watch the video below…

Check back to EW.com tomorrow for more with The Glee Project contestants, including their favorite character from the show.

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