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Glee Highlights from “Swan Song”

December 9, 2012

Glee had another great episode this week which detailed the after math of Marley (the very talented newbie Melissa Benoist) passing out at Sectionals and Rachel (Emmy/Golden Globe nominee Lea Michele) competing in a showcase at NYADA. Predictably the best numbers were the NYADA showcase songs by Rachel and Kurt who was granted an impromptu re-audition at the showcase and a hot dance/sing off with Rachel and her teacher Cassie (the sure to be Emmy nominated Kate Hudson). However, I have to say when the Glee kids reunited on the Crowded House classic ’86 hit “Don’t Dream It’s Over”, I got all misty. Check out the performances below and catch Glee’s holiday episode this Thursday on Fox.

Rachel (Lea Michele) “Being Good isn’t Good Enough“: This performance was simply stunning at Michele tore through the Broadway tune from Hallelujah Baby with fierce vocals. It was the first of four times in “Swan Song” that I was moved to tears.

Rachel (Lea Michele) “O Holy Night”: when given an encore performance, Rachel chose this Christmas classic and had me crying again. Simply stunning.

Kurt (Chris Colfer) “Being Alive”: this Sondheim tune from Company gave Colfer his best moment all season. It was a gorgeous performance that let him dig deep but yet keep it subtle and real. I really loved it and the kleenex came out again.

Glee kids & Finn (Cory Monteith) “Don’t Dream It’s Over”: the final group number had the patented optimism the show is known for and it was a wonderful rendition, that yes, brought me to tears.

To end on a less teary note, please enjoy the fantastic and sexy duet between Rachel & Cassie (Kate Hudson) on “All that Jazz” from Chicago.


Highlights from Glee’s Thanksgiving Episode

December 1, 2012

While it seems that most viewers are enjoying the newly invigorated season of Glee, I have to say I am loving it for the most part (aside from that Glease debacle)… Anywho, this week was one of the best episodes of the seasons as they Glee kids prepped for Sectionals and Rachel and Kurt celebrated Thanksgiving in New York. Take a look at a couple of my favorite performances from the week.

First up, Rachel (Emmy/Golden Globe nominee Lea Michelle) and Kurt (Emmy nominee/Golden Globe winner Chris Colfer) take on the Scissor Sisters recent # 1 dance hit “Let’s Have a Kiki” mashed up with the classic “Turkey Lurkey Song”. They’re also joined by Emmy/Golden Globe winner Sarah Jessica Parker as Kurt’s mentor and RuPaul’s Drag Rae alum Shangela.

Next we have the Glee club’s fun take on the worldwide # 1 smash phenomena “Gangnam Style” by Psy with solos by Sam (Chord Overstreet) and Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) that has a dramatic ending!

The Warblers were also a big part of the episode performing Flo Rida‘s recent #1 hit “Whistle” and One Directions’s former # 3 hit “Live While We’re Young”. Check out the later featuring Nolan Gerard Funk and Grant Gustin below.

Finally, here’s my favorite song of the episode “Homeward Bound/Home” a mashup of the Simon & Garfunkel classic and the current top ten hit by American Idol winner Phillip Phillips. It’s a beautiful interpretation featuring our favorite classic Glee characters Finn (Cory Monteith), Quinn (Diana Agron), Puck (Mark Salling), Mercedes (Amber Riley), Mike (Harry Shum Jr.) and Santana (Naya Rivera).

Lady Gaga, “Pariah” and “Dancing With the Stars” win the first round of GLAAD Awards

March 25, 2012

Last night, the first round of awards for the annual Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Awards were announced at a ceremony in San Francisco. Hosted by Glee stars Cory Montieth and Naya Rivera, the show honored the film Pariah for Outstanding Film in Limited Release and Lady Gaga for Musical Artist. Dancing With the Stars won the Reality Show award for the first time following a season featuring gay contestant Carson Kressley and its first transgender contestant Chaz Bono. Other awards to the brilliant TV Movie Cinema Verite, Diane Sawyer, The Oprah Winfrey Show and Smash/Chicago/Hairspray producers Neil Meron & Craig Zadan . Take a look at the winners below and for more on GLAAD, head here. Also watch for the next round of winners in April which will include the TV Drama and Comedy Series winners.

