To celebrate Glee's
fast approaching 100th episode we'll be taking a look at the top six moments from the original six Glee
members: Mercedes, Tina, Artie, Finn, Kurt and Rachel over the next week. Here's the top six moments from Mercedes, one of the original glee club members at McKinley High.
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's dynamic diva Mercedes Jones, played by the incredibly talented Amber Riley, has come a long way from her first appearance on the FOX hit show in the pilot episode. It was tough to decide on so few moments that stood out the most during her time with the other Gleeks.
After careful consideration, and in no particular order, here are six of the best moments on Glee for Mercedes, one of the six original glee club members who've been with us since the beginning (even if she's been used in a more limited capacity by the show lately!).
In the sixteenth episode of Glee, Mercedes, then a newly appointed member of the Cheerios, struggled to lose weight after being ordered to do so by Sue Sylvester to prepare for an interview with a cheerleading magazine. She goes so far with her dieting that she faints in the school cafeteria, which she is extremely embarrassed by.
But thanks in part to a little pep talk with Quinn, Mercedes remembered that she is beautiful just as she is, and expresses this in a big way. On the day of the pep rally she was supposed to lose ten pounds for, she ditches the cheerleading routine originally planned, and performs the Christina Aguilera hit instead. It's one of my favorite covers of the song.
"Hell to the No"
Glee has a limited number of original songs, and Mercedes' "Hell to the No" is a standout among them. She wrote the song as a possible addition to the set list for Regionals during Glee's second season, and her performance of the song in the episode "Original Song" was epic.
And although Mr. Schuester ended up turning down the offer of using it for the competition, it's still a hit in my book. Mercedes wrote and performed it all on her own, and it's a catchy tune! I think it definitely deserves a mention.
"And I Will Always Love You"
Does anyone else remember Mercedes unintentional tribute to the late, great Whitney Houston just days after her unexpected death?
Mercedes, and in turn Amber Riley's, cover of the Houston hit was in response to the character breaking up with her current boyfriend, Shane, but then refraining from getting together with Sam right away afterwards; partly because she felt guilty for having feelings for him while dating the other boy, but also because she wanted to sort out her feelings for the Trouty Mouthed fellow glee club member first.
I was really proud of Mercedes for wanting to do some soul searching first, and that performance--wow. It would have been amazing even if it hadn't ended up a tribute the way that it did, but with that additional layer added to the whole thing, the performance Mercedes gave was even more exceptional.
Sectionals Solo Audition
Back again to the first season of Glee, on the episode focused on the Glee club's first Sectionals competition, Rachel assumed she'd sing the solo piece for the competition. But Mercedes was having none of that, and sang the Dreamgirls hit "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going," to fight for her chance to have the spotlight.
It's a success, and Rachel agrees that Mercedes should have the solo. Thanks to later shenanigans, she doesn't actually get to perform it for sectionals, but it was still a seriously good performance that remains one of my favorites by her.
Playing Dr. Frank N. Furter
Hear me out. I know many of us have some issues with "The Rocky Horror Glee Show." There are many reasons viewers and critics alike disagreed on it. Good reasons.
But you have to admit, the fact that Mercedes claimed the lead role in the first school musical featured on the show is pretty awesome. And an amazing moment for her character, despite everything else.
"I'll Stand By You"
I had to be sure to get a more recent moment in for Mercedes, even though she's been on the show less recently. And this performance during "The Quarterback," the tribute episode for Finn and Cory Monteith, was an obvious choice.
The song "I'll Stand By You" was originally covered for the show by Finn, way back in season one when he thought he was going to be a father. Mercedes covering it in his honor, and covering it flawlessly, might I add, was a beautiful moment in a touching tribute episode.
What do you say, Gleeks? Can you think of other top moments for Mercedes? Comment below with your choices!
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Check back tomorrow for the next character celebration piece and make sure to watch the 100th episode of Glee, airing March 18 at 9pm on FOX.
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