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'Glee' auditions: The plot thickens (and please meet Gibran Mahmud)

March 31, 2010 |  5:22 pm

While you're rushing to put together that perfect "Glee" audition tape, know that aspiring singers around the country already have a jump on you. That's right, there are VIP golden tickets to be had, and they could go to people who aren't you.

If  you were channeling your inner Rachel from the start, you might've shown up already in Terre Haute, Ind., or in Cincinnati, where Gibran Mahmud has uploaded a submission that's rocking our world. 

(Seriously. Search for him at that Cincinnati link -- we dare you not to fall in puppy love.)

The various contests are a mish-mash of live auditions (malls appear to be involved) ...

Glee sag ... and video-upload opportunities, with some online voting and all sorts of deadlines going on, plus a few promises that  winners final auditions will be taped in studio.

The Seattle contest is an upload only, but folks who can hoof it over to Omaha can head to the mall for the cattle call on April 10. Connecticut Gleeks will be heading for a casino on April 16, and a randomly selected 150 of them will get their shot at stardom. Oh yeah, and a shot at a $200 gift certificate to the casino. 

All contests, however, seem to lead to the same reward: a super-special promise that your video will be seen by a "Glee" producer separate from the massive MySpace upload that started Wednesday and concludes April 26. All this for a shot at becoming Kurt's love interest, Rachel's "All About Eve"-style nemesis or perhaps the "male Mercedes."

But forget the contests for a sec -- what if you're one of those people who's plain old stuck without a video camera? The HuHot Mongolian Grill in Ashwaubenon, Wis., is here to help. Auditioners who show up during the appropriate hours between now and Friday can take advantage of the HuHot's "professional camera, lighting and microphone," says a marketing manager for the Grill's parent company. 

Actually, if you were truly channeling your inner Rachel, you would've simply elbowed Pennsylvanian John Matkowski out of the way at the end of February and created your own Facebook fan page, complete with an uber-produced, mega-dramatic rendition of, say, "Bridge Over Troubled Water" (that's it, up top).

We're thinking that for Matkowski, hearing Tuesday about the list of required songs must've been the coldest slushie ambush around. 

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Ready to draw yourself in permanent marker on the "Glee" cast's yearbook page? The crew did, after all, win the SAG Award for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series on Jan. 23, 2010, at the Shrine Auditorium in L.A. Credit: Robyn Beck / AFP / Getty Images. 

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