Craig Zadan & Neil Meron, executive producers of Smash

Katy Butler, openly gay 17-year-old anti-bullying advocate

Pariah (Focus Features)

Cinema Verite (HBO)

The ‘Sissy Boy’ Experiments, Anderson Cooper 360

Battle Against Bullying, ABC World News with Diane Sawyer

No Word in Guyanese for Me by Wendy Graf

The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures by Tony Kushner

Southern Comfort, book and lyrics by Dan Collins, music by Julianne Wick Davis

Dancing with the Stars (ABC)

“Coming Out on the Oprah Show: 25 Years of Unforgettable Guests” The Oprah Winfrey Show (syndicated)

Lady Gaga, Born This Way

And here’s Musical Artist winner Lady Gaga with her equality anthem “Born This Way”

Glee sings with the People’s Choice Awards

November 8, 2011

Glee is having a critically resurgent season this fall and tonight is their big “First Time” episode featuring a couple of big “firsts” in the romantic lives of their couples Kurt (Chris Colfer) & Blaine (Darren Criss) and Rachel (Lea Michelle) and Finn (Cory Monteith). So, it’s fitting that today the show has more to celebrate as it lead this morning’s People’s Choice Award nominations garnering 7 nods including Favorite Comedy and bids for stars Colfer, Monteith, Michelle, Jane Lynch and guest stars Kristin Chenowith and Gwyneth Paltrow. We’ll see how the show fares when the awards are handed out on CBS on January 11th, 2012 live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles…. Leading the music nominees were the ladies with Katy Perry, Beyonce, Adele, Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga all garnering multiple nods. On the movie side, The Help, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Bridesmaids and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 led the charge. One interesting note came with the four nominations for Ryan Reynolds despite all of his movies tanking this year…. To vote for your favorites, head to the People’s Choice site here and check out all the nominees below.

Favorite TV Competition Show

American Idol
America’s Got Talent
Dancing with the Stars
So You Think You Can Dance
The Voice

Favorite Network TV Comedy

The Big Bang Theory
How I Met Your Mother
Modern Family
Two and a Half Men

Favorite TV Comedy Actor

Alec Baldwin
Chris Colfer
Cory Monteith
Jim Parsons
Neil Patrick Harris

Favorite TV Comedy Actress

Courteney Cox
Jane Lynch
Kaley Cuoco
Lea Michele
Tina Fey

Favorite Song of the Year

The Edge Of Glory, by Lady Gaga
E.T, by Katy Perry featuring Kanye West
Moves Like Jagger, by Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera
Party Rock Anthem, by LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennet and GoonRock
Rolling in the Deep, by Adele

Favorite Band

Foo Fighters
Linkin Park
Maroon 5
Red Hot Chili Peppers

Favorite Male Artist

Blake Shelton
Bruno Mars
Enrique Iglesias
Justin Bieber

Favorite Country Artist

Blake Shelton
Keith Urban
Lady Antebellum
Rascal Flatts
Taylor Swift

Favorite Book Adaptation

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
The Help
I Am Number Four
Soul Surfer
Water For Elephants


Favorite Network TV Drama

The Good Wife
Grey’s Anatomy
The Vampire Diaries

Favorite TV Drama Actor

David Boreanz
Hugh Laurie
Ian Somerhalder
Nathan Fillion
Patrick Dempsey

Favorite TV Drama Actress

Blake Lively
Ellen Pompeo
Emily Deschanel
Eva Longoria
Nina Dobrev

Favorite Cable TV Drama

Game of Thrones
Pretty Little Liars
True Blood
White Collar

Favorite Cable TV Comedy

Hot In Cleveland
It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia
Nurse Jackie
Royal Pains

Favorite TV Crime Drama

Criminal Minds

Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy Show

True Blood
The Vampire Diaries
The Walking Dead

Favorite Daytime TV Host

Al Roker, Anne Curry, Matt Lauer, Natalie Morales, Savannah Guthrie (The Today Show)
Anderson Cooper (Anderson)
Ellen DeGeneres (The Ellen DeGeneres Show)
Kelly Ripa, Regis Philbin (Live with Regis & Kelly)
Rachael Ray (Rachael Ray Show)

Favorite Late Night TV Host

Conan O’Brien (Conan)
David Letterman (Late Show with David Letterman)
Jay Leno (The Tonight Show with Jay Leno)
Jimmy Fallon (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon)
Jimmy Kimmel (Jimmy Kimmel Live)

Favorite TV Guest Star

Gwyneth Paltrow (Glee)
Jim Carrey (The Office)
Katy Perry (How I Met Your Mother)
Kristin Chenoweth (Glee)
Michael J. Fox (The Good Wife)

Favorite TV CelebReality Star

Gene Simmons
Giuliana Rancic
Kathy Griffin
Kim Kardashian
Tia and Tamera Mowry

Favorite New TV Drama

A Gifted Man
Hart Of Dixie
Once Upon A Time
Pan Am
Person Of Interest
Prime Suspect
The Secret Circle

Favorite New TV Comedy

2 Broke Girls
Allen Gregory
Last Man Standing
Man Up!
New Girl
Up All Night

Favorite Female Artist

Katy Perry
Lady Gaga
Taylor Swift

Favorite Album of the Year

21, by Adele
4, by Beyoncé
Born This Way, by Lady Gaga
Femme Fatale, by Britney Spears
Own The Night, by Lady Antebellum

Favorite Pop Artist

Demi Lovato
Katy Perry
Lady Gaga

Favorite Hip Hop Artist

Nicki Minaj

Favorite R&B Artist

Bruno Mars
Chris Brown

Favorite Music Video

Judas, by Lady Gaga
Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.), by Katy Perry
Party Rock Anthem, by LMFAO featuring Goonrock and Lauren Bennett
Rolling in the Deep, by Adele
Run The World (Girls), by Beyoncé

Favorite Tour Headliner

Bon Jovi
Katy Perry
Taylor Swift

Favorite Movie

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
The Help
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Favorite Movie Actor

Daniel Radcliffe
Hugh Jackman
Johnny Depp
Robert Pattinson
Ryan Reynolds

Favorite Movie Actress

Anne Hathaway
Emma Stone
Jennifer Aniston
Julia Roberts
Reese Witherspoon

Favorite Movie Icon

George Clooney
Harrison Ford
Morgan Freeman
Robert DeNiro
Tom Hanks

Favorite Action Movie

Fast Five
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
X-Men: First Class

Favorite Action Movie Star

Hugh Jackman
Ryan Reynolds
Shia LaBeouf
Taylor Lautner
Vin Diesel

Favorite Drama Movie

The Adjustment Bureau
The Help
Water for Elephants

Favorite Comedy Movie

Bad Teacher
Crazy Stupid Love
Friends With Benefits
The Hangover Part II

Favorite Comedic Movie Actor

Adam Sandler
Ashton Kutcher
Bradley Cooper
Ryan Reynolds
Steve Carell

Favorite Comedic Movie Actress

Cameron Diaz
Emma Stone
Jennifer Aniston
Mila Kunis
Natalie Portman

Favorite Movie Star Under 25

Chloe Moretz
Daniel Radcliffe
Emma Watson
Rupert Grint
Tom Felton

Favorite Ensemble Movie Cast

The Hangover Part II
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
X-Men: First Class

Favorite Animated Movie Voice

Anne Hathaway as Jewel (Rio)
Jack Black as Po (Kung Fu Panda 2)
Johnny Depp as Rango (Rango)
Katy Perry as Smurfette (The Smurfs)
Owen Wilson as Lightning McQueen (Cars 2)

Favorite Movie Superhero

Chris Evans as Captain America
Chris Hemsworth as Thor
James McAvoy as Professor X
Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique
Ryan Reynolds as Green Lantern

What a Naughty Top Ten!

February 17, 2011

With all the news of Lady Gaga grabbing the # 1 spot on the new Hot 100 with a record-breaking debut, I totally forgot to mention the rest of this week’s new top ten… and what a naughty top ten it is! … Take a look at the filthy titled hits ranked # 5-8 below. The “F” word is all over it and then Rihanna is bringin’ us some S&M! I love it! What’s even more exciting, for me at least, is that I really like 8 of the songs. (Yes, I could do without the Black Eyed Peas and Wiz Khalifa~ who?)… Anywho, well done America for enjoying songs I’m currently enjoying too. Now, if Pink can just make it to # 1 next week, I’ll be thrilled. Check out the new top ten below and head to Billboard for more chart news.

New Top Ten Singles
1. “Born This Way”- Lady Gaga (debut)
2. “Firework”- Katy Perry (lw~ 3)
3. “Grenade”- Bruno Mars (lw~ 2)
4. “Black and Yellow”- Wiz Khalifa (lw~ 1)
5. “Fuckin’ Perfect”- Pink (lw~ 4)
6. “Tonight I’m Fucking You”- Enrique Iglesias w/Ludacris (lw~6)
7. “Fuck You”- Cee Lo Green (lw~ 17)
8. “S & M”- Rihanna (lw~ 33)
9. “The Time (Dirty Bit)”- Black Eyed Peas (lw~ 19)
10. “Hold it Against Me”- Britney Spears (lw~ 10)

And here’s a Rihanna’s naughty new video for “S&M” too

Oh, and before I go, I mentioned in my last post that the Glee cast just broke the record for most Hot 100 chart entries with 113 charted songs beating Elvis Presley. Well, they also chart more singles in one week than they’ve ever done before with 9 songs. Here they are below.

Glee songs charting this week~
34. “Firework”- Rachel (Lea Michelle)
38. “Thriller/Heads Will Roll”- The Cast
44. “Bills Bills Bills”- Blaine (Darren Criss) & the Warblers
45. “Silly Love Songs”- Blaine & the Warblers
47. “When I Get You Alone”- Blaine & the Warblers
56. “Fat Bottomed Girls”- Puck (Mark Salling)
58. “P.Y.T.”- Artie (Kevin McHale)
62. “Need You Now”- Rachel & Puck
87. “She’s Not There”- Finn (Cory Monteith) & the Boys

Ranking the Glee Songs for the First Half of this Season

February 2, 2011

It’s almost time for the return of Glee. Following what seems like an eternity, but has actually only been about 2 months, the Golden Globe winning pop phenom Glee will be back with two new episodes next week. Things start off with the supersized Super Bowl episode on Sunday 2/6 following that big game, and then we’ll get another all new Valentine’s Day episode on the 8th. I, naturally, can’t wait. We’ve already heard there will be songs by Michael Jackson and Lady Antebellum in Sunday’s episode and there will be a lot of love songs for the 8th. So, that got me thinking… Just what have been the best songs the show has delivered so far this season? Well, I have gone over the tracks again and I’ve ranked the top 15 for you. Interestingly, newcomers Charice and Darren Criss and guest Gwyneth Paltrow all made appearances on my list outshining some of the shows stars like Cory Monteith, Matthew Morrison and Amber Riley. It’s also interesting to note that Golden Globe winner Chris Colfer is all over the list. It’s no doubt due to his great material with the bullying storyline and his father’s heart attack story arc…. Take a look at my list and let me know which songs have been the standouts so far for you this season.

First some honorable mentions songs:
“Valerie”- Santana (Naya Rivera) and the Cast
“Toucha Toucha Toucha Touch Me”- Will (Matthew Morrison) & Emma (Jayma Mays)
“Stronger”- Artie (Kevin McHale)
“Le Jazz Hot”- Kurt (Colfer)
“The Only Exception”- Rachel (Lea Michele) & cast
“I Look to You”- Mercedes (Amber Riley)
“One Love”- Artie & Puck (Mark Salling)

And here’s my Top 15 for the first half of season 2:

15. “Sweet Transvestite Mercedes & Cast
14. “Lucky”- Quinn (Diana Agron) & Sam (Chord Overstreet)
13. “Telephone”- Rachel & Sunshine (Charice)
12. “One of Us”- Cast
11. “Livin’ on a Prayer/Start Me Up” – The Girls
10. “Umbrella/Singin’ in the Rain”- Holly (Gwyneth Paltrow) & the Cast
9. “Happy Days are Here Again/Get Happy”- Rachel & Kurt
8. “River Deep Mountain Hight”- Mercedes & Santana
7. “Baby It’s Cold Outside”- Kurt & Blaine (Darren Criss)
6. “What I Did for Love”- Rachel
5. “Toxic”- Rachel, Brittany (Heather Morris), Mr. Shu & the Cast

4. “Listen”- Sunshine

3. “Forget You”- Holly & the Cast

2. “Teenage Dream”- Blaine & the Warblers

1. “I Want to Hold Your Hand”- Kurt

Another New Glee Promo!

September 5, 2010

The Glee marketing blitz has begun and we just got our second promo for the new season which begins Tuesday Sept. 21st. Check it out below. It features new guest stars pop singer Charice, John Stamos and a quick clip of Chord Overstreet who is rumored to be the new football player/glee club member rival for Finn (Cory Monteith) and possible boyfriend for Kurt (Chris Colfer). Enjoy!

The Awesome Jimmy Fallon/GLEE Emmy opening!

August 30, 2010

Check out the hilarious and awesome opening number from tonight’s Emmy Awards. It’s a tribute to the multiple Emmy nominated Glee with host Jimmy Fallon joined by a host of stars who perform Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run” glee club style. Also featured are Glee stars Chris Colfer, Lea Michelle, Cory Monteith, Amber Riley, Emmy winner Jane Lynch, the iconic Betty White (also an Emmy winner this year for SNL), Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Joel McHale(Community), Jorge Garcia (Lost), Nina Dobrev (The Vampire Diaries) and Tina Fey (30 Rock).

Emmy Glee Opening number “Born to Run”

Miss GLEE’s Amazing Season Finale? … Check it out here!

June 9, 2010

Last night Glee aired its wonderful emotional season finale entitled “Journey” which perfectly summed up the show’s first season , not to mention it included some great music by Journey. It was easily one of the best episodes of the season and had me laughing and crying left and right as the club headed to regionals and Quinn had her baby. It was also one of the rare episodes, like the pilot and the Madonna eppy, where I loved every song and immediately purchased them on iTunes. It also included some hilarious Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) one liners (“Kiss my ass Josh Groban!”) and guest appearances by Josh Groban, Olivia Newton-John, Jonathan Groff and Idina Menzel. For the full episode, check it out below.

Glee’s Season Finale “Journey”

And here’s my ranking of last night’s songs….
1. “Faithfully”- Lea Michelle, Cory Monteith & Cast
2. “Anyway You Want It/Lovin’ Touchin’ Squeezin’”- The Cast
3. “Dont Stop Believin’”- The Cast (it’d be higher were it not in the pilot… but kudos on the new arrangement and recording!)
4. “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”- Matthew Morrison with Mark Sailing
5. “Bohemian Rhapsody”- Jonathan Groff & Vocal Adrenaline

Gleeking out at Glee Live!

May 23, 2010

Last night, I gleeked out to no end. I was lucky enough to attend the GLEE LIVE tour at the Gibson Amphitheatre in LA with my friends Anil, Jim and Patrick and big props to Patrick because he got us backstage too! It was an incredible night with amazing performances, great music and great friends. It was also one of the best concerts I’ve ever been to in my entire life, and I go to a lot of concerts. Aside from the incredible talent of the performers, one thing that made the night so magical was the wonderfully jubilant audience. I haven’t been to a show in LA with that kind of positive energy in years, if ever. Nobody had that “impress me” vibe that permeates big shows here in lala land. Instead, it was a communal vibe of love and fun that afforded the performers an opportunity to enjoy themselves as much as the audience on their final night in LA.
The show opened with the cast doing their signature song, Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” and featured most of their big hits. Some highlights included the cast numbers “Jump”, “Somebody to Love”, “Like a Prayer” and a very moving “True Colors” with a lovely solo by Jenna Ushkowitz who plays Tina. We also got a taste of next week’s episode with the ridiculously awesome performance of “Bad Romance” with Tina, Santana, Rachel, Kurt, Mercedes, Mike Wang, and Brittany all in Gaga garb. Sooooo good. Speaking of Brittany, Heather Morris, was pretty much the star of the show. She came out with several of her hilarious asides, in character as Brittany, that were gut bustingly funny and she tore up the show with amazing dancing. She was truly incredible and on stage more than anyone else. You couldn’t take your eyes off her. I mean damn!
We also got a ton of great solos and duets. Amber Riley (Mercedes) and Naya Rivera (Santana) gave a sassy spin to “The Boy is Mine” while Mark Sailing (Puck), Rivera and Riley served up a hot threesome on “The Lady is a Tramp.” Lea Michelle (Rachel) and Cory Monteith (Finn) gave us a taste of the season finale with Journey’s “Faithfully” and Lea and Chris Colfer (Kurt) delivered a beautiful and emotional resonant take on “Defying Gravity” that had me and Lea in tears. That was easily the highlight of the show.
But there was more, Lea showcased her amazing vocals on “Don’t Rain on My Parade” and Amber Riley gave a ferocious spin to “Bust Your Windows”. Seriously, so many numbers, it was just ridiculous! We even got a special guest performance by the amazingly talented Tony nominee Jonathan Groff (Jesse) who joined Lea for a gorgeous version of Hello”. I was be side myself.
Once the curtain closed on this great show, that also featured hilarious video clips featuring Jane Lynch (Sue Sylvester) and Matthew Morrison (Will Schuester), we headed backstage and gleeked out even further. We were fortunate enough to meet the delightful Ushkowitz and the teen dream Monteith who was loving the attention. We also met Jonathan Groff who couldn’t have been nicer and I think fancied me. Ha, ok, maybe I was drinkin’ a lil too much Glee juice all night (ahem, diet coke), but I’m stickin’ to it! Finally we met Glee creator/writer/producer/director Ryan Murphy (also of Popular and Nip/Tuck fame) who was so gracious, intelligent and welcoming. Seriously, one of the best nights of my life. Feel free to giggle at me if you must, but I know you’re jealous. Enjoy the pictures I’ve posted from the show and backstage. Email me if you want to see more and watch Glee Tuesdays on Fox.

And here are some clips of the show….

My favorite “Defying Gravity”~ Chris Colfer (Kurt) and Lea Michele (Rachel)

The Cast “Bad Romance”

Glee Cast “Like A Prayer”

Lea Michelle and Jonathan Groff (Jesse) “Hello”

Glee Live clips