August 15, 2012 1:28pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'The Glee Project': Watch Blake's Winning Poem (Exclusive Video)
The Glee Project's Blake Jenner took a big risk Tuesday night and it paid off.
The 19-year-old Florida native, who along with Aylin Baramuglu and Ali Stroker, was a finalist in the second season of the Oxygen reality competition and in a bid to reveal more of his personality than the series' mentors had seen, opened up during this week's finale.
After performing Edwin McCain's "I'll Be" for his last-chance performance for showrunner Ryan Murphy, Jenner noted he chose the song because he wanted to show the mentors a part of his personality he'd yet to share and opened up via poetry.
His "I'm the Guy" poem, which he said he penned the night before the finals, ultimately brought tears to mentors including casting director Robert Ulrich, vocal coach Nikki Anders and several other Glee stars and Glee Project contestants.
Jenner told The Hollywood Reporter early Wednesday that "being deep like that" ultimately helped him in the competition when it mattered most."
"I figured that was a part of me that I didn't have a chance to show Ryan, the writers, mentors and everyone," said Jenner, who won a seven-episode arc on Fox's Glee. "Ryan told me he needed to see more, that I hadn't shown enough and he didn't exactly know who I was yet. I knew this would be my last shot to show him and this was the only thing they hadn't seen."
Watch Jenner's emotional poem, exclusive to THR, above.
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