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Oscar Winner Marlee Maitlin to Guest as 'Nationals' Judge on GLEE

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The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Academy Award winner Marlee Matlin will portray herself on an upcoming episode of FOX's GLEE. The actress will serve as a judge in the fictional National Glee Club competition in which McKinley High's New Directions will be competing.

Matlin, who may currently be seen on ABC Family's Switched at Birth, tweeted a photo of herself along with Glee stars Astin (Jean-Baptise), Darren Criss (Blaine) and Chord Overstreet (Sam) along with the caption, "Me ad te@boys of @gleeonfox - @SkylarAstin @chordoverstreet and @DarrenCriss. Gentlemen all!!"

According to the report, additional judges for the episode are expected to be announced shortly. The musical dramedy will return on an all new night on February 25th on FOX.

Glee is a musical comedy about a group of ambitious and talented kids who escape the harsh realities of high school by joining a Glee club, where they find strength, acceptance and, ultimately, their voice. Last year's graduates and aspiring singers, RACHEL BERRY (Lea Michelle) and KURT HUMMEL (Chris Colfer), packed their bags for New York and enrolled at a prestigious performing arts school, NYADA, where they made new friends and learned the cruel realities of college. These naïve freshmen moved into a Brooklyn loft, signed up for internships, auditioned for Broadway shows and gained a roommate when SANTANA LOPEZ (Naya Rivera) moved to the Big Apple.

Since its debut, Glee has become a bona fide cultural phenomenon, received prestigious honors, including a Golden Globe Award and a Peabody Award, and singlehandedly made Glee clubs cool again. The series boasts critical acclaim, a die-hard fan base, two Grammy Award nominations, two platinum and five gold albums, more than 43 million songs and more than 13 million albums sold worldwide, two sold-out concert tours, a 3-D movie and four Emmy Awards and three Golden Globes, including the award for Best Television Series - Comedy or Musical.

GLEE has attracted A-list guest stars, from Gwyneth Paltrow to Kate Hudson and Sarah Jessica Parker. This season, Demi Lovato (THE X FACTOR) guest-stars as "Dani," a New York-based struggling artist and friend of Rachel and Santana's.


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