TV stars full of Glee over Irish newcomer Damian
GLEE stars have been full of praise for Irish newcomer Damian McGinty, who is set to appear on the show.
The 18-year-old singer is due to appear in the third season of the show next month, after beating more than 40,000 young performers for a role in the Glee Project.
Last week, the talented teenager revealed that he had started filming his scenes as exchange student Rory.
"Such an incredible day...met incredible people, worked with incredible people, excited for the future," he enthused.
His performance delighted fellow cast members Cory Monteith and Lea Michele, who play high-school sweethearts Finn and Rachel in the show.
Lea (25) gushed about the Derry native on three separate occasions.
"It's been so much fun working with our Glee Project winners.
"Damian was so sweet the other day and Lindsay [one of the competition's finalists] was amazing!!" she said.
"Great day of work today! Got to meet the lovely Damian McGinty! He may be one of the sweetest people ever! So happy to have him in our family!" she added on her social network site a few days later.
While Cory (29) wouldn't give anything away about upcoming episodes, he revealed that he had shot a "great scene" with Damian and that "season three was "lookin gooooood" [sic].
And he wasn't the only one to comment on Damian's new part on the show.
Diana Agron (25) who plays sassy blonde Quinn Fabray said that the young Irish actor was a "cutie" who "sounds amazing on his track", while Harry Shum Jr, known as dancing pro Mike Chang on the programme, welcomed him.
"Welcome Damian! I want to spell your name like this "Damien" but I will refrain. Hope u had fun today [sic]," Harry (29) wrote.
Glee's third season will premiere today in the States and on Thursday in Ireland, where it will be available on Sky One.
Damian should become a regular cast member from the fourth episode where he will be introduced as a foreign exchange sophomore student living with ditzy cheerleader Brittany.
"She of course believes him to be a leprechaun with magical powers," creator Ryan Murphy said.