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Darren Criss has given a rather confusing clue about the future of Glee as he hints at an upcoming appearance by someone from his past. But does he mean his own past or his character’s?

When interviewed on the red carpet for the Los Angeles première of Struck By Lightning – the dark comedy penned by (and starring) his Glee co-star Chris Colfer, he spoke more candidly than he usually does when he’s pushed for a Glee scoop. Darren states “There’s somebody who’s going to show up in an episode, that if people know where I come from [...] Someone’s gonna show up. It’s really great.” You can watch the interview snippet below:

The question we’re asking is this: does Darren mean someone from his own life’s back-story will be appearing on Glee, or does he mean someone from Blaine’s? If it’s the latter, we suspect that he means the upcoming Sadie Hawkins-themed episode – hardcore Blaine fans will remember that he “ran away” from his first school to attend Dalton Academy after he asked a male friend to a Sadie Hawkins dance and the pair were beaten to a pulp after the dance. This aspect of Blaine’s history was never addressed again, but it seems hard to fathom that it will not come up in the episode entitled “Sadie Hawkins,” set to air when Glee returns on January 24. Perhaps we will meet his date or one of the attackers?

However, the phrasing used “where I come from,” makes it sound more like Darren means someone that his fans will know in relation to his own past – and that points a big arrow straight at Team StarKid. Darren’s fellow University of Michigan alums are trained performers currently pursuing varied careers in entertainment, both with StarKid Productions and individually, and any of them could potentially appear on Glee as a guest star. Joey Richter, the Ron to Darren’s Harry in StarKid’s most famous work, the Very Potter Musical trilogy, even read for the role of Blaine’s pursuer Sebastian, though the part eventually went to Grant Gustin. Gustin has since become a client of CESD, the same agency that has represented Darren and StarKid since their early days, so it’s not implausible that someone else in Team StarKid could have been sent in to audition for Glee. In a nice little reverse of that scenario, StarKid’s Lauren Lopez auditioned for the role of Remy in Struck By Lightning, and although she did not land the part, she does have a cameo appearance in Chris Colfer’s film.

Pretend that we’re correct and that another StarKid has landed a Glee role. Depending on how big the part is, we’re assuming it’s going to be one of the group’s strongest singers as well as actors, and we’re going to guess that it’s someone currently living and working in Los Angeles. So, taking those those factors into consideration, we’re going to hedge a bet on Brian Rosenthal.

Which StarKid would you want to see reunited on-screen with Darren? What kind of role do you think they should play?

Our last theory on this topic is that the appearance will be from Disney and Broadway star Lea Salonga, to play Blaine’s mother. It would just about fit with what Darren stated, about if people know “where he comes from” –  the first thing he ever put online, before StarKid, was his series of YouTube Disney covers, and also literally where he comes from, his nationality as a Filipino like Lea Salonga.

Which theory do you like the best? Blaine’s past, a StarKid guest, or Ms Salonga?

  • http://twitter.com/ItalianStarKid Lori ItalianStarKid

    My personal opinion is this — I may be selfish, but I hope it’s not Joey Richter. The glee fandom is a tough one to be in, I got out ages ago because often people get rude, and way too over the lines. They’re a big family, but every family has its dark side, and Gleeks have a dark side too. I know it’s a great opportunity for any of the Starkids (that is if it’s really what this is all about) but it would break my heart to see any of them, especially Joey, slip away from Team Starkid the way Darren did. He’ll always be a Starkid, but he can’t (and probably won’t, for a long time) work with them again.

    I don’t like the singing on Glee, no matter how talented the singers/performers are, because of the huge amount of autotune they use. Especially on Darren’s voice. This is one of the many reasons why I hope Joey – but any other Starkid – will find another way to shine without the help of this show. They’re all talented enough to make it big and if it has to be Glee then be it… I will support all of them, no matter what, but part of me will completely disapprove.

    I’m sorry.

    • NatalieFisher

      Joey’s already on the Disney Channel and if his role turns regular, the Disney teen sitcom fandom is also pretty fierce, so… yeah. You can also note that Joey didn’t take part in HMB, and chose to move to LA, not Chicago, so I think that he, more than any of them, is actually pretty focused on a solo career as an actor.

      • http://twitter.com/ItalianStarKid Lori ItalianStarKid

        I didn’t even know he had a Disney Channel fandom… but anyway, I feel that way towards all Starkids. I know Team Starkid can’t be forever, sadly… but as I said, there are many other ways apart from Glee. If it’s true that a Starkid has got himself (or herself? Why not Devin Lytle?) a role on Glee, I have to agree on Brian Rosenthal, and may I add Dylan Saunders’s name? Yeah, there you go. :)

        • NatalieFisher

          Devin was my top thought for if it’s a girl.

