Scoop: Darren Criss joins 'Glee' as...Kurt's new BF?

darren-criss2The plot surrounding Kurt’s first boyfriend on Glee thickens: Actor-singer-songwriter Darren Criss—best known to TV audiences as Matt Dallas’ bro on Eastwick—has landed the much-talked-about new gay role on the Fox phenom.

But will he have eyes for Kurt? Maybe. Maybe not. Allow me to explain…

Per a Glee source, Criss’ character, Blaine—a cute and charismatic gay student from a rival Glee club named the Dalton Academy Warblers—will maintain a strictly platonic friendship with McKinley High’s most out and proud pupil. But could that change as the season progresses? Yes, it could.

Sounds to me like series creator Ryan Murphy is keeping his options open.

Ever since Murphy announced that Kurt would be getting a love interest in season 2, speculation about the identity of his suitor has run rampant. The casting of pretty boy Chord Overstreet led some to speculate that his quarterback character Sam would play that role, a theory Chris Colfer all but shot down when he informed us that there’s no sign of romantic tension between Sam and Kurt in the first four episodes. “Maybe it is too obvious,” he theorized. “Our writers have a way of avoiding the obvious and throwing curveballs.”

darren-crissImage Credit: Chris DzombakIn addition to his TV work, Criss has built quite a Web following as a member of the University of Michigan theater company Team StarKid. The group’s spoof, A Very Potter Musical, went viral and turned Criss (who plays the title role) into a bit of an Internet star.

Thoughts? Do you think Criss, Overstreet, or a third yet-to-be-cast actor will turn out to be Kurt’s BF? Speculate away in the comments section. But first, check out the following video Criss submitted to Glee during the show’s open casting call this summer.


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  • David4

    He can be my boyfriend.

    • Tom

      Um…that was supposedly Glee-worthy singing?? That audition was terrible…

      • Michael

        Ever heard Diana Agron or Cory M sing live? No? There’s a reason for that.

        His voice is pleasant and the auto-tune everything anyway.

      • warped

        Darren is a great singer, anyone whose seen him in AVPM or AVPS or seen one of his youtube recordings or seen him live knows that. he had a bit of vabrato here but who cares.

      • Melissa

        I wouldn’t call this his best video, but I’ve heard others. He’s brilliant.

      • Gina

        I will admit that wasn’t the best audition, but it’s very possible they had heard him via the musical where he pulls off some nice vocals. And I bet he had more personality than the majority of the people who audition. It’s not all about singing. Well, it shouldn’t be anyway… I don’t care much for the show but I support Darren if this piece of news is in fact true!

      • Victoria

        Agreed, this isn’t his best, but honestly, he’s an absolutely brilliant singer and songwriter.

      • jenny

        Uhmm, sorry, but you happen to be horribly wrong. Go watch AVPM. Darren Criss has a beautiful voice.

      • Sandy

        How can you say hes not glee worthy hes freaking amazing! my heart melted have you heard him sing??

      • Maddie

        I agree that that wasn’t his best work. Listen to his song “Not Alone” or one of his covers of Disney songs. Not only is his voice beautiful, he is supermegafoxyawesomehot!

      • Carly

        no you are completely wrong darren criss is amazing!!!! now go watch a very potter musical

      • Sam

        Um yes…i have heard them sing live and Cory sounds great live.

      • Sarah

        ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME?! HARRY FREAKIN’ POTTER!
        I love this man. I want to marry him. I am so ecstatic about this news I can’t even believe it.

      • Nix

        To my gay brethren, a cri de couer: How come we always get bunches of girls thinking we’re hot when we want other boys to love us? And by love us I mean not beat us up for longing.

      • Jenn

        @ Nix – it’s because all women WISH their men could be like you. Clean, articulate and considerate! I speak from experience. I’m guilty of being one of them that always falls for the gay guy. (sigh) @Tom – His voice is as good if not better than those on the Glee cast already. Remember, we’re hearing his w/o acoustic sweetening and the like!
        Lastly, @ Carly – I knew I was not the only one to think he looks kind of Harry Potterish in the photo!

      • Toni

        Uhmm, look for the Glee Live concert videos on Youtube. Cory M sings live just fine. I like Cory’s voice a lot. It has a kind of a rock vibe going on.

      • Amy

        Are you kidding me.He is amazing. Have you seen A Very Potter Music? He’s a brilliant actor and singer.

      • Megan

        @Nix: Darren ISN’T gay. He’s straight.

      • sarah

        are you stupid? darren criss is the greates, smartest most sexy man alive. and he sings like a freaking angel!!!

      • aviva

        he’s usually way better, he just picked the wrong song.

      • Melanie

        actually, michael, i have heard dianna and cory sing live at one of their shows this summer and they were A-MA-ZING.

      • Rrrumblerrroar7

        Okay, I admit that the audition wasn’t his best and he didn’t sound terribly good here but if you’ve ever seen AVPM or AVPS, you’d know that he has a TOTALLY AWESOME voice that makes him so supermegafoxyawesomehot that it doesn’t matter. This audition may not have shown the best of his abilities but he is HARRY FREAKING POTTER!! And besides, he is amazing. He doesn’t need a rocketship to get to Pigfarts because he can sing his way over :)

      • Rrrumblerrroar7

        PS. Don’t you guys love how I fit all of those references in there?? lol

      • draco malfoy

        listen to him singing in a very potter musical. *melt*

      • Emalee

        I don’t think you know what really music is… I think you might just be a tad on the jealous side! <;@

      • Evelyn

        um. you suck. he’s adorable. and he can definitely sing.

