Lindsay Lohan and One Direction to star in Glee
Bisexual actress Lohan to star as herself while boyband One Direction seeks gay fanbase in hit TV show
Troubled American actress Lindsay Lohan is to star as herself in Glee.
The bisexual star, who has been the focus of media attention more for her drink, drunk and party antics in recent years than her acting, will reportedly appear as a celebrity judge at a big contest near the end of this current season.
It's thought Lohan's role in the hit TV show will be the next step in her bid to make a serious comeback.
Lohan, who says she is bisexual and not a lesbian despite a very public relationship with DJ Samantha Ronson, has been mentioned in Glee before, but only as the butt of jokes.
This time around, it's hoped she will be presented in a more positive light.
But Lohan isn't the only person aiming to boost their careers with a little help from Glee.
It's just been announced that British boyband One Direction are angling to attract an American gay fanbase by featuring in the smash US TV show.
The band, made up of Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson, have been given the honor of having their debut single, What Makes You Beautiful, performed by the Glee stars.
By doing so, they will follow in the footsteps of gay icons Madonna, Britney Spears and Lady Gaga and cement their appeal to a legion of gay American fans.
‘I've just heard of them – they’re really taking over the States,’ says Matthew Morrison, who plays heartthrob teacher Will Schuester in the show.
The move is the latest in a string of successes for the band, who initially found fame coming third in the UK version of Simon Cowell's X Factor TV show.
What Makes You Beautiful hit the number one spot in the UK in September 2011 and the group's album, Up All Night, became the fastest selling debut album on the British album chart of 2011, selling 138,631 copies.
And across the Atlantic, Up All Night stormed to the top of America's Billboard 200, selling 176,000 copies in its first week, making One Direction the first UK group in history to debut at number one with their first album.
‘They’ve made it now though, they’re on Glee,’ joked Morrison. ‘This will probably help their record sales too.’
Rumors that two of One Direction's members, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson are in a relationship with each other are following the boys around the US.
Questioned about the fact that the two shared an apartment in London, band mate Liam Payne reportedly told Dallas TV station KXAS: ‘It's quite cute, actually, the fans make these things… like bromances between us. It's funny.’
At the time of writing it was unclear when One Direction's Glee episode will be broadcast.