Last night's Glee season 2 premiere actually stuck pretty close to Will Schuester's song selection formula: "25% show tunes, 25% hip hop, 25% classic rock." (With that last 25% reserved for all things pop.)
Add it all up and what do you get? "100% gay," according to Jacob. Yes, Jacob, if by 100% gay, you mean 100% awesome.
Last night's kick-off episode, "Audition," was all about introducing us to the season's new voices, Sam and Sunshine, while reminding us just how spectacular Lea Michele's still is. What the premiere playlist didn't do is shove a theme down our throats. Instead, we got a grab bag of big hits from this year, showtunes and one epic Dreamgirls ballad.
"Empire State of Mind"
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Originally performed by Jay-Z and Alicia KeysGlee
-ified by the Glee club
The Gleeks kicked off the new season with the biggest hit of the year, and Artie, Finn and Puck took turns rapping while Mercedes and Rachel, backed by the group, mightily covered Alicia Keys' gorgeous chorus notes. It was a great, exuberant way to reintroduce us all to our old friends, and reminded me just how much range this troupe of talented kids really has. "Every Rose Has Its Thorn"
Originally performed by Bret Michaels and the boys of PoisonGlee
-ified by Sam Evans (Chord Overstreet)
Naked Sam stripped down this Poison hit to just his sweet voice, and even though he was just goofing around in the shower, I still liked it more than when Miley Cyrus covered it. Actually, that might have a lot to do with the shower.
"Getting to Know You"
Originally performed in The King and I
Glee-ified by Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz)
Tina only got through a couple lines of this classic Broadway song before using her mouth to attack Mike Chang. But with abs like that, can you blame her?
Originally performed by Lady Gaga and BeyonceGlee
-ified by Rachel (Lea Michele) and Sunshine (Charice)
powers that be chose the perfect diva-off song to showcase the well-matched voices of Rachel Berry and Sunshine Corazon. If you were able to get over any questions about how these two could autotune themselves in the girls' bathroom, you probably said the same thing Sunshine did when it was over: "That was fun!" "Billionaire"
Originally performed by Travis McCoyGlee
-ified by Sam and the boys of New Directions
Sorry Travis McCoy, but I think Sam just sang your song better than you did. Good luck becoming a "Billionaire" when his version gets more iTunes downloads than yours did. "Listen"
Originally performed by Beyonce Knowles in DreamgirlsGlee
-ified by Sunshine Corazon
Tiny girl + Big, booming voice + Gorgeous Beyonce song = We all
listened. And I, for one, got chills. "What I Did For Love"
Originally performed in A Chorus LineGlee
-ified by Rachel
It's a real testament to the power of Lea Michele's voice that we can still recognize and appreciate her beautiful performance of this song while also laughing that her character Rachel turned into a love song to herself
. I guess when you can sing like that, self-love is justified, huh?What did you think of last night's songs? Favorites and least favorites?
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