          • Marie

            It depends on if there’s singing. If so, I want it to be Jaime. If not, Devin would be awesome, and probably most likely.

        • Shelby

          He was on Jessie. And in my opinion his talent was wasted.

    • Marie

      Yeah, I read a Hypable article saying he really wants to move into television, so if he (or any of the other starkids interested in film/tv) can get onto anything, it would be good for them as far as a long-term future goes. It’s totally within your right to want that to not be Glee, but as far as getting known, it is definitely a good idea for them.

  • MaggieRose

    I would love to see A.J. Holmes!! He is very talented musically and is a great actor as well…he was great as Dr. Frankenstein in the Young Frankenstein production. I think Blaine needs a new friend (not romantic, just a friend). Maybe he could meet him at the Lima Bean or when he’s looking at colleges in NYC. I would love to see that.

    • NatalieFisher

      A.J. was actually my first guess, but I don’t know if he’s pursuing anything in TV (I wish I could have seen him onstage in Next To Normal). But he is far and away one of the most talented people associated with Starkid.

  • http://twitter.com/Tygridia Tygridia

    I was thinking of Joey at first, but what about Dylan? He moved to L.A. last summer and he has one of the best voices in Team Starkid (not that this matters to be in Glee, really)

    • NatalieFisher

      I thought about Dylan also but assessed that he may look too old to play high school. However, we have no idea what this alleged role might be, it may not even be a student… so… yeah, maybe?

      • GoodFinder

        They all look too old to play high school. Darren’s like 26 now? And Cory looks about 30 to me.

        • http://twitter.com/Tygridia Tygridia

          Agree, Cory stoped looking like a high-schooler after season 1. In fact with all the I-am-the-new-Will thing I keep forgeting he is supposed to be 18

      • http://twitter.com/Tygridia Tygridia

        That’s true. Dylan always looked older than he actually is… RIB are not really concious of the cast’s real age (Blaine in season 2 being 15? Darren is my age, he was probably 23 or 24 then) so they might well cast Dylan to play a 14-year-old or somebody’s dad… Wouldn’t be surprised

  • Bethany

    From what I’ve read so far w/regard to spoilers, it’s more like a background appearance, not a feature, starring role. But who knows with Glee? :)

  • NatalieFisher

    Leaving my opinion here as a fan. What I actually want is for the person he’s talking about to be Lea Salonga, as Blaine’s mom. It would JUST fit with what he said, if you know “where he comes from” – the first thing he ever put online, before StarKid, was the Disney covers, so… and also where he comes from, as in, being Filipino. This is really wild speculation, but that’s what I actually want this to mean – not a StarKid thing.

    • Bethany

      That would be awesome – but I think we would have heard about that casting. Something like that wouldn’t stay secret for too long in the Glee fandom. Tumblr would have been all over that.

      • NatalieFisher

        It could be literally only just going through now. But yeah. I am sure we would hear that news pretty fast.

        • Bethany

          Yeah, it would be AWESOME if that was the case. I would be pretty excited… I just don’t see this casting being a huge, starring role but I think that it is probably a featured role in the episode. Sorry I’m responding to you on Twitter and on here, lol. But Glee doesn’t really do surprise casting, they kind of announce things and see what happens. That’s why I don’t think it is a major role, but I think that it is awesome if it becomes one for a Starkid. I know that Glee isn’t the only way to succeed but I think it’s cool if they get the opportunity. Sorry I’m rambling. :)

          • GoodFinder

            But they usually only announce celebrity guest stars. The Starkids are celebrities to us, but most people don’t know who they are.

          • Bethany

            True, but they also like to announce feature roles (like when Darren was cast as Blaine). I mean, one never knows with Glee! They are kind of crazy like that :P

    • http://twitter.com/ItalianStarKid Lori ItalianStarKid

      yes! I hadn’t thought of that!

    • http://www.facebook.com/mbc7585 Meghan Carlisle

      The fandom would die happy!:)

    • Marie

      I think as far as the “where I come from” comment would be more directly linked to a Starkid person. HOWEVER, I would really like Lea Salonga as his mom, although I’m honestly far more interested in seeing his dad than his mom.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mbc7585 Meghan Carlisle

    What about Lauren? Maybe, possibly? She was in ‘SBL’ with Chris so there’s two big connections to ‘Glee’.

  • Karoline

    It could be very exciting if it’s a Starkid. I think Joey Richter is a good guess because of the reasons you mentioned.

    By the way, were there no Glee-recap for the Christmas episode?

