Posts Tagged ‘Naya Rivera’

Glee Goes to the Ballet

April 29, 2013

Last week on Glee, Santana (Naya Rivera) was in a funk trying to figure out where her life will take her. Cue a little inspiration from roommates Rachel (Emmy nominee Lea Michelle) and Kurt (Golden Globe winner Chris Colfer) who were helping Kurt’s boss (Emmy and Golden Globe winner and guest star Sarah Jessica Parker) run a benefit gala for the New York ballet. They enlisted Santana’s help and it sparked her childhood dreams of being a ballerina again. The four also performed a brilliant number from the Tony winning classic musical A Chorus Line. They did the signature “At the Ballet” number and it was so good, I had to share it with you again. Check out Glee going to the ballet below and watch this week’s Glee with guest star Kate Hudson as they take on the songs of Stevie Wonder this Thursday on Fox.

Glee “At the Ballet”

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GLEE gets “Cold Hearted”

March 13, 2013

This week on Glee, new NYC transplant Santana (Naya Rivera) confronts hottie Brodie (Dean Geyer) on his shady ways and she does it in true Glee style. Calling him out on his behavior, Santana belts out Paula Abdul‘s classic #1 hit from 1989 and the performance is awesome and reminiscent of the sexy original video. Check it out below and find out if Brody comes clean to Santana and Rachel (Lea Michelle) Thursday night on Glee after American Idol… Oh and a little trivia for you~ Geyer is a former Idol himself having placed 3rd on Australian Idol a few years back!

Glee “Cold Hearted”

And here’s the original brilliant “Cold Hearted” video by Paula Abdul:

Highlights from GLEE’s “Diva” Episode

February 8, 2013

Last night, Glee went into full on “Diva” mode. There was a sing-off between Kurt (Golden Globe winner Chris Colfer) and Rachel (Emmy nominee Lea Michelle) on the classic Les Miserables lament “Bring Him Home” at NYADA while back at McKinley, all the kids were channelling their inner divas. The best numbers belonged to Naya Rivera‘s Santana returning as she confronted her still lingering love for Brittany and her future and to Jenna Ushkowitz’s Tina who finally got to go center stage with her unrequited love for Blaine and a massive Madonna number. Big props to Glee for finally utilizing Ushkowitz this season. She has waited long enough for the spotlight and just keeps turning it out like a true diva in return. Kudos Tina Cohen Chang!… With that said, take a look at some of my favorite performances from last night’s show and catch Glee Thursday nights on Fox.

Glee “Diva” (Unique, Tina, Blaine, Marley, Brittany and Kitty)

Glee “Girl on Fire” (Santana)

Glee “Nutbush City Limits” (Santana)

Glee “Make No Mistake She’s Mine” (Santana and Sam)

Glee “Hung Up” (Tina)

Glee “Bring Him Home” (Rachel & Kurt)

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).

The Best of Glee’s “Glease”

November 16, 2012

Over the past two week’s, the Emmy winning Glee took on arguably the most popular musical of all time Grease. The results were predictably mixed. While some of it was fun like “Look at Me I’m Sandra Dee” by evil Cheerio Kitty (the deliciously devilish Becca Tobin), much of it was lackluster (“Hand Jive”) or just plain wrong (the cleaned up censor-friendly version of “Grease Lightning” made me want to punch myself in the face). However, there was one great highlight: the show’s take on the classic Rizzo ballad “The Worse Things I Can Do” (originally sung by Oscar nominee and Emmy winner Stockard Channing). Glee wove three different storylines into the song and featured fabulous vocals from Santana (the sorely missed Naya Rivera. Please bring her back full-time), Unique (The Glee Project standout Alex Newell) and a fantastic Kate Hudson as the manipulative and bitter teacher Cassandra July. Wow has Hudson got a great voice (previously noted in the wonderful film musical Nine) and a great body to boot! … Anywho, it was the best part of last night’s show on this improved (for the most part) season of Glee. Enjoy it below… And on a side note, I’m totally digging the season’s newcomers. The aforementioned Tobin is a formidable villain while newbies Melissa Benoist (Marley) and Jacob Artist (Jake) are wonderful singers and performers, not to mention the ridiculously sexy Dean Geyer as Brody. And yes, The Glee Project winner Blake Jenner has proven he deserved the crown as one of the best actors to grace the show to date (although I still wish Ali or Ayleen had won as they exemplify everything Glee stands for better than Jenner)…. For more on Glee, head here and catch the “Dynamic Duets” episode next Thursday on Thanksgiving on Fox.

