Wednesday, May 11, 2011 , Updated 2:11 p.m., June 1, 2011
UPDATEDx2: Video: Former American Idol contestant from Arlington wants to be on Glee
Todrick Hall, you've made a pretty good case for yourself.
ARLINGTON Todrick Hall wants to be the “token black boy” on Glee. The former American Idol contestant from Arlington said he heard that Glee's creators were looking for a black man to join the show, and he thinks he's the perfect fit.
The move doesn't come as a surprise after Hall told reporters in March 2010 that he wanted to find his way onto the Glee cast.
Hall missed the deadline for a Glee audition on MySpace, but he stars in an amusing and well-produced video called “I Wanna Be on Glee,” which we first saw on DFW.com and was just posted to YouTube. Fellow gleeks will notice that the set in Hall's video resembles McKinley High School. Hall even gets slushied and then busts some hip hop moves by the lockers.
Take a look:
“I Wanna Be on Glee” by Todrick Hall
According to Hall's Facebook page, the video premiered on Tuesday. He wrote early Wednesday that he has 48 hours to make the video viral. He's also selling the song “I Wanna Be on Glee” for 99 cents on iTunes.
We've reached out to the director of the video, Ethan Newberry, to get more explanation on how the video came together. We'll update you when we know more.
UPDATE: We just spoke to Hall by phone.
The video was filmed at Serrano High School in Thelan, California, which is about two hours outside of Los Angeles. Amazingly, most of the extras in the video are seniors at Serrano High School and members of a show choir called Vocal Point. (How very Glee!) The "stars aligned" when old choir robes happened to be stashed in in a closet at Serrano High School -- a prop that Hall said was important to the video but that he didn't have the funds to buy.
The video cost about $3,000 to shoot, and Hall paid part of the cost and then donors covered the rest. Now living in Los Angeles, Hall says he just didn't have the $3,000 upfront. "I'm living on Ramen Noodles at this point so that I can hopefully get on Glee," he said. His home is in Mansfield, however, where his parents currently live.
Hall confirmed that he wrote the song himself. Reps from Bloc Agency in Los Angeles told Hall that if he wanted a shot at Glee, he'd need to make a reel to show off his talents. "I took that idea and ran with it like nobody's business," he said.
At press time, the video has received 27,000 views, and Hall has confirmation that Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy has seen it and told someone via email he "loved it." Whether Hall gets hired is a different story. Now he has to wait.
"I have a new-found respect for the Internet because it's such an amazing thing. … The possibilities are endless," he said.
Hall will let us know if he gets hired.
UPDATE x2: Hall so far hasn't been hired, but he was awarded the "best fan video" at the Glee The Music Awards. While that's great, we imagine Hall doesn't want to be a fan. He wants to be on the show. (Haven't they seen the video?)
Of note, he has an audition later this month.