The ‘Glee’ premiere: Darren Criss, Lindsay Pearce lead performances

What performance stood out?

Fans really watch “Glee” for two primary reasons — the story and the performances. Since you probably watched the episode if you are reading this, our hope here is to talk about which performances really stood out from the mold in this episode.

“We Got the Beat” – A pretty standard “Glee” number, but appropriate considering that the club was trying to recruit in a cafeteria. Really, the best moment of the entire ordeal was watching the other students range from being shocked to angry about the whole ordeal going down. Grade: C+

“Ding Dong, the Witch is Dead” – Probably the worst number of the night. It was a rather standard Kurt / Rachel performance that was vocally solid, but it really did not contribute much to the actual story or stand out at the end of the episode. Grade: C-

“It’s Not Unusual” – It was weird at first to hear Darren Criss sing without the Warblers, but it really worked. Blaine has such a fun vibe and a soulful voice — and the fact that his act turned into some Cheerio sabotage made it particularly interesting. Grade: B+

“Anything Goes / Anything You Can Do” – Lindsay Pearce totally killed this song. Ryan Murphy raved about this girl on “The Glee Project,” and this is why. She is by far one of the best vocalists the show has ever had  — and her talent makes her a fantastic villain to go up against Rachel whenever she appears on the show. Grade: A

“You Can’t Stop the Beat” – “Glee” has not ventured far from its format when it comes to its closing numbers — and this was the standard big production number. It was fun, showcased many members of the group, and will likely sell thousands of singles after the show. Grade: B+

What was your favorite song from the episode?

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