Glee “There are Worse Things I Could Do”

More GLEE Highlights from “Promasaurus”!

May 9, 2012

Last night, Glee celebrated with their prom episode, “Promasaurus”. I shared with you the cast’s take on One Direction’s current top ten hit “What Makes You Beautiful” last week, and now I have a few more numbers from the show below. Check out Lea Michelle, Darren Criss and Chris Colfer on Fergie‘s # 1 hit “Big Girls Don’t Cry”, Naya Rivera and Diana Agron on a gorgeous version of Berlin’s 1986 Oscar nominated # 1 hit from Top Gun “Take My Breath Away”, and Naya Rivera’s take on Selena Gomez & the Scene‘s recent hit “Love You Like a Love Song” below. Enjoy them and get ready for next week’s double episode of Glee on Tuesday May 15th with the big Nationals competition!

Glee~ “Big Girls Don’t Cry”

Glee~ “Take My Breath Away”

Glee~ “Love You Like a Love Song”

Glee Highlights from “Choke”

May 2, 2012

Last night Glee delivered another strong episode following its delightful Whitney Houston tribute from last week. However, the episode entitled “Choke” dealt with the serious issue of domestic abuse involving Coach Biest (Emmy nominee Dot Marie Jones) coinciding with the dramatic auditions for Kurt (Emmy nominee and Golden Globe winner Chris Colfer) and Rachel (Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Lea Michelle) trying to get into NYADA. Check out my three favorite numbers below and for more on Glee, head here.

Glee- “Shake It Out” by Naya Rivera, Jenna Uskowitz and Amber Riley singing to Coach Biest (originally done by Florence + the Machine)

Glee– “Not the Boy Next Door” by Chris Colfer (originally from The Boy from Oz)

Glee– “Cry” by Lea Michelle (originally done by Kelly Clarkson)

More “Glee”- Whitney Highlights

April 25, 2012

Last week, I shared with you Glee’s amazing a capella version of the late great Grammy winning icon Whitney Houston‘s # 1 smash “How Will I Know”, and last night the episode that featured the song finally aired. Along with that great number, the show tackled six more Whitney classics. They were the # 1’s “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)”, “So Emotional”, “Saving All My Love for You” and the # 4 hits “I Have Nothing”, “It’s Not Right but It’s Ok” and “My Love is Your Love”. Here I have a few more highlights for you from the emotional and wonderful episode. Enjoy.

Glee featuring Darren Criss (Blaine) “It’s Not Right But It’s Ok”

Glee featuring Heather Morris (Brittany) and Naya Rivera (Santana) “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)”

Glee featuring Chris Colfer (Kurt) “I Have Nothing”

Glee featuring Lea Michelle (Rachel) and Naya Rivera (Santana) “So Emotional”

Glee Cast “My Love is Your Love”

An Incredible GLEE Preview~ “How Will I Know”

April 19, 2012

Next Tuesday, Glee features another tribute episode; this one to the late great Whitney Houston. The show has covered this Grammy winning icon before, most notably with Amber Riley’s version of “I Will Always Love You” earlier this year. Now, the show will take on 7 of her greatest hits in an emotional episode that has the cast struggling with their futures and missing this wonderful icon. Now, we have the first peak at the episode with a stunning a cappella version of Whitney’s 1986 # 1 hit “How Will I Know” sung by Riley, Naya Rivera, Chris Colfer and Lea Michelle. Check it out below and I dare you not to get “goosies”. It’s simply brilliant…. And watch the whole Whitney Glee episode Tuesday April 24th on Fox.

Glee “How Will I Know”

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.

VITO RUSSO AWARD
Craig Zadan & Neil Meron, executive producers of Smash

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

OUTSTANDING FILM – LIMITED RELEASE
Pariah (Focus Features)

OUTSTANDING TV MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES
Cinema Verite (HBO)

OUTSTANDING TV JOURNALISM – NEWSMAGAZINE
The ‘Sissy Boy’ Experiments, Anderson Cooper 360

OUTSTANDING TV JOURNALISM SEGMENT
Battle Against Bullying, ABC World News with Diane Sawyer

OUTSTANDING LOS ANGELES THEATRE
No Word in Guyanese for Me by Wendy Graf

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

OUTSTANDING NEW YORK THEATER/ Off-Off Broadway
Southern Comfort, book and lyrics by Dan Collins, music by Julianne Wick Davis

OUTSTANDING REALITY PROGRAM
Dancing with the Stars (ABC)

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

OUTSTANDING MUSIC ARTIST
Lady Gaga, Born This Way

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