How Dean Geyer Graduated From 'Australian Idol' to 'Glee' (Video)
The 26-year-old didn't win the popular singing competition, but scored big-time when the show launched a successful acting career that will next see him playing Lea Michele's love interest.
SYDNEY - On Monday, Fox announced that Australian Idol alumnus Dean Geyer would be the newest addition to the hit show Glee. And not only would the 26-year-old be joining the cast on season four, the blue-eyed looker will be playing Lea Michele's latest love interest Brody Weston, an upperclassman at NYADA who has his eye on Rachel (Michele).
Geyer is a South African born singer-songwriter who first made a name for himself in Australia when he came in third on the fourth season of Australian Idol. The year was 2006 and after auditioning in Melbourne, the Johannesburg native swiftly progressed in the competition, taking on songs like Gavin Degraw's "I Don't Wanna Be," Bon Jovi's "You Give Love a Bad Name" and Ryan Cabrera's "On the Way Down."
But like so many frontrunners, Geyer's journey was cut short, just shy of that year's finale at the Sydney Opera House. Still, Sony signed the singer not long after the show and released one album, 2007's Rush. With a strong debut, he went on tour with popular Aussie duo The Veronicas and was even briefly engaged to singer Lisa Origliasso.
Clearly a favorite of TV audiences, Geyer was next cast as a regular on Australian supersoap Neighbors, from 2007 to 2009, and was also seen on Fox’s Terra Nova. He made his feature film debut in action drama Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown alongside MMA fighter Scott Epstein.
As for his fellow finalists from the fourth season of Australian Idol? They too have seen successful careers. Winner Damian Leith is an established recording artist, TV host and novelist down under, while runner-up Jessica Mauboy has also segued from music to acting, starring in 2010’s indigenous musical Bran Nue Dae and in The Sapphires, which had its world premiere in an out of competition screening at the Cannes Film Festival in May.
Watch Geyer perform Edwin McCain's "I'll Be" -- clearly an Idol favorite the world over -- below: