‘Glee’ music preview: Nationals, songs for Lea Michele, Jenna Ushkowitz

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Are you ready for Tuesday night’s double-dose of “Glee“? It’s going to be an event like no other, since by the end of the episode we will not only see New Directions head to Nationals, but also find out if they are victorious in the process.

Since we do have two hours with of content to get through, this does mean that our weekly music preview is going to be a little longer than usual. If you love Jenna Ushkowitz, though, you are going to be rather happy to see that she actually gets some time in the spotlight courtesy of the first episode in “Props.”

“Props” Music

“Because You Loved Me,” Jenna Ushkowitz (as Lea Michele) – You read that right. After bumping her head, Jenna’s Tina is going to get everyone confused during the first episode. Not only is she going to be imagining herself as Rachel Berry during this episode, she will also be performing as her.

“Flashdance … What a Feeling!”, Jenna Ushkowitz and Lea Michele – Supposedly, this song will happen near the end of the episode, as Tina and Rachel (or “Tinchel,” if you prefer) are getting ready to take off to Chicago and the biggest stage for them to perform. Dear, “Glee” producers — let these performances be a sign that Tina can handle some of these performances and she can do more moving forward.

“Mean,” Dot-Marie Jones and Mark Salling – Our favorite performance of the entire two episodes. Neither Dot nor Mark are the best singers, but there is so much vulnerability here that we hang on every single word. Remember what they are probably singing about here — form abusive husbands to struggles in high school.

“I Won’t Give Up,” Lea Michele – We are huge fans of Jason Mraz, and we absolutely love the fact that this song was covered on the show. With that being said, we are curious about the context here — while the song fits if she and Finn are having trouble, it would seem strange if she is performing this about her desire to still make it into NYADA.

Nationals Music

“It’s All Coming Back to Me,” Lea Michele with New Directions – The song is one of the sort of things we would expect Rachel Berry to sing, and if you enjoy her typical sort of power ballads, you will also love this. At the same time, it may be a little bit too unsurprising for our taste.

“Paradise by the Dashboard Light,” New Directions – On the flip side, what a brilliant choice this was. Finn tackling Meat Loaf was fantastic, and the arrangement here of a song that is eight minutes in its original form was rather stellar.

Now, we’re going to be campaigning for more Meat Loaf music on the show. Can you just imagine Puck and Sam doing “I Would Do Anything of for Love (But I Won’t Do That)”? Paging Ryan Murphy!

“The Edge of Glory,” the Trouble Tones – There is one major change when it comes to the Trouble Tones here — Mercedes is missing! What happened? As you will see in the episode, Mercedes falls ill right before the start of the performance, and she may not be able go out on stage at all.

We do wish there was more done with the song here, but the ladies do a tremendous job.

“We Are the Champions,” New Directions – This song makes us smile. We don’t know whether or not New Directions won or not, but we hope that this is foreshadowing in every sense of the word.

“Tongue Tied” – We don’t really know much about this performance in the context of the episode, but we will admit that this is one of the hottest songs out there at the moment.

“Starships,” Alex Newell and Vocal Adrenaline – When we watched Alex on “The Glee Project,” we were admittedly not the biggest fans of his in the world. On the show, however, he has actually been the most electric performer out of any of the four finalists.

Outside of the show’s hilarious interpretation of the “motherf—er” lyric, this is a really fun performance — and Alex actually raps better than just about anyone else we have heard on here.

“Pinball Wizard,” Vocal Adrenaline – You know that performance that is designed to scare the living daylights out of New Directions? This is that performance, and it actually is so intimidating it’s hard to really enjoy.

What is your favorite performance from these two episodes? Stay tuned, as we’ll have some video previews from the episode Sunday.

Photo: Fox

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