In a strange turn of events, ‘Glee’s Valentine’s Day episode includes a Whitney Houston song, which was filmed before her passing on Saturday night, so producers were unsure what they were going to do with the episode.
The masterminds behind ‘Glee’ have decided to dedicate the show to Houston in honor of her incredible influence on music over the years and to tribute her untimely passing. A representative for Fox spoke to E! Online about how they were going to rework the episode to include something special for Whitney. They said;
“Purely coincidentally, the episode contains Mercedes (Amber Riley) singing ‘I Will Always Love You,’ the Dolly Parton song Houston made famous in The Bodyguard. The producers have decided to dedicate the episode to Houston’s memory with a card in the end credits.”
Riley said that she met Houston for the first time on Thursday and said that she was heartbroken when she learned of Houston’s passing. She said;
“I didn’t need her to take a picture with me. I didn’t need an autograph. The fact that she even acknowledged that I was standing there was enough for me. I was very broken up [on Sunday]. My dad actually called me and told me. He was like, ‘Are you driving because I’ll need you to pull over’ because he knows how much I love Whitney Houston.”
Riley’s character Mercedes will be singing Whitney’s classic ‘I Will Always Love You’ as she fights through her feelings for Sam (Chord Overstreet) and Shane (LaMarcus Tinker).
‘Glee’s’ Valentine’s Day episode will air tomorrow night on Fox at 8 p.m.