As Heard on 'Glee': If It Isn't Any Obvious, It's All Madonna
As Heard on 'Glee': If It Isn't Any Obvious, It's All Madonna
What do you do when one of the biggest artists in the world gives you permission to use any song in her repertoire? Make the most of it, of course! Glee did just that with last night's Madonna tribute, and while the zings are fine and the plot's getting twisty, we tuned in mostly for the songs... and they did not disappoint. (And with news that there's a second Madonna episode in the works, maybe this isn't the end of it all.)

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"Express Yourself"
Glee-fied by the ladies of New Directions

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Yes, we know what Rachel can do. Yes, we know. This is pretty good--the energy is strong and the visuals are, well, strong too--but compared to the other performances last night, this pales.

"Borderline"/"Open Your Heart"
Glee-fied by Lea Michele and Cory Monteith

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Finn's Autotune is getting less and less obvious! It's still there, but like last week's the Doors cover, it doesn't get in the way in this performance. And the mash-up was quite ingenious.

"Vogue"
Glee-fied by Jane Lynch

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Three things make this performance amazing. One, it's a shot-by-shot homage to the original music video. Two, it really is Jane Lynch singing: it's nice seeing a different (and unlikely) side to that evil cheerleading coach. Three, they actually sneaked in Sue's hatred for Will there. Smart.

"Like A Virgin"

Glee-fied by Cory Monteith, Jayma Mays, Jonathan Groff, Lea Michele, Matthew Morrison and Naya Rivera

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I actually like this performance more than "Vogue". Turning the song into a peek at the turning points for three relationships (well, one relationship and two rebounds) was an interesting, and pretty riveting approach. Not to mention what I said last night: it's sexy, it's slightly disturbing, and it's got Santana singing.

"4 Minutes"
Glee-fied by Amber Riley and Chris Colfer

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I know friends who like this performance, but I'm a bit unsettled by Kurt's Autotune. Yes, it's a necessary evil on the show, but it actually distorted his voice quite a bit, didn't it?

"What It Feels Like For A Girl"
Glee-fied by the men of New Directions

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Plus points simply because you don't hear guys singing a Madonna song. More plus points for making it sound quite good.

"Like A Prayer"
Glee-fied by everyone from New Directions

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This finally gives Glee a new sing-along moment along the lines of "Don't Stop Believin'". And they gave solos to pretty much everyone. Jonathan Groff was in here too, right?

(Images courtesy of Fox)




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