      • Heloise

        I found myself tearing up at that audition, I barely ever cry. It was insanely beautiful and Darren is obviously talented! So stuff you ‘Tom’ nobody cares for your opinion.
        It was original and he improvised his way into my heart. I’ve seen him in AVPM and AVPS AND Little White Lie! He was amazing and he sings better than half the cast of Glee. So there.

      • lia chang

        I think that he’s an amazing singer, but i dont believe he is on glee yet. He shoud though! :)

      • jessica

        don’t hate

      • Katie

        Are you kidding me? That was really good! And Darren Criss is AWESOME and so is AVPM/AVPS. If you don’t think so you must have some unknown problem. Sorry but it’s true.

      • kat

        you have no idea what you’re talking about. if you listened to ANY of darren criss’s songs, you would know he’s an amazing singer. avps and avpm are prime examples.

      • lauren

        have a look at him in a very potter musical and a very potter sequel, his voice is amazing

    • fran

      Sorry bro, he’s mine. I called dibs last summer :)

      • R

        Me to. Halfsies?

      • Cheri

        We need to set up a schedule, because I’ve been obsessed with him since seeing AVPM. I have his EP and listen to it constantly…LOVE HIS VOICE.

  • menacherie

    OH MY GOD. OH MY GOD. THIS IS THE BEST PIECE OF GLEE NEWS EVER

    • shauni

      I KNOW I’M HAVING A PANIC ATTACK

    • Alex

      OMG I KNOW, I JUST SPAZZED SO MUCH RIGHT NOW WHEN I FOUND OUT!!! <3

    • bernadette

      OMG I KNOW!!! i just really hope they don’t autotune all the personality out of his voice

    • Janet

      I KNOW!! I had given up on Glee, written it off forever, but then I see this and I have a reason to watch again! God, I love that man.

    • Veronica

      OMG I GOTS SO EXCITED THAT I CANT TURN OFF MY CAPSLOCK!!!

      On another note, I am thrilled for Darren Criss, and I love him in AVPM :D

  • chelsea

    YES HARRY POTTER. and he’s hilarious, i approve of this.

  • weeklyenthusiast

    BEST. NEWS. EVER!!!!!!

  • PooiGirl

    HOLY…OMG

  • Sam

    BEST CASTING EVER IN THE HISTORY OF GLEE

    • Che

      Yes!!! Indeed he’s great! And super cute!!!

      • Asteriods

        you mean supermegafoxyawesomehot?
        :)

        (yes I believe I did see that earlier too yay Starkids!)

      • Riley

        Yeah! Seriously, on a scale of one to ten, with one being the absolute worst…i’d give him an 8…a 9.8. But nothing higher, because there is always room for improvement. :D

        though if he’s kurt’s boyfriend, he’ll be a 10!

    • Ems

      Come on? Better than Menzel and Cheno? Please…But still totally awesome!

      • Tracie

        ahhh “totally awesome…” I see you what you did there :). I couldn’t agree with this casting more. SO excited. <3 Darren Criss

      • Isabel

        As good as Cheno and DeeDee(Idina)!! Darren is so freaking perfect!!!

      • Abby

        I LOVE THEM. Haha. Casting Harry potter was brilllliant :D

  • Leslie

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’M SO HAPPY FOR DARREN!!!!!!

  • Ruth

    CAN I JUST SAY WIN
    i was LITERALLY just watching Very Potter Musical yesterday. This is FANTASTIC!

    • melispanella5

      great

    • Ginevra

      I just watched it this morning. I have never been so excited. I’ve been obsessing over his Human EP, as well as the song Sami since AVPM, and am madly in love with his voice. As a huge Glee fan, I feel like this is going to be one of the best additions yet. Life. Made.

  • Pembie

    THE FANGIRL WITHIN ME CANNOT CONTAIN HER EXCITEMENT.
    OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD YAYYAYAYAYAYAYYAYAY!

  • Asta

    HOLY MOTHER OF GOD THIS IS THE MOST AMAZING THING TO HAPPEN EVER! EXCUSE ME AS I GO HYPERVENTILATE!

    • Sam

      i know, me too!!!!! i seriously need a paper bag right now!!!!!!!!!!!! (breathe in, breathe out…)

  • Josie

    No. Way.

    • emily

      THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO WAY THAT THERE IS NO WAY, YOU HEAR ME?

  • Jaymi

    Kurt’s boyfriend or not, this is great news, I love Darren Criss!

    • Cheyenna

      I completely agree! He could be playing extra #7 or something and I’d still be so super stoked about this amazing news!

  • Hamish

    Maybe Puck gets a bit experimental with his sexuality lol.

    • Lucy

      I wouldn’t be shocked the resident “sex shark” may someday be down with a little boykissing. At least after if he sleeps through every Cheerio and cougar in Lima and gets bored. Though maybe that’s just wishful thinking on my part? lol

      • alex

        I think they even hinted to it in the first episode lol. “I’ve never had any kind of balls in my mouth, have you?” *Puck slightly smirks* haha.

      • Chris P.

        I think Glee might be my favorite show in the history of forever if this becomes fact. Person can only dream

    • april-ann

      Just my opinion, it would be so much cooler if Kurt wasn’t gay. The gay-looking guy should not always have to be gay. (Niles on Frasier for example). Puck should be the gay one.

      • Marni

        …but Chris Colfer is gay.

    • Carrie

      It’s the creator of Nip/Tuck. By season 4 (if it gets that far), everyone will have slept with everyone, regardless of sexual preference.

  • Alex

    Awwwwesome. I loved him in AVPM/AVPS.

    • mscisluv

      Totally awesome! I would watch ANYTHING with Darren Criss. I just wish he could be a regular on Glee instead of just a member of a rival glee club.

  • hal

    meh…about this news.

    • melispanella5

      i like this theam

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