    • http://twitter.com/StarkidSims Simone

      Joey would be pretty likely because he auditioned for Sebastian and his name may have stayed floating around the Glee offices.

      • Gleek12119

        Yeah it is Joey! If you find the new promo for episode 11 of season 4, and watch when Kurt is looking at these people dancing at NYADA, look in the middle back row and you can see Joey!

  • bookstvmovies

    How about someone from Eastwick? Maybe Ashley Benzo (is that her name)? Does she sing?

    • http://twitter.com/7Lia7 Lia Cavasotto

      I think thats a stretch when he said “If you know where I come from” :P Him only being in 5 episodes of a show that never made it to a second season… or a real ending.

      • NatalieFisher

        LOL shut your face, I legit adored Eastwick. Hahaha.

    • NatalieFisher

      Ashley Benson. She’s contracted onto Pretty Little Liars.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mbc7585 Meghan Carlisle

    I have my heart set on it being Joey:)

  • http://twitter.com/RyanHBP Ryan Floyd

    Hmmm… Well, Joey DID audition for Sebastian, and Glee is known for bringing in people who auditioned for other roles (Darren auditioned for Finn if I’m not mistaken)

  • Tiffani

    I would love to see Starkid as like a (one time only) competitor against New Directions with Brian leading them and Brian throwing comments toward Darren, some competitive, some slight starkid references.

    • oblyviate

      i’ve imagined this before – i would love it, but at the same time, i would almost be disappointed with StarKid for doing this….confliction!

      • Tiffani

        I’ve always thought “If there HAS to be Starkid in Glee than this is how I would like for it to happen.”

        • Gleek59112

          It would be funny seeing them trying to shoot the scenes with a straight face. They would probably crack up laughing. But Joey’s gonna be on Glee and he goes to NYADA!

  • Kathryn

    What about Andrew Keenan-Bolger?

  • SarcasticLuna

    If it’s from STARKID I hope its Lauren Lopez, Joey Richter wouldn’t be bad either

  • Jess

    Dylan Saunders.

  • Lotte

    Aside from the news, how come there been no news at all about Chris Colfers movie debut? Glee is one of your biggest fandoms. I totally expected some coverage and promotion. Especially as Chris Colfer is one of the biggest stars from Glee.

    Anyhow, I have zero knowldge about Starkid. So I’ll be shallow and just say that Darren looks really nice in the video ;).

  • http://twitter.com/StarkidSims Simone

    LAUREN. PLEASE. (Although I would love ANY!) :) Here’s hoping he is referring to a Starkid. I do hope if it is they don’t get as huge a part as Darren has though, it would take up so much of their life like it did for Darren. Also did Sugar ever remind anyone of Tania Freemont?

  • http://twitter.com/Rockets2Writing Jamie K.

    Hey Starkid tweeted they had two big announcements today so who knows…it could be tied to this or it could be purely coincidental.

  • xoxoKellyLee

    If Joey Richter finally made it on Glee, I would be SO EXCITED! I also hope that someday Ryan Murphy will let Darren cover one of his own songs like Matthew Morrison did in the second season finale.

    • Marie

      I would love love love that. Especially since I know Darren’s songs are better than that song, which I don’t even remember.

      • NatalieFisher

        Darren has discussed this and he has said that he does not want his original music or a StarKid song on Glee. If he doesn’t want it, neither should his fans.

        • Marie

          I would never want a Starkid song on Glee, for sure, since it’s such a contextual thing for me. I still think it would be awesome if one of his songs was on there, primarily for advertisement and so people can know his awesomeness, but if they aren’t, and if that’s not what he wants, that’s totally fine as well.

        • Marie

          I will disagree with you, in the sense that I still think it is within a fan’s right to want certain things (like a Darren song on Glee). However, it is important to recognize that ultimately, what matters most is what Darren/the other people involved in whatever projects want. And I definitely get why he WOULDN’T want those things on Glee.

  • http://twitter.com/Dillon_Mays Dillon Mays

    I don’t care either way. It’d be great, but it’d also be nice to have a fresh face.

  • Kavitha

    Oh woah when he said that I didn’t even think of StarKid…I assumed that it was someone that he has admired in his past. But I like this idea! A LOT!

  • Ailbhe

    I’m pretty sure Jaime was confirmed as an extra for the Sadie Hawkins episode? Pretty sure she was an extra for Dino-Prom (or whatever that was called) too.

  • Gleelover8456

    Plz people watch glee! There was a poll for which shows are u not watching and glee was the second most people are not going to watch! Please watch thank you

  • Marie

    OMGOMGOMGOMG! I really hope there is another Starkid coming on. Although Grant Gustin is great as Sebastian, I would’ve found it really hilarious if Joey were playing against Darren, romantically.

