After a five-week hiatus, Glee returns with a brand new episode next week. The show will feature the return of Mercedes (Amber Riley) and Mike Chang (Harry Shum Jr). With their return, that only leaves Quinn (Dianna Agron) as the sole McKinley High graduate not to return to her former stomping grounds. Hopefully that happens soon. I can’t wait for Quinn to knock down the new HBIC Cheerio a peg or two.

The episode will also mark the debut of the winner of The Glee Project’s second season. Blake Jenner joins the cast as football player Ryder Lynn. Appropriately enough, Finn helps the younger version of himself join New Directions. Titled “The Role You Were Born To Play“, the returning alums help cast this year’s musical of Grease. Reportedly, there are several contenders up for the coveted Danny and Sandy roles. Check out a slew of preview pics just released by FOX below.

Blake Jenner definitely fits the role of high school jock. I wonder if Ryan Murphy had already ordained him the winner of The Glee Project even before the competition started.

Don’t these kids have anything better to do than cast a high school musical version of Grease. Isn’t Mercedes supposed to be in LA singing backup?

Too bad Mercedes wasn’t up there with Alex Newell. The two could be a modern-day Weather Girls.

It’s going to be a bloodbath to play Danny & Sandy. My money is on Kitty. She’s a tad cutthroat ;)

Mercedes gets up on stage to show the newbies how it’s done.

Oh yeah, Coach Beiste returns too.

Emma listening to Beiste’s plea to not leave Lima and follow Will.

Coach Sue Sylvester looks like she’s plotting something. Fingers crossed she is and it’s devilish. I miss Season 1 Sue, don’t you?