through its fourth season and original New Directions member Tina
Cohen-Chang is still there, though you may not have noticed. While the
character has had the occasional storyline or moment to shine, she
remains the Jan Brady (or, for a more current reference, the Edith
Crawley) of Glee
, always getting the fuzzy end of the lollipop.
Nearly every member of the Glee
cast has been given a solo, their chance to shine, but then I started thinking about Tina. Has she ever had a real solo? Not a lead vocal during a New Directions group number, not a trainwreck, not a dream, not an audition, but a genuine, full-length solo performance? The answer might surprise you.
Because that answer seems to be "No." Believe it or not, in four seasons, Tina has never had an actual, honest-to-God solo. As proof, here's a rundown of all her alleged solos.Lead Vocalist with New Directions
In season 1's "Hairography," Tina landed the solo in a group performance of Cyndi Lauper's "True Colors." She was also the soloist for season 4's ill-fated "Gangnam Style" at Sectionals. But since both performances came with New Directions as back-up, neither was a true solo.Quick Bits
We got to hear a little bit of Tina singing Katy Perry's "I Kissed a Girl" in the pilot when she originally auditioned for New Directions. In season 1's "Preggers," Will gave Tina a solo with "Tonight" from West Side Story
, though we only get to hear a minute of it before nerves caused her to choke. There was also a brief snippet of Tina singing in the season 2 premiere with "Getting to Know You" at summer camp. However, none of these performances were complete and none were released on Glee
's official CDs.Trainwrecks
In season 2 Tina got two solos, but neither was memorable for the right reasons. Her rendition of "My Funny Valentine" was cut short when she seemed to have a psychological breakdown in the choir room and she got heckled off the stage singing "I Follow Rivers" during "A Night of Neglect." Since she didn't really get to finish either song, I don't think they count as true solos.In a Dream
Tina's only real, complete solo performance in the history of Glee came in season 3's "Props" when she sang Celine Dion's "Because You Loved Me." The problem is that it never actually happened, it was when she thought she was Rachel Berry in a dream.
And that's it. Sure, Tina has had solo moments in various group numbers or was featured prominently in duets or trios, but no actual solos.
Hopefully all of that will change in 2013 and Tina can finally get a genuine solo, one that has a beginning, middle and end and which takes place in the real world. Jenna Ushkowitz's Tina has been with the show from day one and Kevin McHale's Artie is the only other member of New Directions who can say that (Brittany didn't pop up until episode 2). The least Glee
can do is let her sing a song.
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