    Although it probably is a male, I really hope it’s Jaime. I think she’s got one of the stronger voices. If it’s a non-singing part. . .man, I don’t know who I’d want. Probably Brian or Joe Walker though. :-D

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Megan-Roth/502714286 Megan Roth

    My first thought was a combination for Darren and Blaine’s past. For example. Someone from Starkid playing the friend he asked to the dance before attending Dalton.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rachel-Whelen/514317641 Rachel Whelen

    I gave up on Glee last year but if another Starkid shows up I’ll be tempted to watch again.

  • HermioneCriss

    i don’t want to believe this, because i don’t want to get my hopes up and then just have it be something stupid, like Cooper Anderson coming back or something. I would really enjoy seening some StarKid on Glee, though, as long as Darren’s cool with it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/catherine.biggs Catherine Biggs

    I’m really interested to find out who he was talking about. I keep picturing him sitting back laughing at us. He knew that little comment would drive us into a frenzy.

  • http://twitter.com/cohen_anna Anna Cohen

    I think Lauren Lopez could play a great mean girl and she’s got the pipes to do it. The only problem as stated in the article is that she is currently located in chicago right now and working on airport for birds. I don’t know if any of that would coincide. In Meredith Stepien’s stand-up routines she mentions her mother constantly telling her she should be on glee like Darren. Plus Meredith has the kind of teenage looking face and an amazing voice.

    On the male side I would love to see Brian Holden on glee though he doesn’t exactly have the teenage look so maybe he’d be a teacher or something. I’d also like to see Joe Walker because he has the look and the charm that maybe some of the other Starkids lack. He has likability and charisma that really goes a long way in the glee world.

    Whoever it is, I’m sure Starkids won’t be disappointed (unless of course they leave Starkid to pursue acting on glee like Darren in which case I would be extremely angry)

  • Jo

    I would loooove Lea playing Blaine’s mother! But for the Starkid question I’d pick Dylan Saunders. He deserves a LOT of attention for this talent!

  • http://twitter.com/BeccaPhoenix16 Liam I exist

    oh my god oh my god oh my god! Who? So pumped. First time in a while that I am excited to watch an episode of Glee

  • Jessica O’Connell

    Oh geez I can’t pick which I’d prefer between a Starkid and Lea Salonga!! If it’s a Starkid member though, my hopes are for Dylan Saunders, Brian Rosenthal, or Joey Richter.

  • dot

    maybe it’s jessica sanchez, from american idol, who is partly
    Filipino…

  • Jennifer

    I reckon perhaps Dylan Saunders. He’s arguably the strongest/best singer of the group, really the only one on par with him is Jaime Lyn Beatty, plus he’s living in LA now and I haven’t heard anything that he’s being doing recently.

    Another likely person is Joey Richter. Another LA habitant and he’s now on Disney, landed a voice over role if I remember correctly in Kumba, and he’s auditioned for a role in Glee before.

    As for Lauren Lopez, I find it unlikely. She’s been busy in Chicago with her own project, her gluten & dairy free baking book, plus they’ve been rehearsing for A4B. Also there’s a slight incorrect statement in the post and that is the fact that she didn’t get the role of Remy in SBL. Chris Colfer actually really wanted her to play the role and she did actually get it, but because of scheduling difficulties, she could not commit and therefore only did a small cameo appearance instead.

    As for whether it’s a starkid, the answer is yes. 1 or 2 people who have their own reliable sources have stated that it is in fact a starkid. It’s also been said that there will in fact be 2 starkids appearing, however this isn’t certain. The information came from a breach of privacy from someone’s personal facebook profile and so has been deleted. However, it is common knowledge now, since well, it’s the internet. Everything spreads like wildfire, and in fact here I am commenting on it myself.

    In my opinion, it’s likely to be anyone living in LA right now. But who knows?

  • http://twitter.com/Dillon_Mays Dillon Mays

    If this happens, please no references to StarKid. I’d rather they keep it in reality and I think it’d be funnier. If the writers do try to connect references, I’m afraid they’d overdo it, or some of the audience wouldn’t get it.

  • B-rad

    It’s Joey Richter. Check his Wiki page – Glee is listed as a credit. Done. You’re welcome.

  • Starkid:)

    I just read on Joey Richters twitter that he and Tessa Netting will Star in the next episode of glee!!!!! So exited to see it, I can’t wait!

  • Elle

    Must have been Trent from Dalton, eh?

  • claire

    IT’S JOEY RICHTER!!!!!!!

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