Monday, 30 May 2011

I'm A Gleek #2, #10 - 1

Will: Who can tell us what an anthem is?
Brittany: The bottom on an ant's pant.
Will: So close.

We've listened to twenty of the best songs that featured in Glee's sophomore season, but now we get THE best. If you haven't read part one or part two, check them out... now! Alright, last time I gave you some Brittany quotes to get you ready for some sweet, sweet music. This time, it's Sue Sylvester. Hopefully in season three, we get to see more of Sue and a return to her evil, evil ways.

* You don't go in that cannon and this routine will be all boom, boom and now pow. And that, Brittany, is so 2008 and late.

* I prefer to think of the homeless as outdoorsy. So shine on urban campers!

* Don't let your own recklessness blind you to the fact that Britney Spears is a genius pop culture provocateur and a gateway drug to every out of control impulse ever created.

* Female football coach... like a male nurse. Sin against nature.

#10. Firework (Rachel)
originally by Katy Perry

This was such a great character building moment for Rachel Berry. When she realised that Finn doesn't see fireworks when he kisses her, but he does when he kisses Quinn, she kissed goodbye to that sinking ship and chose to focus on herself. As we know, that went out the window by what... the next episode? But for a minute there it actually looked like Rachel was being allowed to grow. Oh, and K. Perry? That's how you belt out a tune.

#9. I Want To Hold Your Hand (Kurt)
originally by The Beatles

Burt Hummel is pretty much TV's best Dad. Having a tea party with a young Kurt and not being a douce about it? Yeah... TV's best Dad. With Burt lying in a coma, Kurt chose to sing 'I Want To Hold Your Hand,' delivering his best solo of the season and earning Chris Colfer an Emmy for Best Supporting Actor. Not too shabby.

#8. Marry You (New Directions)
originally by Bruno Mars

One of the happiest moments in any TV show this year would have to be the wedding between Burt Hummel and Carole Hudson. Glee celebrated the occasion as only it could, with a song and a dance and admit it... if you were at that wedding, you'd be loving it! You know what else we need more of in season 3? Burt and Carole!

#7. River Deep, Mountain High (Mercedes and Santana)
originally by Ike and Tina Turner

So close to being the best duet of the season. Can anyone please explain to me how Santana and Mercedes lost the duets competition to Sam and Quinn after this performance? These two have gotten better with each season and 'River Deep, Mountain High' blew 'The Boy Is Mine' out of the water. What can they give us in their possible final year?

#6. Turning Tables (Holly Holiday)
originally by Adele

Gwyneth Paltrow did what many thought was impossible. She delivered an outstanding cover of Adele's 'Turning Tables.' Not only that, the lyrics summed up Holly Holiday's character perfectly while ending the relationship between her character and Will... at least for now. Ryan Murphy wants her back at some stage next season, but I'd be happy if this was the last we see of Holly. 'Turning Tables' was the perfect swan song for everyone's favourite substitute teacher.

#5. For Good (Rachel and Kurt)
from Wicked: The Musical

Yep. Kurt and Rachel never disappoint. The best duet this season, if not the best in the show's short history. Rachel for Elphaba in 2015? Why not just put her in the big screen adaptation, if it ever gets off the ground. 

#4. Try A Little Tenderness (Mercedes)
originally by Otis Redding

#3. My Man (Rachel)
from Funny Girl

Our two favourite ladies, battling it out for lead at Nationals. Mercedes gave her best performance (yeah, ever!), but you can't deny Rachel's emotional attachment to the song made her the clear winner here. Even Kurt conceded defeat after watching Rachel dominate. The real winners, of course, were us. The two greatest solo performances of the season. Yet, there was still one song in this episode that we'll remember more.

#2. Pure Imagination (New Directions)
from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Without a doubt, my favourite episode this season was the penultimate one, 'Funeral.' Everyone brought their A-Game acting and singing ability, the story was top notch and every character seemed to find their voice again. While the solo's at #3 and #4 (as well as Santana and Kurt's stellar contributions) had us on the edge of our seats, waiting to find out who would win the competition, 'Pure Imagination' tugged extremely hard at our heart strings. Will Sue Sylvester really remember what the Glee club did for her here? Yes. Will it stop her from trying to crush them next year? I sure hope not.

#1. Get It Right/Loser Like Me (Rachel and New Directions)

I can't be the only one that was a little concerned when it was announced Glee would be moving into original song territory. Moving away from covering songs we already loved was a risky move, but you've got to admit... they did a pretty damn good job with 'Get It Right' and 'Loser Like Me.' Sure, they're not the best songs, but they're not meant to be. You could believe that a group of 17 year olds wrote these tracks and you also believe the feeling behind them, especially Rachel's 'Get It Right.' It's going to be hard to top these (as we already found out in the season finale), but you've got to have faith that we'll hear something amazing come Nationals next year. Do I even need to mention how good Rachel's vocals were in 'Get It Right?' Didn't think so.

September can't come soon enough... Bring on season 3! 

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