For anyone who is a longtime fan of “Glee,” “Don’t Stop Believin'” has to be one of the most significant numbers in the history of the show. After all, this is the first song that New Directions really performed together as a group in the pilot, and it remains one of the most-popular in terms of total downloads on iTunes.
We have seen some reminders of the show’s first episode in the past, but on Thursday night’s new episode “Sweet Dreams,” we are going to have our first full-on reprisal of the song as Rachel uses it for her “Funny Girl” audition. From the perspective on the show producers, the character is singing it alone, and that is the reason why she tackles all of the parts in this version, compared to the more collaborative original cover.
However, the song does contain the chorus including Cory Monteith, Chris Colfer, and the others, as they take on some of the backing vocals as Rachel imagines them all being there in her mind. This performance may not overall have the same sort of magic that the first one had (mostly because that’s impossible at this point), but it does serve as a pretty fantastic reminder of just how far this group has come compared to where they were a few years ago.
It’s unlikely that we will find out whether or not Rachel receives the “Funny Girl” part in this episode, and we’re anticipating a situation similar to the NYADA results last season, where she learned just around the time of graduation.
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