‘Glee’ music preview: Chris Colfer, Lea Michele’s NYADA auditions

Good luck impressing Whoopi.

After two weeks of tributes, there is going to be a little less music this week on “Glee” — however, this may be a good thing since it gives more time to focus on the powerful story that is Rachel (Lea Michele) and Kurt (Chris Colfer) trying to maker their NYADA dreams come true.

Since this episode is entitled “Choke,” though, don’t expect everything to go particularly well for our two lead characters…

“Not the Boy Next Door,” Chris Colfer – This is not the sort of song we would have thought about when it comes to an audition from Kurt … but it completely works! This song from “The Boy from Oz” is theatrical, fun, and it could get Kurt the golden ticket that he has long been dreaming about.

“Cry,” Lea Michele – Meanwhile, this song from Rachel has us genuinely worried. Early buzz had her auditioning to her “Don’t Rain on My Parade,” and if it doesn’t go well this Kelly Clarkson song could be the result of that.

With that being said, we have to give Michele credit here for tackling an incredibly difficult song, and also managing somehow to sound like Kelly in the process.

“School’s Out,” Mark Salling – While it has not received the same sort of billing as the NYADA auditions, Puck is going to have a big storyline this week as he struggles to try and pass his courses to make it to graduation. Considering that he is on the front cover of the graduation album wearing a cap and gown, we’re hopeful for the guy (though we wish we could say the same thing about Brittany).

As for this Alice Cooper song, it’s fun — though it’s also the same sort of song that Puck has performed a dozen times already on the show.

“The Rain in Spain,” Cory Monteith, Mark Salling, Chord Overstreet, Harry Shum Jr., Darren Criss, Kevin McHale, Samuel Larsen, and Damian McGinty – Look, Rory’s getting something to do! Unfortunately, it involves taking part in this bizarre “My Fair Lady” track.

Not only can we never see a number of macho guys singing a song from “My Fair Lady,” but the British accents are ridiculous. As good as the “Glee” writers are with some of their female characters, there are also some times when they pick songs for men like they were trying to shoot a free throw blindfolded.

“Shake It Out,” Jenna Ushkowitz, Naya Rivera, Heather Morris, Amber Riley, and Vanessa Lengies – We were told that Lengies’ Sugar was a part of this song, but based upon multiple listens (as well as one of the comments here), she really doesn’t seem to be there.

Regardless, this is a pretty fantastic rendition of a Florence + the Machine hit.

“Cell Block Tango,” Jenna Ushkowitz, Naya Rivera, Heather Morris, and Vanessa Lengies – Who doesn’t love to hear high schools singing about murder? (That, my friends, is sarcasm. This song from “Chicago” is as entertaining here as it was in the movie and the musical, but we still have no way of knowing why in the world the group is singing this to begin with.

Which one of these songs do you enjoy the most?

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